Christmas Decorations

This category has ornaments and decorations from Christmas past and present.

The modern-day image of Santa Claus was created in the 1840 Clement Moore's 1840 classic, A Visit From Saint Nicholas, and by the American cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1863. Each year Nast drew for Harper's Weekly magazine a new image of Santa, that by 1880s, evolved into a form we recognize today. By the 1920s the image was standardized by advertisers.

The modern Christmas tree tradition began in Germany in the 18th century, and the custom was introduced to England in the 19th century as a result of marriages to German Royalty. They became more widespread in England because the popular royal couple, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, displayed Christmas trees, and these images were published. The tradition then moved to the US because of English influence and increased German immigration to the US. Glass ornaments were popularized in the 1870s, and soon became widespread, including German-made kugels, which are highly sought today.

Margaret Furlong Star in the Night Porcelain Shell Ornament

Margaret Furlong Star in the Night Porcelain Shell Ornament

This is one of Margaret Furlong's beautiful porcelain "Star in the Night" shell shaped ornaments. It was hand made and designed in 1991, and it is...
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Porcelain Santa Claus Figurine, 1930s Japan

Porcelain Santa Claus Figurine, 1930s Japan

This Santa Claus figurine is made of porcelain and cold painted. It has a mold mark on the back (S1496 or S/496), and is marked Japan on the base....
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Vintage 15-inch plastic Santa Clause Christmas Display painted

Vintage 15-inch plastic Santa Clause Christmas Display painted

This vintage 15-inch tall plastic Santa Clause figurine, when lit, emits a nice even warm glow and gives cheer to any Christmas display. It is made...
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Vintage Japan ART Co. ceramic Nativity set, Jesus and Angels

Vintage Japan ART Co. ceramic Nativity set, Jesus and Angels

This is a vintage nativity set of Jesus in a manger cradle with three angels. It was made by the ART company of Japan, and probably dates from the...
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Vintage Japan Santa Claus Salt and Pepper Shakers

Vintage Japan Santa Claus Salt and Pepper Shakers

This is a nice Santa pair salt and pepper shaker set, probably dating from the 1950s. Onme has a Japan label on the base. One Santa has a bell, the...
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Vintage Lrg Christmas Nativity Donkey Italy Paper Mache Newburys

Vintage Lrg Christmas Nativity Donkey Italy Paper Mache Newburys

This is a vintage nativity donkey to an old Christmas manger or creche set. It has a price tag from the (J.J) Newbury's Department store chain, which...
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Vintage Shiny Brite Tear Drop Icicle Ornaments

Vintage Shiny Brite Tear Drop Icicle Ornaments

This is a vintage box of Shiny Brite brand Christmas ornaments. The are labeled tear drops, but they are sometimes sold as icicles or teardrops. They...
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