Christmas Glass Ornaments Make Special Collectibles
Art is all around us. It’s in the beauty of a blue sky, in the crunch of autumn leaves beneath your shoes and in the contented sigh of a dog as he lies quietly beside you. Many ordinary moments in life can be turned into poignant works of art as Christmas glass ornaments. These ornaments can show off any aspect of daily life but the most popular glass ornaments are the ones with a Christmas scene.
If you’re looking for unique gifts to give this Christmas, considering giving Christmas glass ornaments. They’re perfect for those people who already collect them and they’re perfect for the people who’d like to collect them. Each ornament is a work of art with a special story behind the creation of each one.
Some of these ornaments feature animals and are exclusive to certain cities or high-end department stores, but you can find many beautiful glass ornaments for collections right online.
Many of these artists find inspiration in the things they loved as children. Other artists who create these one of a kind ornaments often go to different locations all over the world to see places and things they can turn into inspiration for the collectibles.
There are glass ornaments to please every single ornament collector that you know. From whimsical butterflies decked in holiday hats to gingerbread men that look so real you can almost taste them to jolly St. Nick with presents on his back, shopping for these ornaments can be addictive!
You’ll want to start your own collection after you see what’s available. There are even larger glass ornaments complete with miniature nativity scenes housed inside. The larger ornaments come with a standing hanger to display the beauty crafted into the design.
You can find glass ornaments made by skilled glass blowers and the beauty of the ornaments will make your breath catch. Some of these ornaments began with skills taught by artists of old and the skills were passed down through the family.
There are patriotic ornaments, whimsical ornaments and even glass ornaments that are custom designed exclusively for businesses. So that “hard to buy for business executive” just got a lot easier to shop for!
The reason these Christmas glass ornaments are in demand and make such great gifts is because each piece is painstakingly crafted to showcase the ornament and attention is given to every minute detail of the design.
You’ll find a wide choice of glass ornaments and some won’t cost you as much as others will. But don’t be deterred by the higher cost of some of them. They’re worth the cost and the collector will appreciate the effort you went to in order to find just the right gift.
What Type of Christmas Ornaments Do You Collect?
When the word collector springs to mind, many people immediately imagine someone who seeks great works of art to hang on his or her walls – something painted by the masters of the art world. Or perhaps you think of someone who haunts antique stores hoping for just the right find. Not many people think of Christmas ornaments as something to be collected. Yet, ornaments are one of the most collected items in the world.
Ornaments are not viewed by collectors as simply another decoration to hang on the tree or display in a case. These items are wrapped in family history and tradition. They take people back to the ‘remember when’ side of life.
More often than not, they become cherished keepsakes because of sentimental ties to the item. Many people who collect Christmas ornaments associate the ornament with an event or a person.
For example, some older people treasure the Christmas ornaments brought back to the States from loved ones stationed in other countries. They began their collection as a result of their loved ones’ military service and now those ornaments are viewed as a scrapbook of tangible memories.
Christmas ornament collecting doesn’t have to be reserved to the holidays. People can purchase ornaments all year long because there are specialty Christmas stores and even online shops where collectors can hunt to their hearts’ content.
Ornaments also make great gifts for anyone, but especially for the collector if you know exactly what they’re looking for. Just remember that there’s no strict guideline to collecting unless you happen to collect in a series or you collect a certain type such as vintage ornaments. If that’s the case, then you’d want to know what you need to look for in the ornament to make sure you got the genuine item and not a copycat.
Collecting Christmas ornaments is a hobby that can breach any age gap. Even children and teens can collect them. One company makes specialty holiday ornaments that celebrate each year of a child’s life. Collect those now and by the time your child is old enough to put up his or her own tree, those ornaments will become a part of a memorable tradition for them.
Some people do collect ornaments from a financial point of view, knowing that the ornaments will only increase in value as time passes by. What type of Christmas ornaments should you collect?
You should collect the type of Christmas ornaments that appeal to you – and you don’t have to stick to just one type of collection, either. If you like whimsical snowmen, then collect those. If the Old World ornaments are more your style, then go for those. Or if you can’t choose between the two, start collecting both.
