Christmas Ornaments: The ornaments of Christmas in early 1800’s were the fruits (particularly apples) and nuts, along with the evergreen trees, which represented the return of the life in the spring. Along with colorful paper streamers, some other fruits and shiny metal foil were also added as the Christmas ornaments. In the room the idea of reflecting the lights grew the popularity where the tree stood. In German families where the popular trees firstly resided another concept began. They started baking the hard cookies and gingerbread giving different shapes of stars, fruits, angels, hearts and bells etc. As the idea of decoration of the Christmas tree grew in the various countries, the various ideas were added of their own. Americans added popcorn to circle the trees, string long strands of cranberries, some small gifts were also added sometimes hanged by the thread or a yarn, sometimes in a basket or nestled in the crook of a bough. There are varieties of interest; the ornaments were created as laces, paper and other materials. Cuttings of some newspapers are also added as the decoration of the tree. Later in 19th century the German’s started producing the Christmas ornaments in mass and sold these strictly as Christmas ornaments. At Lauscha, well known for the glass making is the hub of the glass ornaments.
Styles of Ornaments: The firms making window panes, canes, barometers etc, started diversifying the glass in molded glass ornaments. They are giving the shapes of hearts, stars, cookies, fruits and nuts. There is no end to this market, in some way or the other everyone in the town is involved in creation of the Christmas glass ornaments. To reward the quickest child in the family some parents in German started hiding a glass ornament known as green pickle in the Christmas tree. It is said that St. Nicholas will give an extra gift to the child who will spot the green pickle first on the Christmas morning. St. Nicholas in German comes to visit children on 5th or 6th of December and the children open their gifts on the Christmas Eve traditionally. There is a new story added to this is that a Bavarian came to America who fought the civil war, was captured and was sent to prison. In the prison he was starving to death, he requested the jailer to get him some pickle to eat. By eating the pickle he started growing healthy physically and mentally. He began this tradition of hiding in the family Christmas tree a small glass pickle ornament, on the Christmas morning the finder of that from the year would be benefited all the good luck.
Other style: The other type of ornaments was prepared at Dresden a city of German. The ornaments here are made from the embossed and pressed paper. The paper ornaments are not only Christmas themed, these are highlighted with even garish or bright colors, having birds, fishes and other animals. These are suitable for other occasions and birthdays etc otherwise than Christmas also. The pressed tin was also used as the mechanical toys as ornaments in the late 19th and early 20th century. The time came when the thin foil strips known as ‘icicles’ and tinsel were also used as ornaments. Mostly handmade crafts are used for making the ornaments for decoration of the Christmas trees like Colorful light bulbs, illustrated figures of cute children, angles, elves and animals. The trend changes with the country.Share