Christmas Ornaments From Around the World
The red sphere is from Las Vegas
The embroidered fish
Below is the posting I did in 2011. Then below that is a new posting from this year with pictures of some of the ornaments I have collected since then.
Christmas ornaments are one of the best ways to express the cheer and meaning of the holidays in one of the simplest ways. The different themes and feelings can be conveyed merely through Christmas ornaments. A history of love and connections spoken in ornaments, hanging upon the boughs of pine-scented greenery.
|Capiz Shell Angel from the PI|
Since then I have added to my collection. I have a very eclectic assortment of ornaments. I never buy something that says where it is from. I don’t want a tree that screams tourist shop. Even though the ornament doesn’t say anywhere on it where it is from, I can tell you where each came from. It is part of my memories of my trip.
|Silk Elephant from Thailand|
The Celtic horn is from Ireland
|Camel from Turkey|
The feather ornament is a Dream Catcher from Alaska
for an ornament, and ended up buying a small camel which has an opening on his back, which can be a small compartment to hold something. It is metal, and fairly heavy. It does not have a hangar, but I was able to rig a ribbon through the magnetic opening on the back.
Quite a few of my ornaments are from our trip to the Christmas Markets of Germany, Austria, Hungary and The Czech Republic. We did a cruise down the Danube, stopping at different Christmas Markets along the way. I bought ornaments at every stop.
Some of my favorite ornaments that I put on the tree each year are:
My angel from Rome, ItalyThe pewter wreath from Athens, Greece
|Straw Angel from Hong Kong|
Victorian girl on an old fashioned bicycle
The Cloisonné heart from Beijing, China
The fur clad bear paddling a canoe from Alaska
The alligator from New Orleans
Red glass bauble from Las Vegas
(it's Las Vegas gaudy)
My pickle from Germany – it is a tradition
in Germany that whoever finds the pickle
on the tree first, gets to open a
|Mozart Bear from Salzburg|
|Panda from China|
|The goat is from Slovenia|
|Frog from the Canary Islands, Pewter Wreath from Greece|
Reindeer is from PI
In the 4 years since I wrote this article we have traveled many places. And even though my tree is getting very full, I am still buying ornaments. They are the best souvenirs of my trips. Some places have been easy to find Christmas ornaments, others not so easy. We were in Africa in April 2013. We were on safari and not in any big cities, so I wasn't sure I would find anything. Then while visiting a village in the Masai Mara I found 2 very different ornaments for sell. Here are those ornaments.