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Collecting Vintage Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

Vintage Christmas OrnamentsIf you are a true collector of vintage Christmas ornaments, you are always on the look out for special finds at estate sales, house sales, and garage sales. You never know when you might find a hidden gem hidden among the junk.

There is no time of year that is the wrong time to shop and collect vintage Christmas ornaments because treasures turn up all year long if you know where to look for them. When Christmas comes around, it is such a joy to unpack all of your vintage ornaments, clean them up, and get them ready to fill your Christmas tree so that everyone can enjoy your collection.

If you like to collect vintage Christmas ornaments from around the world, one of the best places to keep looking is Ebay. Ebay sellers from around the globe specialize in their sales niche, and there are many reliable Ebay sellers of vintage Christmas ornaments.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Glass

2 Vintage Glass Hot Air Balloon Teardrop Christmas Ornaments Poland
2 Vintage Glass Hot Air Balloon Teardrop Christmas Ornaments Poland
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3 Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments Double Indent Stencil Teal Red Poland
3 Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments Double Indent Stencil Teal Red Poland
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12 VINTAGE PINK BLOWN GLASS HANDPAINTED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS POLAND ORIG BOX
12 VINTAGE PINK BLOWN GLASS HANDPAINTED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS POLAND ORIG BOX
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Vintage Glass Christmas Tree Ornament Teardrop Glitter Poland
Vintage Glass Christmas Tree Ornament Teardrop Glitter Poland
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Christmas Memories: Gifts, Activities, Fads, and Fancies, 1920s-1960s Vintage ornaments come from countries as far away as Poland, Russia, and Italy in all kinds of materials including glass, plastic, and aluminum. Sizes, colors, and styles vary from country to country and seller to seller. Prices on Ebay are quite reasonable, and you can buy Christmas ornaments in lots or one at a time. There are some really fascinating holiday decorations.

Featured (right): This guide, Christmas Memories: Gifts, Activities, Fads, and Fancies, 1920s-1960s, and the others featured on this page can help sort the wheat from the chaff.

Most of my particular favorite Yuletime ornaments are made of European glass.  But the styles of the glass Christmas time ornaments vary.  Some of the glass ornaments are frosted glass, while others are shiny and translucent.  I really love the hand blown glass ball ornaments.  The colors in blown glass are just sparkling and vibrant.

However, there are also some very interesting molded glass ornaments in various shapes of animals, and Christmas symbols.  Some have glass inside of other glass.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Christmas Scene

VINTAGE HEART STENCIL SCENE BLUE MERCURY GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
VINTAGE HEART STENCIL SCENE BLUE MERCURY GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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JUMBO PINK SILENT NIGHT STENCIL SCENE VTG SHINY BRITE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
JUMBO PINK SILENT NIGHT STENCIL SCENE VTG SHINY BRITE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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1940s 50s Vintage Christmas Ornaments Glass painted scenes
1940s 50s Vintage Christmas Ornaments Glass painted scenes
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VINTAGE CHRISTMAS GLASS MICA COTTAGE SCENE BALL ORNAMENT POLAND
VINTAGE CHRISTMAS GLASS MICA COTTAGE SCENE BALL ORNAMENT POLAND
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: German Glass

Vintage German Glass With Gold  Red Foil Snowflake Christmas Ornament
Vintage German Glass With Gold Red Foil Snowflake Christmas Ornament
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VTG Pink Green Clown West German Glass Christmas Figural Ornament NICE 4 3 4
VTG Pink Green Clown West German Glass Christmas Figural Ornament NICE 4 3 4
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FLOWER BASKET VINTAGE GERMAN GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
FLOWER BASKET VINTAGE GERMAN GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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Glass Tea Pot Antique German Christmas Ornament Vintage Decorations 1920s
Glass Tea Pot Antique German Christmas Ornament Vintage Decorations 1920s
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Christmas Ornaments Change from Culture to Culture

It's a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965The Christmas ornaments made in each country seem to have a certain style or styles that reflect the country that they were created in.

