Decorating the Christmas Tree

photo (95)I’ve always admired beautiful theme trees, decoratively displayed in a theme entirely of silver, or a combination of blue and white, or whatever look strikes the decorator’s fancy at that time. Christmas trees are so pretty however they end up decorated, but I always end up using a combination of some new and some old and some handmade ornaments. The old vintage ornaments have a beauty that is hard to find in new ones, although I manage to find a few every year. If I tire of some over time I use them on parcels. The past few years I’ve had a growing love for glass ornaments. The lights shine through them so beautifully that they catch the eye when the tree is being admired. I’ve also been making handmade ornaments and collecting them from craft fairs for some time, and I think the handmade ones are among my favorites because of their uniqueness.

Then there is the question as to whether to add tinsel, which I tend to avoid because my cats love it so much. Luckily, there are new solid realistic looking versions of icicles now that work instead for those of us who have to protect the digestive systems of our little pets. The lights can also be either multi-colored or all one color. I do tend to vary on that and change from one year to the next. Here are a few treasures I either have, or have my eye on this year.

Ball Ornaments

60ct Silver Splendor Shatterproof 4-Finish Christmas Ball Ornaments 2.5 inch (60mm)60ct Silver Splendor Shatterproof 4-Finish Christmas Ball Ornaments 2.5″ (60mm)

These dazzling ornaments are done in 4 amazing finishes: shiny, matte, glitter drenched and holographic glitter sparkle
This special club pack will allow you to build your collection quickly and decorate with more possibilities. Shatterproof ornaments combine the beauty and luster of real glass with the unbreakable practicality of plastic. Balls are equipped with silver ornament caps. Pack of matching silver string hangers are included for optional use (ornament hooks not included).

  • 60-piece set
    Color: silver splendor
  • Dimensions: 2.5″ (60mm) diameter
    Material(s): plastic/glitter

Medallion Collection Red With White Glitter Decorated Glass Ball OrnamentsMedallion Collection Red With White Glitter Decorated Glass Ball Ornaments

This collection of 15 very pretty high quality small glass decorated bulbs would look great on a small Christmas tree or interspersed with regular bulbs on a full sized tree, either as part of a theme red/white tree or mixed with other colors.

  • Medallion Collection Red With White Glitter Decorated Glass Ball Ornaments
  • Size: 1.57 in
  • Brand: Kurt Adler
  • Material: Glass

Darice 2610-43 6-Piece Heavy Duty Glass Balls Clear Glass, 70mmDarice 2610-43 6-Piece Heavy Duty Glass Balls Clear Glass, 70mm

Darice’s Clear Glass ornaments are the perfect base for creating custom made Christmas ornaments. 6 Pieces in package. 70 Millimeter Size. Heavy Duty Glass.

  • Color: Clear
  • Brand: Darice
  • Model: 2610-42
  • 6 Pieces in package
  • 70 Millimeter Size
  • Heavy Duty Glass
  • Round Glass ornament

Pendants, Drops and Finials

8ct Purple Passion 4-Finish Regal Shatterproof Finial Christmas Ornaments 4 inch8ct Purple Passion 4-Finish Regal Shatterproof Finial Christmas Ornaments 4″

These dazzling ornaments are done in 4 amazing finishes: shiny, matte, glitter drenched, and holographic glitter sparkle. These finial ornaments are perfect for larger spaces that require some eye-catching radiance. Shatterproof ornaments combine the beauty and luster of real glass with the unbreakable practicality of plastic. Ornaments are equipped with silver ornament caps. Pack of matching silver string hangers are included for optional use (ornament hooks not included).

  • 8-piece set
  • Color: jet black
  • Dimensions: 4 inches high x 2 inch diameter
  • Material(s): plastic/glitter

LOT 6 EGYPTIAN HANDMADE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GLASS P42MEgyptian Handmade Christmas Ornament Glass

These ornaments are handmade in a small workshop in Egypt and are a work of art.

