Christmas Tree Ornament


An ornament represents an accessory that is used to better the look. Ornamentation of Christmas tree is done in order to increase its beauty and elegant display. It is up to you either to get new ornaments or use the old ones to decorate the Christmas tree. A perfect idea would be getting some new ornaments every year and keeping them and adding them to your collection. Below some uncommon and evergreen Christmas Ornaments are listed.

  • Glass ornaments
  • Hand-carved nutcrackers
  • Smokers
  • Pyramids
  • Splendid Angels
  • Charming Willow Tree figures
  • Holiday dishes
  • American-made china tabletop
  • Santa and snow people ornaments
  • German Glass Christmas Ornament Bells
  • Christmas Cross Ornament With Flower Accents
  • Gold Glitter Flying Butterfly Christmas Ornament
  • Christmas Dolls.

Do you know that long-long ago the Christmas tree was adorned with roses, candles and many food items? The Christmas tree of the 19th century wore tiny toys, bells, garlands and embellishments from paper. First the Christmas tree was decorated in Germany.
This tradition then was followed by the inhabitants of Western Europe .Throughout years the country of Japan became the major manufacturer of Christmas tree ornaments. Thus by the year 1935 over then 250 million Christmas tree ornaments were produce for import to America.
Within time Christmas ornaments appeared to be more and more costly. Nowadays they are available in millions of sizes, shapes, colors and designs.
It is simple to create a nice Christmas ornament that will look as an old fashioned one. You can even involve you kids in making it. Be sure with a little help and guidance your kids and you will mange to make a Christmas ornament.
Everything you need for it is some scraps of gingham cloth (actually it can be any cloth you choose), Styrofoam balls and a seam ripper or a paring knife. For your kids’ safety try to utilize a plastic knife. In addition, you need to have scissors, some ribbon and a Christmas ornament hanger that will match the cloth selected by you.

Instruction
- Firstly, you should cut the cloth in triangles or any other similar shapes.
- Take one piece of cloth and push the edges into the Styrofoam ball; the edges of the next piece should be pushed into next to the other edge that is already in the ball. To do this use your seam ripper or the dull side of your knife.
- For you ball to look quilted cover it with this.
You can put a hanger in the top of your Christmas ornament; then to the top of the ball tie a coordinating velvet ribbon.
If you wish to get more of a Victorian look you can obtain ivory or white cloth with a miniature rose pattern and coordinating light colored cloth. For added effect of a Victorian look you add several pearls, ribbons and tiny ribbon roses. To terminate the ornament making you should tie a pink/gold ribbon to the top of the ornament, adding a hanger. Now you have another not less beautiful Christmas ornament.
Make more than one Christmas ornament. Some of them you can hang on your Christmas tree, as for the rest, you can make presents to your relatives, friends, neighbors and teachers. Be sure your nice Christmas ornament will be a perfect gift for any recipient.

Christmas Crafts for Kids


Christmas is the best time of year to spend the quality time with your children, no matter whether it is preparing cookies, decorating the Christmas tree or making Christmas crafts.

Christmas Ornaments
One of the marvelous types of Christmas crafts for all members of the family is making handmade ornaments for the holiday tree. There is a big space for creativity and imagination. You can create a lot of Christmas related figures or just get an ornament kit and follow the instructions inside. To find special ideas on making Christmas crafts with your kids you can also use various books and sites.

Table Decorations
A special Christmas craft will perfectly go as an embellishment for the holiday table. For instance, you can create napkin rings using felt and baubles, or get a candle holder if decorate baby food jars using paint and glitter. To make a beautiful centerpiece you can try silk flowers, greenery and candy canes. Another brilliant idea is to create a vase out of an old can and candy canes. Everything you’ll need is to glue the sticks all the way around the outside of the can and place tree branches or colorful flowers.

Food Crafts
Kitchen may be the place where you can create your best masterpiece. For example, you can cook such tree decorations as gingerbread or sugar cookies. Just don’t forget to make a hole in the cookie prior baking it.

Christmas Cards
It became a tradition to send Christmas gift cards. Why not making these cards on your own to impress each recipient? The things you may need are old Christmas cards, craft scissors, glue, glitter, cotton wool and the like.
Just ask your children to cut out uncommon shapes from the old cards and gather them into new handmade Christmas cards. These may be any Christmas figures, such as reindeer, Santa, angels, bells, candles and so far. As you see making Christmas crafts with your children may be not so difficult. Just use your imagination and creativity and you’ll get special cards for each member of the family. Do not forget to let your kids sign their handmade cards.

Christmas Tree Around the World


Canada
German settlers migrated to Canada from the United States in the 1700s. They brought with them many of the things associated with Christmas we cherish today—Advent calendars, gingerbread houses, cookies—and Christmas trees. When Queen Victoria"s German husband, Prince Albert, put up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1848, the Christmas tree became a tradition throughout England, the United States, and Canada.

Mexico
In most Mexican homes the principal holiday adornment is el Nacimiento (Nativity scene). However, a decorated Christmas tree may be incorporated in the Nacimiento or set up elsewhere in the home. As purchase of a natural pine represents a luxury commodity to most Mexican families, the typical arbolito (little tree) is often an artificial one, a bare branch cut from a copal tree (Bursera microphylla) or some type of shrub collected from the countryside.

