Wooden Christmas Ornaments
The First Christmas Trees and Their Wooden Ornaments
Many of us have fond childhood memories of decorating the Christmas tree with multi-colored ornaments of different shapes and sizes. Everyone had their favorite and it was their's to hang in it's own special place. Most of the ornaments were probably purchased at a discount or department store and were fragile. Replacements would need to be bought each year to make up for the broken ornaments that did not survive the ten month storage in the attic, basement or garage. But the most endearing ornaments are those that were made of wood. It's something unique and memorable about wooden ornaments. The smooth and warm texture of the wood between your fingers and the bright paintings add a charm all its own to these wonderful Christmas treasures.
Christmas trees were initially embellished with apples, nuts, or pastries in the shape of stars, flowers or hearts. The use of the conifer tree comes from evergreens representing renewal of life. This tradition of decorating evergreen trees can be traced as far back as the 16th century, where devout Christians started the practice of bringing decorated evergreen trees into their homes. The Christmas tree has recently been referred to as a "holiday tree", yet it has it origins in Christian tradition. The adorning of trees with baubles came into widespread practice during the Renaissance period of modern Germany. During this time in Germany's history, artists and thinkers who had traveled to Italy, brought the new humanistic ideas back to Germany, causing a flourishing of Germanic culture and artistic development. It is from this German influence that the terms "Tannebaum" or "Yule Tree" ("Yule" being an German winter religious festival) is often applied to the Christmas tree.
Some cultures have their own variation on the actual Christmas tree, yet still the adding of the decorations are the highlight of the season. In the country of Georgia, hazelnut or walnut branches are shaped to form a tree and can be anywhere from 8 inches to 9 feet in height. In Poland, a branch of a conifer tree was suspended from the ceiling, then decorated. The Christmas tree was introduced in Britain by King George III's Queen Charlotte of Meclenburg-Strelitz but remained a mostly royal treat for many years. Pictures of the British royal family around the Christmas tree increased its popularity in Britain and among America's upper class. The first Christmas tree is thought to have erected in 1816 in Easton, Pennsylvania, a mostly German settlement.
Later it became a common form of decorating the Christmas became with wooden ornaments, since wood was a most common material,and the ornaments could be purchase and used year and year; even being passed down from one generation to the next. One of many Christmas decorations that has beenpassed down is the wooden "Nutcracker" ornament. Originally not used as decoration (they were nut crackers), but were a popular Christmas gift, symbolizing good luck. In 1816, in an Christmas story called "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", adapted by Peter Tchaikovsky, the Nutcracker took on a new life of seasonal significance and became a popular way to adorn Christmas trees.
The popularity of Wooden Christmas ornaments has continued to grow and is especially prevalant in Denmark, where entire families throughout the country would gather together to spruce up and create new wooden ornaments for their "Juletrae" or Christmas tree. These wooden ornament would be in the forms of drums, bells and wooden figures. A great way to engage the family in the holiday spirit is to buy blank wooden ornaments and have fun painting them with acrylic or poster paints. BestPysanky.com offers wooden ornament kits which can make this an easy and fun family project.
BestPysanky offers a wide array of wooden Christmas tree ornaments to decorate your holiday season. Affordable and lovely wooden Christmas ornaments can be found to delight each family member from young to old. You will find painted egg and ball shaped ornaments; many styles of wooden figurines-including snowman, Santa Claus and angel figures The Russian wooden dolls and nutcrackers will add an international flair to your Christmas tree. The ornaments are available for hanging and others are tabletop decorations. You can find embossed, jeweled and hand-carved wooden eggs. The precious value of wooden ornaments is their lasting beauty and memories of Christmas's past, to be used over and over again for many Christmases to come.
At BestPysanky we strive to have a broad selection of ornaments, now including wooden Christmas ornaments.These beautifully hand painted treasures have been hand carved into balls, eggs, stars, animals, santa, nativity scene and many other designs. The skilled artists who worked on these fantastic wooden ornaments, have mastered their techniques, and it shows.
Most of our wood Christmas ornaments are made in Ukraine, Russia, India.
Wether you are looking for a memorable gift, or just an addition to your decorative collection, our wooden Christmas ornaments are perfect for any holiday occasion.