Have you ever wonder where the Christmas ornaments come from? Well, long time ago Christmas Ornaments were more practical and served dual purpose.Edible Christmas ornaments were used to decorate a Christmas tree for celebrating Christmas. Christmas tree tradition first started in Germany. Christmas trees were decorated with strings of dried apples, garlands of popcorn, tin figures, white candy canes and pastries shaped as stars, flowers and hearts. Later on, in the mid 1800s, the first glass baubles were produced by the artisan Hans Grenier in Lauscha, Germany. He came up with garlands of glass beads as an alternative of the popcorn strings.
The original glass ornaments were mostly in the shape of fruits and nuts. Artisans quickly recognized the growing popularity of Christmas baubles and began producing them in a wide range of designs. Christmas baubles became very popular in Germany and the artisans in Lauscha used their artistic imagination to create many new shapes baubles. Soon, the whole of Germany began buying Christmas glassware from Lauscha.
But it wasn’t until 1840 when the Christmas decorating became a part of the Christmas celebration outside Germany. Impressed by a Christmas tree decorated with glass ornaments and baubles from her husband Prince Albert’s native Germany, queen Victoria wrote about her delight at having a tree, hung with lights, ornaments, and presents placed round it. A London newspaper published picture of the royal tree and Lauscha began exporting its products throughout entire Europe and the rest of the world.
Today almost each region in the world has different traditions and rituals in the Christmas tree decoration. But the spirit of Christmas that began in a little town in Germany is what millions of people share regardless of the traditions. For me and my family decorating of the Christmas tree at home brings the joy and became the most wonderful traditions. It is the preparation for Christmas that makes me happy each year and brings the most magical moment for the soul around that time.
As an artist I love to create a limited Christmas ornaments collection. Each year I spend significant time designing and hand crafting pottery, which then I hand decorate with the colors of Christmas. My Christmas ornaments find their way to collectors around the world and can bring a unique style on your Christmas tree. Hand made Christmas ornaments have high value and bring quality and unique presence like a true piece of art should.