  • Average Height: 5 inch (12.5 cm)
  • Mouth Blown Pyrex Glass
  • Random mix of Color ( Red, Golden Yellow ,Blue and Green)
  • set of six

 

Old Fashioned Looking Ornaments

Old World Christmas Bride's Collection Ornament Box Set 1Old World Christmas Bride’s Collection Ornament Box Set

According to tradition, the tree of a newlywed couple should include these twelve ornaments to ensure happiness for their life together. This beautiful ornament set contains all twelve hand-blown glass ornaments nestled into an elegant presentation box for safe storage. This perfect wedding gift includes a certificate of congratulations to the newlywed couple with places to commemorate both the bride and groom as well as the presentor and the date of the wedding. I think any true ornament collector would love this beautiful set. The ornaments represent:

  • Old World Christmas Bride's Collection Ornament Box Set 2Flower Bouquet: Good Wishes
  • House: Shelter and Protection
  • Santa: Unselfishness and Good Will
  • Angel: God’s guidance in the Home
  • Rose: Beauty and Affection
  • Rabbit: Hope and Faith
  • Pinecone: Motherhood and Fruitfulness
  • Bird: Happiness and Joy
  • Fruit Basket: Generosity
  • Fish: God’s Blessing
  • Teapot: Hospitality
  • Heart: True Love

Disney Frozen Christmas Tree Ornament Set Featuring Anna, Elsa, Hans, Kristoff, Sven the Reindeer, Olaf the Snowman...Disney Frozen Christmas Tree Ornament Set Featuring Anna, Elsa, Hans, Kristoff, Sven the Reindeer, Olaf the Snowman

Bring a whimsical touch to your holiday décor with this fun Disney’s Frozen ornament set, featuring the whole cast of characters! Perfect for Christmas & other holidays.

  • Disney’s ‘Frozen’ holiday ornament set
  • Includes 6 ornaments: Anna, Kristoff, Elsa, Hans, Sven the Deer and Olaf the Snowman
  • Silver hanging cord attached to each individually
  • Approx. 2.5″-4″ – Durable PVC
  • Comes packaged as pictured

Fisher Price Toy Ornaments

Check out these timeless adorable Fisher Price toy ornaments, sure to bring back memories for many generations! Click images for details, prices and to buy.

Department 56 Fisher Price Rock-A-Stack Ornament, 3.3-InchDepartment 56 Fisher Price Chatter Telephone OrnamentDepartment 56 Fisher Price Fisher-Price Camera Ornament, 2.25-InchDepartment 56 Fisher Price Cash Register OrnamentDepartment 56 Fisher Price Radio Clock Ornament, 2.8-InchDepartment 56 Fisher Price Fisher-Price Screen Ornament, 3.8-Inch

Lot of 12 Dancing Tin Angels Christmas Tree OrnamentsLot of 12 Dancing Tin Angels Christmas Tree Ornaments

This is a package of twelve tin angels measuring approximately 4 inches each, three of each of the four designs shown. They would add a sweet rustic charm to a Christmas tree or if used on parcels. Angels are always a popular Christmas decoration. Brand:  Fun Express. 4″ hangars attached.

Collectible Ornaments

Many grandparents will buy their grandchildren a collectible ornament every year with the thought that by the time they are old enough to have a tree of their own, they will have an exquisite collection to start their own family traditions with. If you’re a collector here are a couple of this year’s offerings.

Swarovski Annual Edition 2014 Crystal Snowflake OrnamentSwarovski Annual Edition 2014 Crystal Snowflake Ornament

Commemorate the year of 2014 with an elegant limited-edition crystal snowflake ornament from world-renowned Swarovski. Highly anticipated each year as the holidays approach, the annual crystal ornament is an avid collector’s dream and a first-timer’s treasure. Hand crafted in Austria from the finest clear crystal, the star hangs from a white satin ribbon with a silver-toned metal tag engraved with “2014”, The Swarovski Christmas Stars collection began in 1991 and have now become one of the most sought after pieces in the Swarovski Crystal collection. It is never too late to start collecting these timeless Swarovski ornaments, can be hung as window decorations, or can be presented on the elegant Christmas Display.

