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A Brief History of Christmas Ornaments
Christmas celebrations did not become widespread in the United States until the middle of the 1800s. Puritans did not believe in observe Christmas, stating such celebrations were “residual Papist idolatry.” The Pilgrims in Plymouth may have celebrated the first Thanksgiving, but they didn’t celebrate Christmas. Between 1659 and 1681 the colony of Massachusetts banned the celebration of Christmas. Violators were fined five shillings. It wasn’t until 1870 that Christmas became a federal holiday.
The tradition of Christmas trees originated in Germany around 1500. They soon began to decorate their trees, initially with white candles. They soon began adding fruit and cookies baked in various shapes. These customs spread across Europe and German immigrants brought the practice to America.
Christmas ornaments were once mostly homemade items. In the 1800s German craftsmen starting making hand-blown glass ornaments and cast lead ornaments. Queen Victoria of England was married to Prince Albert, who came from Germany. The Queen thought it was appropriate to decorate their Christmas tree with ornaments from Albert’s homeland. In 1846, a sketch in the Illustrated London News showed the couple around their Christmas tree, which was decorated with many ornaments. This significantly increased the popularity of Christmas ornaments in England.
In those days, trends and fashions tended to travel from England to the east coast of the United States, and then westward across the country. In 1880 Woolworth began selling Christmas ornaments from Germany, and by 1890 he was selling $25 million dollars worth annually. Gradually, more elaborate and expensive ornaments became available.
Germany had the Christmas ornament market almost to itself until about 1925, when Japan entered the market, later followed by Czechoslovakia. United States companies didn’t start making ornaments in large numbers until after World War II. Today, Christmas ornaments of all types are made in many countries around the world. China dominates, but increasingly, they are made in countries where labor is even cheaper. Some Christmas ornaments which do not require a lot of hand labor, such as pewter ones, are made in the United States.