Christmas decorations have a history as long as the holiday itself. Decorations as we know them today were invented in Lauscha, Germany in the mid-1800's. Glass makers from Lauscha blew glass ornaments using mercury or lead inside of ornaments to make them silvery; Later they began to use a mixed compound made of sugar water and silver nitrates for getting similar silver colors for the ornaments. In addition, some went the extra mile and started painting them by hand as a way to celebrate and earn extra money. The earliest Christmas ornaments were simply glass blown to make balls and beads. Some time later glass-blowers began making different shapes of glass ornaments like fruits, vegetables, Santa Clauses, animals, birds, etc.
The ornaments made in that period were German custom hand-blown glass decorations as well as hand-cast lead. With the progression of time, the ornaments became more embellished – and even more expensive. Silk and wool threads, chenille and tinsel embellishments were common. Spun glass appeared in examples like wings from angels to butterflies; tinsel was used on ornate flower baskets during the holiday. Christmas balls, or baubles, come in all kinds of sizes and custom colors. For many people, decorating their home and Christmas trees with ornaments is one of the most enjoyable ways to capture the magic and excitement of the holidays.
Evergreen trees (which resembled Paradise trees) were decorated with small white wafers which evolved into small pastries in the shape of hearts, various flowers, stars, constellations and angels. Ornaments were a small but growing custom amongst celebrants until the age of F.W. Woolworth. His small stores stocked German-made ornaments in 1880. By 1890, stores were selling $25 million worth of ornaments at the lowest of low prices. Meanwhile, the ornaments themselves would be treated like art projects for families as a way to come together during the season.
Families decorate the baubles with everything from Santa Claus to elves and reindeer to celebrate the Christmas spirit. Some even get creative with making the baubles out of different materials like glass, wood and resins and add their particular touch whether it be animals, movie scenes, The Nativity and others. Christian churches see a lot of foot traffic during the holiday season, especially from families. Giving the children something to do to keep them occupied during services includes painting lambs and mangers onto the ornament as a tribute to the holiday. Children have depicted everything from Mrs. Claus baking cookies to simple patterns of red and green decorated in glitter. Adults have gotten in on the fun all over the world by decorating the balls in all different kinds of colors depending on their region and local customs. Frosty the Snowman is another popular depiction on Christmas balls. The Nativity is the most renowned among holiday designs, celebrating baby Jesus' birth surrounded by family and well-wishers.
The traditional Christmas ball design started with glass but has now encompassed wood, plastic and manufactured in more places to suit any kind of design. Plastic models are the most common kind used in Christmas decorating worldwide, seen on TV commercials as well as infomercials, used in movies, plays and other media. Our
glass designs are considered more upscale due to the time and intricate planning good design takes. You can see everything from Nativity scenes to angels helping Santa put Frosty together in our store that will last you and your family generations to come. Our vibrant color selections brighten up your home and turn any room into the center of holiday cheer. Throwing a classy holiday party? Our wooden Christmas balls come in sets of three to save you time selecting what goes with your tree. Our glass balls come in sets of four, ready to hang out of the box and make your tree the most festive you've ever seen! Picking themes or colors has never been easier due to our selections and artists used. Imagine waking up to the Christmas you deserve, full of merriment and color. We pride ourselves on craftsmanship and quality to bring to your home, no matter where in the world you live. Unique takes on what makes a ornament ensure that you'll be satisfied with your selection. From Santa, to the Nativity we have everything you want to make this holiday season memorable. Browse through our selection and find the right one for you!
The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments has been around for hundreds of years. The glass ball ornament is a classic design that has stood out on Christmas trees since the beginning, being made with various materials. We carry a selection of glass, paper mache, and wooden ball ornaments. Hand made and hand painted, our Christmas balls ornaments are of the highest quality and finest craftsmanship. The beauty of each of the ball ornaments makes them so valuable and well loved that people pass them down from generation to generation. A unique Christmas ornament may end up somewhere down the line in your family, so browse through our selection and find the right one for you!