Featured (right): It's a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965

You can see this when you look at the vintage Russian Christmas ornaments to the right. Many of the shapes and motifs remind you of the Russian way of dress, and Russian color preferences.  Not surprisingly, vintage Christmas ornaments often took on a look of the world of their creators.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Russian Glass

VTG Russian Pine Cone Glass Christmas Ornaments in Box
VTG Russian Pine Cone Glass Christmas Ornaments in Box
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Russian Vintage Christmas ornament Glass Fisherman on Clip
Russian Vintage Christmas ornament Glass Fisherman on Clip
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THE 3 LITTLE PIGS VINTAGE RUSSIAN GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS IN ORIGINAL BOX 5
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Christmas vintage Soviet Russian Ornaments blown thick glass set
Christmas vintage Soviet Russian Ornaments blown thick glass set
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Tiny

Vintage Tiny Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Silver Gold Pink
Vintage Tiny Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Silver Gold Pink
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Christmas Tree Ornament Set Miniature Mini Tiny Russian Glass Vintage Old XMAS
Christmas Tree Ornament Set Miniature Mini Tiny Russian Glass Vintage Old XMAS
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Vintage Christmas Tiny Mercury Glass Feather Tree Ornaments IOB Japan 20mm
Vintage Christmas Tiny Mercury Glass Feather Tree Ornaments IOB Japan 20mm
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Cody Foster Tiny of Box 12 Glass Orbit Ornaments Vintage Style Christmas New
Cody Foster Tiny of Box 12 Glass Orbit Ornaments Vintage Style Christmas New
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Blown Glass

VTG Blown Mercury Glass Christmas Tree Silver BIRD ORNAMENT Ball West GERMANY
VTG Blown Mercury Glass Christmas Tree Silver BIRD ORNAMENT Ball West GERMANY
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2 VTG BLOWN GLASS GRAPE BUNCHES XMAS ORNAMENTS GERMANY CZECHOSLOVAKIA
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Vintage Mexican w Sombrero Hat Blown Glass Christmas Ornament Very Good Cond
Vintage Mexican w Sombrero Hat Blown Glass Christmas Ornament Very Good Cond
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VTG BLOWN GLASS SILVER WHITE SANTA CLAUS XMAS ORNAMENT LAUSCHA GLAS CREATION NIB
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Glass Christmas Ornament History

Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s-1960s [Kindle Edition]Originally Christmas trees were decorated with fruit, popcorn, and candy canes. The first Christmas ornaments were called glass baubles, and they were first made in Lauscha, Germany by Hans Greiner in the 19th century. Greiner made garlands of glass beads similar to other garlands strung on trees at the time.

Featured: Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s-1960s

Other glassblowers in Lauscha recognised the growing popularity of Christmas baubles and began producing them in a wide range of designs.

In the 1840's, after a picture of England's Queen Victoria's Christmas tree was shown in a London newspaper decorated with glass ornaments and baubles from her husband's native Germany, Lauscha began exporting its products throughout Europe.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Rare

Vintage 1988 Green MM Christmas Tree Ornament rare MARS
Vintage 1988 Green MM Christmas Tree Ornament rare MARS
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Vintage Skiing Santa gnome pinecone Christmas ornaments lot of 2 Rare find
Vintage Skiing Santa gnome pinecone Christmas ornaments lot of 2 Rare find
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RARE Lot of 12 Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments Glitter
RARE Lot of 12 Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments Glitter
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Adorable Rare Vintage Christmas Piixie Elf With Blue Silver Wings So Cute
Adorable Rare Vintage Christmas Piixie Elf With Blue Silver Wings So Cute
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More Types of Collectible Vintage Ornaments

Cotton Batting Ornaments

Cotton batting ornaments from Europe, were made in the late 1800's by turning cotton batting into Christmas figurines.

Dresden Paper Ornaments

Dresden Christmas ornaments are made from cardboard that has been gilded.

