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Check with seller Christmas Ornaments and Decorations Ackley

Published date: December 2, 2020
  • Location: Ackley, Iowa, United States

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Christmas – the best time of the year – is the season of love and happiness. As a supplier of Christmas decorations, it is our mission to sell products that have been made with the same love and happiness. The glass ornaments you buy in this shop are crafted and decorated in Europe by hand. Using the non-industrial production process, every ornament is unique and may vary a little. But this lends a “spirit” to our decorations and to your Christmas holidays.The History of Christmas

A holiday that is celebrated around the world annually. There are decorations, including trees, lights, and gifts. Finally, we learn the meaning of the day is a religious one. But where did it all begin? Why was a tree chosen as a symbol? And, what does it represent? One of the popular theories is that an English monk named St. Boniface traveled to Germany in the 7th or 8th century. He became the Apostle of the German people and he brought a fir tree to them. St. Boniface believed that the shape of the fir tree represented the holy trinity. The holy trinity is God, his son Jesus and the holy spirit. Thus, began the history of Christmas.German Christmas Decorations

Religious Germans acknowledged the traditions and started decorating the tree in a ceremonial manner. They first started with plain white candles. This simple method started to evolve in the 15th century. In Latvia, a portrayal of the Virgin Mary was integrated into the decorations with the addition of roses. This is thought to be the beginning of contemporary Christmas decorations. In Strasbourg, in 1605 a tree was brought indoors and trimmed with wafers, lights, roses, and candies. This started a new trend of German Christmas decorations. Around 5 years later they created tinsel using pure silver. The tradition traveled to England and the decorations became even more elaborate. The fancy, new decorations displayed hand-sewn snowflakes and glass beads. In the early 1800s, decorations were edible. They adorned trees with delicious nuts and fruit. And, soon, they hung different fruits on the trees among shiny foil and streamers. Thus began the era of lights and merriment. German Christmas decorations began to include gingerbread. And, the U.S. started hanging strings of popcorn and cranberries. The U.K. fashioned ornaments with paper, lace, and other objects.Glass Ornaments

Prior to the 1880s families made their own ornaments. In Germany, the only ornaments that could be purchased were cast lead and hand-blown glass. In Lauscha, glassmakers began making glass ornaments for the larger market. These ornaments sold immediately. So, many families became involved in ornament production. Germany held a monopoly on glass ornaments. In the 1880s, F.W. Woolworth began importing German ornaments into the U.S. . Within ten years, he sold around $25 million worth of the ornaments. In Dresden, a city near Lauscha, the artisans made nonglass, bright-colored ornaments in animal shapes. They fashioned these ornaments from pressed and embossed paper. They made other ornaments from pressed tin and tinfoil strips. The strips, called icicles or tinsel, were a big hit in Germany. Max Eckhardt, a U.S. businessman, teamed up with F.W. Woolworth and convinced the Corning company of N.Y. to use their light bulb making machine to also create glass ornaments. This process was a huge success. By 1940, the Corning company was turning out glass ornaments on a larger scale than Germany.Tree Ornaments

Just as Eckhardt suspected, glass ornaments took another big hit after WWII and the materials for making the glass ornaments had to change. They changed the inner silver lining to pastel colors and they changed the metal cap to cardboard. After WWII, F.W. Woolworth and its competitors were the primary ones selling Christmas tree ornaments and decorations. Complex designs and varieties of the ornaments available drove sales. The Lausche glassworks became state-owned entities after the war. There was no more production. After the fall of the Berlin wall , firms re-established as private companies. Today, there are around 20 small glass-blowing companies active in Lauscha. Glass Christmas tree ornaments still exist today. But, they now make most ornaments out of plastic.

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