  • Brand: Swarovski
  • Model: 5059026
  • Released on: 2014-10-26
  • Dimensions: 3.25″ h x .81″ w x 2.56″ l, .8 pounds
  • Limited edition to 2014
  • Great gift for any Christmas ornament collector, Newborn or Anniversary
  • Made in Austria

Swarovski #5058935 Kris Bear - Christmas Annual Edition 2014Swarovski #5058935 Kris Bear – Christmas Annual Edition 2014

Collectors around the world look forward to the annual arrival of the Christmas Edition Kris Bear. This year’s design is simply adorable – the clear crystal bear is holding a delicate crystal present and lacquered metal cat. Decoration object. Not a toy. Not suitable for children under 15.

  • Brand: Swarovski
  • Swarovski #5058935 Kris Bear – Christmas Annual Edition 2014
  • Designer: Keiko Arai
  • Approximate size: 1 1/2 x 1 x 1 7/16 inches

Olaf Disney Frozen 2014 Hallmark Keepsake OrnamentOlaf Disney Frozen 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

This silly snowman melted hearts as one of the outgoing characters from Disney’s “Frozen.” Sprung from Elsa’s magical powers, this ornament is sure to elicit laughs from everyone who visits your tree.

  • Brand: Hallmark Disney Ornaments
  • Model: QXD6153
  • Approximate Size: 1 7/8″ W x 3 1/8″ H x 1 1/2″ D
  • Handcrafted Plastic Composite
  • Artist: Kristina Gaughran

Disney Frozen Elsa 2014 Christmas Heirloom OrnamentDisney Frozen Elsa 2014 Christmas Heirloom Ornament

New to the family of Disney Princesses, this Snow Queen with her secret powers is a cool reminder to “let it go.” Disney “Frozen” character. Christmas tree ornament by Hallmark. 3D resin.

  • Brand: Disney
  • Hallmark Christmas Tree Ornament
  • 3D Resin
  • Approximately 3.25″ tall
  • 2014 Collectible
  • This is not a toy. For Decorative Use only

Swarovski 2013 Annual Edition Crystal Star OrnamentSwarovski 2013 Annual Edition Crystal Star Ornament

2013 limited-edition crystal ornament from world-renowned Swarovski. Highly anticipated each year as the holidays approach, the annual crystal ornament is an avid collector’s dream and a first-timer’s treasure. Hand crafted in Austria from the finest clear crystal, the star hangs from a white satin ribbon with a silver-toned metal tag engraved with “2013”. 2013 holiday note: Swarovski no longer provides certificates of authenticity for their annual Christmas ornaments.

Precious Moments Dated 2013 OrnamentPrecious Moments Dated 2013 Ornament

This sweet angel playing the trumpet is dated 2013 for the collectors and will look wonderful hanging from the boughs of a Christmas tree.

Snowflake Ornaments

Kurt Adler 2 inch Glass Iridescent Snowflake Ornaments, 12-Piece SetKurt Adler 2″ Glass Iridescent Snowflake Ornaments, 12-Piece Set

This Kurt Adler 12-Piece 2″ Glass Iridescent Snowflake Glass Ornament set is a beautiful, classic way to add to the décor of your Christmas tree. Each small snowflake is textured and clear, and has a different intricate, beautiful design.

  • Size: 2 in
  • Color: Clear
  • Brand: Kurt Adler
  • 2″ glass ornament set
  • Glass snowflake ornament set

Tree Toppers

Kurt Adler 8.5-Inch Indoor UL Star TreetopKurt Adler 8-1/2-Inch Indoor UL Star Treetop

This 8-1/2-Inch star treetop is a beautifully classic way to decorate your Christmas tree. Gold in color, this star is accented by gold trimming in a pattern on each of the 5 points of the star. Indoor only, it comes with a 48-Inch lead wire, 4 spare bulbs, and 2 fuses.