Britain
The Norway spruce is the traditional species used to decorate homes in Britain. The Norway spruce was a native species in the British Isles before the last Ice Age, and was reintroduced here before the 1500s.

Greenland
Christmas trees are imported, as no trees live this far north. They are decorated with candles and bright ornaments.

Guatemala
The Christmas tree has joined the "Nacimiento" (Nativity scene) as a popular ornament because of the large German population in Guatemala. Gifts are left under the tree on Christmas morning for the children. Parents and adults do not exchange gifts until New Year"s Day.

Brazil
Although Christmas falls during the summer in Brazil, sometimes pine trees are decorated with little pieces of cotton that represent falling snow.

Ireland
Christmas trees are bought anytime in December and decorated with colored lights, tinsel, and baubles. Some people favor the angel on top of the tree, others the star. The house is decorated with garlands, candles, holly, and ivy. Wreaths and mistletoe are hung on the door.

Sweden
Most people buy Christmas trees well before Christmas Eve, but it"s not common to take the tree inside and decorate it until just a few days before. Evergreen trees are decorated with stars, sunbursts, and snowflakes made from straw. Other decorations include colorful wooden animals and straw centerpieces.

Norway
Nowadays Norwegians often take a trip to the woods to select a Christmas tree, a trip that their grandfathers probably did not make. The Christmas tree was not introduced into Norway from Germany until the latter half of the 19th century; to the country districts it came even later. When Christmas Eve arrives, there is the decorating of the tree, usually done by the parents behind the closed doors of the living room, while the children wait with excitement outside. A Norwegian ritual known as "circling the Christmas tree" follows, where everyone joins hands to form a ring around the tree and then walk around it singing carols. Afterwards, gifts are distributed.

Ukraine
Celebrated on December 25th by Catholics and on January 7th by Orthodox Christians, Christmas is the most popular holiday in the Ukraine. During the Christmas season, which also includes New Year"s Day, people decorate fir trees and have parties.

Spain
A popular Christmas custom is Catalonia, a lucky strike game. A tree trunk is filled with goodies and children hit at the trunk trying to knock out the hazel nuts, almonds, toffee, and other treats.

Italy
In Italy, the presepio (manger or crib) represents in miniature the Holy Family in the stable and is the center of Christmas for families. Guests kneel before it and musicians sing before it . The presepio figures are usually hand-carved and very detailed in features and dress. The scene is often set out in the shape of a triangle. It provides the base of a pyramid-like structure called the ceppo. This is a wooden frame arranged to make a pyramid several feet high. Several tiers of thin shelves are supported by this frame. It is entirely decorated with colored paper, gilt pine cones, and miniature colored pennants. Small candles are fastened to the tapering sides. A star or small doll is hung at the apex of the triangular sides. The shelves above the manger scene have small gifts of fruit, candy, and presents. The ceppo is in the old Tree of Light tradition which became the Christmas tree in other countries. Some houses even have a ceppo for each child in the family.

Germany
Many Christmas traditions practiced around the world today started in Germany.
It has been long thought that Martin Luther began the tradition of bringing a fir tree into the home. According to one legend, late one evening Martin Luther was walking home through the woods and noticed how beautifully the stars shone through the trees. He wanted to share the beauty with his wife so he cut down a fir tree and took it home. Once inside he placed small lighted candles on the branches and said that it would be a symbol of the beautiful Christmas sky. Hence, the Christmas tree.
Another legend says that in the early 16th century, people in Germany combined two customs that had been practiced in different countries around the globe. The Paradise tree (a fir tree decorated with apples) represented the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. The Christmas Light, a small, pyramid-like frame, usually decorated with glass balls, tinsel, and a candle on top, was a symbol of the birth of Christ as the Light of the World. Changing the tree"s apples to tinsel balls and cookies; and combining this new tree with the Light placed on top, the Germans created the tree that many of us know now.
Today, the Tannenbaum (Christmas tree) is traditionally decorated in secret with lights, tinsel, and ornaments by the mother and is lit and revealed on Christmas Eve with cookies, nuts, and gifts under its branches.

South Africa
Christmas is a summer holiday in South Africa. Although Christmas trees are not common, windows are often draped with sparkling cotton wool and tinsel.

Saudi Arabia
Christian Americans, Europeans, Indians, Filipinos, and others living here have to celebrate Christmas privately in their homes. Christmas lights are generally not tolerated. Most families place their Christmas trees somewhere inconspicuous.

Philippines
Fresh pine trees are too expensive for many Filipinos, so handmade trees in an array of colors and sizes are often used. Star lanterns, or parol, appear everywhere in December. They are made from bamboo sticks, covered with brightly colored rice paper or cellophane, and usually feature a tassel on each point. There is usually one in every window, each representing the Star of Bethlehem.

China
Of the small percentage of Chinese who do celebrate Christmas, most erect artificial trees decorated with spangles and paper chains, flowers, and lanterns. Christmas trees are called "trees of light."

Japan
For most of the Japanese who celebrate Christmas, it"s purely a secular holiday devoted to the love of their children. Christmas trees are decorated with small toys, dolls, paper ornaments, gold paper fans and lanterns, and wind chimes. Miniature candles are also put among the tree branches. One of the most popular ornaments is the origami swan. Japanese children have exchanged thousands of folded paper "birds of peace" with young people all over the world as a pledge that war must not happen again.

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