Ornaments to Brighten the Branches

vintageornaments4Christmas ornaments got their start as a cottage industry in small villages throughout Germany. Originally, edible treats and small gifts were placed on the tree, but by the mid-1800s, German glassmakers were replacing these treats with blown glass balls. Other popular mediums for these artisans were metal, tinsel, spun glass, paper, wax, and cotton, but glass ornaments have been the most enduring.