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In Europe, the first decorated Christmas trees were adorned with apples, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, including garlands of glass beads and glass and tin figures that could be hung on trees. Artisans heated a glass tube over a flame, then inserted the tube into a clay mold, blowing the heated glass to expand into the shape of the mold. The original ornaments were only in the shape of fruits and nuts. After the glass cooled, a silver nitrate solution was swirled into it, a silvering technique developed in the 1850s. The ornament was hand-painted and topped with a cap and hook. The Christmas baubles became popular throughout Germany.

On Christmas Eve 1832, a young Victoria wrote about her delight at having a tree, hung with lights, ornaments, and presents placed round it. In the 1840s, after a picture of Victoria's Christmas tree was shown in a London newspaper decorated with glass ornaments and baubles from her husband Prince Albert's native Germany, Lauscha began exporting its products throughout Europe. Large German glass ornaments from this period were called kugels, and are highly sought after today. In the 1880s, American F. W. Woolworth discovered these Lauscha Christmas baubles during a visit to Germany, and he made a fortune importing them to the United States.

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.

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

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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Old handblown glass coffee pot Christmas ornament Poland 3.25 in

Old handblown glass coffee pot Christmas ornament Poland 3.25 in

This delicate hand blown glass ornament of a coffee pot is accented with a stenciled mica flower and painted leaves. It stands about 3.25 inches (8...
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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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