Kurt Adler 14inch 10-Light White and Silver Angel TreetopKurt Adler 14″ 10-Light White and Silver Angel Treetop

This 14-Inch 10-light white and silver angel treetop is a beautiful, classic way to accent your Christmas tree. Dressed in a long, white dress adorned with silver trimming and detailing, this angel has white feathery wings, blonde hair, and is holding two light up candles.

Garland

Kurt Adler H1737 9-Foot Plastic Glittered Life Saver, Ball, and Candy GarlandKurt Adler H1737 9-Foot Plastic Glittered Life Saver, Ball, and Candy Garland

This is a fun retro replica of the old fashioned candy garlands.

  • Made of plastic and sprinkled with glitter
  • Features a fun design of assorted candies
  • Measures 9 feet long

Kurt Adler 6' Plastic Ice Wire Clear GarlandKurt Adler 6′ Plastic Ice Wire Clear Garland

This 6′ plastic ice wire clear garland is a beautiful, unique way to add to your holiday décor or Christmas tree! This strand of garland features several smaller branches adorned with clear crystal-like detailing resembling an ice-covered tree branch after a snow storm. Its a very pretty, dainty and elegant garland.

Icicles

24 piece Set Kurt Adler 3.5-5.5 Assorted Clear Glass Icicle Ornaments24 piece Set Kurt Adler 3.5″-5.5″ Assorted Clear Glass Icicle Ornaments

This Clear Glass Icicle Ornament Set of 4 Boxes by Kurt Adler is a beautiful, classic way to add to your holiday décor. Ranging in size from 3-1/2 inches to 5-1/2 inches, each icicle ornament features a beautifully realistic dripping design, perfect for adding an icy, wintry feel to your Christmas tree. Each box contains 12 pieces 3.5″ and 12 pieces 5.5″ wonderfully detailed icicles. These are a gorgeous option for those of us with pets who try to chew the traditional tinsel. A normal sized tree could accommodate a couple of sets.

12 Beautiful Multicolor GLASS ICICLE Christmas Ornaments HOLIDAY Tree12 Beautiful Multicolor GLASS ICICLE Christmas Ornaments/HOLIDAY Tree Decor

12 Beautiful new in box 4.5″ Multicolor icicle ornaments.

  • Brand: Oriental Trading Company
  • Model: 4/2134
  • 12 Beautiful multicolor icicle ornaments
  • 4.5″
  • Include cords for easy hanging
  • Great gift for yourself of a friend
  • NEW IN BOX

BRITE STAR Silver 18-Inch Icicle Tinsel - 2000 StrandsBRITE STAR Silver 18-Inch Icicle Tinsel – 2000 Strands

For those who prefer the traditional icicle strands, this is a set of 2,000 strands, each measuring approximately 18 inches. For best results: vigorously shake package, these lightweight plastic icicles sometimes adhere to each other. To separate, pinch between fingers, as you remove them from card.

Ornament Hangers

Each year the Christmas tree manages to consume a good number of ornament hangers. I never know quite how that happens, but its frustrating not to have them on hand when we need them.

Premium Silver Swirl Scroll Christmas Ornament Hook - 10 packPremium Silver Swirl Scroll Christmas Ornament Hook – 10 pack

The benefit to buying pretty hangers for your ornaments is that you aren’t likely to lose them to the tree each year! These pretty silver ornament hooks add some magic to your tree. Both elegant and sturdy, they hold your tree decorations securely.

  • 1.5″ long and 1″ wide
  • Metal alloy
  • Silver
  • Sold as a package of 10 hooks

Adams Christmas 4100-99-1040 Ornament Hangers, 48-PackAdams Christmas 4100-99-1040 Ornament Hangers, 48-Pack

These aren’t as pretty as the silver swirls, but its another variety that you’re unlikely to lose. I use them, and they hold the ornaments well. Adams ornament hangers are made of plastic that is safer to use than the traditional sharp metal hooks. They ensure your favorite ornaments hang securely all season long, and their clear design blends with all trees. Pack of 48 ornament hangers.

Also see: Christmas Lights

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