crazy collections, Christmas ornaments are our favorites. We began
collecting glass and dough ornaments before we were married and have
continued for the past 21 years.
Unfortunately, the dough
ornaments don't fare too well in changing climates and humidity,
so most of our collection is retired. But
the durable glass, plastic and metal ornaments hang from our tree
Even though we normally have a large Christmas tree in
the living room (and another in the galleria), the collection has
large to show in its entirety. So we rotate the ornaments from
year to year...and enjoy a new look every Christmas!
ornaments in our Hallmark collection represent over 20 years. Click
on the logo to see a few pictures of our favorites.
|Christopher Radko returned the art
of ornament-making to Christmas. A few of the beautiful, hand-painted
designs can be seen here.
|Blown-glass ornaments are among the
most beautiful. We began collecting these in 1983 and add new ones
to the tree every year.
|Merry Christmas Around
|Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Suk San Wan Christmas
Sol tan ul chuka hamnidah
It is believed that Christmas ornaments first appeared on Paradise Trees in
the Middle Ages to represent the fruit on Adam & Eve's tree in the Garden
of Eden. These trees appeared in December 24th festivals with apples or wafers
to represent the communion host of the Mass, hung from the branches. It wasn't
until the 1600's that Christmas tree were brought indoors and not until the 19th
century did non-edible toys, trinkets, bells and paper ornaments become popular.