Christmas ornaments are a staple of the season. In fact, the whole event surrounding the Christmas tree holds great meaning and traditions for many families. While many trees are adorned with color and modern décor, many more are dressed with family history and memories. No matter how one chooses to decorate their tree, the hanging of Christmas ornaments brings family together.
In this article, we’re taking a jump back in time to look at the first Christmas trees, ornament hangings, and how this special time of year came to be.
Some of the earliest documentation of our “modern” tradition date back to the 16th century. During this time, Christian families in Germany would gather together around small evergreen trees placed in a common gathering area. These trees were decorated with nuts, berries, apples, and candles.
Over time, the trend caught on and began to spread across other European communities. However, it was not until the early 19th century that Americans were introduced to the idea of tree decorating. Immediately dismissed by several religious groups, German immigrants continued adorning trees with ornaments during the holiday season.
Later in the century, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert published a drawing of their family around the decorated evergreen tree. It was then that opinions changed and tree decorating became more of a luxury than a forbidden act of paganism.
Homemade Christmas ornaments
While it took time for the idea of tree decorating to become accepted in America, once it did, the evolution evolved quickly. Local artisans soon monopolized the trend with desirable hand-blown glass and other handmade ornaments. Later referred to as bauble, ornaments came in all shapes, sizes, and materials.
Fun fact, the world’s most expensive bauble was designed by Mark Hussey. The ornament took nearly one year to craft and contains 500 diamonds, 3 of which weigh in at 1 carat each. The ornament is circled by two outer rings, which consist of 188 rubies. Although desirable, this one of a kind bauble is valued at $136,000.
Although you won’t find the Mark Hussey bauble in our shop, we promise you’ll find something to add to your family tradition. For the largest selection of unique Christmas ornaments, visit our shop today. Conveniently located on Lafayette Road in Hampton Falls, we’re open 7 days a week to ensure you get your Christmas fill any time of the year!