Do You Use a Christmas Angel to Top Your Tree?
Once your tree is decorated, you’re faced with the task of crowning the tree. Some people top a Christmas tree with large bows and let the strands hang down the sides of the trees. Others place a glittery gold or silver top as the tree’s finishing touch, but one of the most selected choices to top off the Christmas tree is the Christmas angel.
The true meaning behind the use of Christmas angels as toppers vary, with some saying the topper has roots in ancient religious practices of placing a guardian angel on top of the tree to watch over the family. But regardless of the history behind the angel, using one as a tree topper can make your tree radiant.
Putting a topper on the tree is like adding punctuation at the end of a sentence. It means the job is done. Just like the variety of ornaments available to you, Christmas angels come in a huge selection. You can find tall, slim ones or short round ones. You can get angels with tinsel wings or ones with glass wings. Even the color of the angel’s robes are sport quite a selection.
The materials these angels come in cover a wide range. You can find fiber optic angels that will light up the tip of the tree in a rainbow of beautiful Christmas colors. If you prefer the kind of angels your parents probably picked, then you’re looking for the cone bottom angels that have a thin plastic piece wired into place and the light or lights go up inside the cone to light the angel.
Do be cautious with these if you don’t have cool touch lights. The regular lights can get too hot under the angel. You can find angels carefully crafted out of heavy glass for your tree and you can find antique ones too.
For the antique angel toppers, you can expect the cost to be fairly more expensive, but the price is justified. This is an ornament you’ll add to your keepsake collection and it’ll become part of a valued family heirloom. You can expect to pay anywhere from twenty-five dollars to almost three hundred depending on the angel.
You can find angels made from all sorts of materials-made from plastics, durable resin and for the eco minded individual, you can even find Christmas angels made from eco friendly materials that won’t have an impact on the world’s resources.
When you’re seeking the right angel for your tree, don’t forget to shop around. Many upscale department stores have a nice selection of figures for the treetop, but if you want a wider variety or a more unique angel, you’ll have to look at online shops.
Picking the Perfect Christmas Wreath for Your Front Door
If you don’t have a tradition of picking out a Christmas wreath to display on your front door, this year is the perfect time to begin. Much like the practice of going out to pick out the perfect Christmas tree, you can make finding the right wreath a family affair.
A Christmas wreath hanging on the door will greet your guests with a bit of holiday cheer and bring a smile to your face. There are hundreds of different wreaths you can choose. There are large wreaths and miniature wreaths, wreaths made of plastic, ones made of real greenery, ones with huge fake fruits and birds….the list could go on and on.
With all of the choices, you’re bound to select the wrong wreath, right? Absolutely not. There are wreaths that are more suitable than others-for example, you don’t want to get a tiny six inch wreath for an eight foot front door – but other than selecting the right size, you can’t go wrong.
People have different ideas as to what should go in a Christmas wreath and some of them at first glance don’t appear as if they have anything to do with Christmas at all. If you’re looking for a fragrant bit of Christmas to hang on your front door, then you need to pick out a fresh wreath.
If you think you’d have to go retail to find a fresh wreath, you’re mistaken. You can order a fresh wreath online just like you can a multitude of other Christmas related items. There are also wreath and tree companies who’ll ship the wreaths to you at no cost shipping. With a fresh wreath, you get a nice fragrance in the air every time you open or close your front door.
But if live wreaths aren’t the kind you prefer, there are gorgeous artificial ones. You can get wreaths in the size you want and you can even get wreaths geared toward the theme you want. Are you having a Victorian Christmas? You can find a front door wreath to fit that décor.
If you’d like for your wreath to shine in the dark, you can pick out a pre-lit wreath. The desire to use lights is one plus in buying an artificial wreath – you won’t have to worry about the needles drying out like you do with a real wreath.
The two main points to keep in mind when shopping for a wreath are style and dimensions. You want the wreath to compliment your Christmas decorating style and you want it to fit the door you’re going to hang it on.
You don’t want a wreath so small it disappears in the vastness of the door and you don’t want one so big it gets caught every time you open or close the door. One tip to keep in mind is that if you find a wreath you love but you hate the color of the bow, you can always change the bow out yourself.