Plastic Ornaments

Plastic ornaments were introduced after WWII. Since most people were not buying products from Japan and Germany after the war, plastics became very popular.

Kitschmasland!: Christmas Decor from the 1950s to the 1970s

Featured (above): Kitschmasland!: Christmas Decor from the 1950s to the 1970s

Dresden Christmas Ornaments

Uncommon Dresden Ornament Large Santa Claus or Father Christmas Batting
Uncommon Dresden Ornament Large Santa Claus or Father Christmas Batting
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Vintage KRAMPUS on a Dresden Sled Christmas Tree ornament
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XLgGerman Dresden Die Cut Gold Paper Rosette Christmas Ornament
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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT VINTAGE DRESDEN STYLE 3 INDENT GLASS CRINKLE WIRE
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Antique Cotton Batting Christmas Ornaments

German Putz Santa Clay Face Cotton Batting Antique Christmas Candy Container
German Putz Santa Clay Face Cotton Batting Antique Christmas Candy Container
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Vtg Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament TALL Girl Angel Diecut Face Figure
Vtg Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament TALL Girl Angel Diecut Face Figure
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Vtg Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament Lady on Swing w Diecut Face Figure only
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OLD COTTON BATTING LONG ROBE SANTA CLAUS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
OLD COTTON BATTING LONG ROBE SANTA CLAUS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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Meanings of Christmas Ornaments

Certain shapes of vintage Christmas ornaments had specific meanings attributed to them.  Here are some of the more common ones.

  • Pickles represented good luck.
  • Fruits and vegetables symbolized the harvest.
  • Birds represented biblical messengers that brought God's love to the world.
  • Ornaments with geometric concave indentations were used during the Victorian era to ward off evil spirits. They were called “witches eyes.”
  • Fish were an early Christian symbol for Christ.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Italian Glass

Vintage De Carlini Italy SNOW White  7 Seven Dwarfs Glass Christmas Ornaments
Vintage De Carlini Italy SNOW White 7 Seven Dwarfs Glass Christmas Ornaments
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Vtg Italy Blown Mercury Glass Ornament Mexican Man Sombrero Christmas 7
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VTG 1970S ITALY FROSTED glitter HAND BLOWN GLASS FROSTY SNOWMAN XMAS ORNAMENT
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VINTAGE BALLERINA REINDEER DANCING GLASS XMAS ORNAMENT ITALIAN ITALY 61 2
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Longevity of Christmas Ornaments

A collection of vintage Christmas ornaments is the type of heirloom keepsake collection that your family will truly appreciate each year when you unpack your ornaments and hang them on your Christmas tree. Each year as your collection grows, your tree will just look better and better, and your ornaments will last for a very long time.

Ornaments add pleasure and color to a family oriented holiday, and bring cheer to your home. With vintage Christmas ornaments you can also have a piece of history attached to your family occasion, and family Christmas traditions.

Vintage Christmas ornaments made meaningful gifts for friends and family as well. Most vintage Christmas ornaments are affordable, and lightweight, so they are easy to give to anyone. You can pick out vintage ornaments that will appeal and have meaning for specific recipients for them to treasure as much as you do. Or you can build your collection together as a family, collecting new vintage ornaments for each family member to start their own vintage Christmas tree.

Antique Christmas Ornaments

Vintage 1999 Blown Glass Firefighters Christmas Tree Ornament 1890s Steamer
Vintage 1999 Blown Glass Firefighters Christmas Tree Ornament 1890s Steamer
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Green Decorated Trike Resin Christmas Ornament 1890 Box Z
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Firefighters Ornament Collection Blown Glass 2nd Ed 1890s Steamer Fire Truck
Firefighters Ornament Collection Blown Glass 2nd Ed 1890s Steamer Fire Truck
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THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS 1890 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GREAT GIFT
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Guides to Christmas Collectibles

Pictorial Guide To Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles, Identification and Values Pictorial Guide To Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles, Identification and Values
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