You guessed it.. we just LOVE Christmas ornaments. And then again, who doesn't? Ornaments are used to decorate tree's across the world with stories and memories. They are filled with 'firsts' - think, Baby's first Christmas, Newlywed's first Christmas.. or that time you're child comes home from school with a decoration they made in art class for the tree.. and the list goes on. We believe that your Christmas tree should be personal, it should mean something to those who live within your four walls and it should mostly make you happy each time you look at it!
The ornaments above are special to our family - they tell the story of Cinderella, one of our favorites! These ornaments are handmade in Poland by the Mostowski family. And they've been manufacturing the finest glass ornaments since 1945. Not only are their ornaments hand painted after being treated to one of a kind hand processing methods - they are also meticulously placed in handcrafted wooden boxes that tell help tell their story (and provide the best storage year round so that none of them break!)
Now, Christmas tree's weren't always decorated with glass ornaments. In fact, they were adorned with apples, candy canes and pastries in the shapes of hearts, stars and flowers. Ornaments were originally made in Lauscha, Germany, by Hans Greiner who produced glass beads to serve as garlands on trees and later, tin figures that could be hung on trees. Although, we think that those glass ornaments create for a prettier tree we certainly don't mind that idea of fresh baked goods on tree's either.. just saying!
It may surprise you that we're more than just skeptical on any type of 'themed' Christmas tree. In fact, we don't believe in 'themes' when it comes to tree decorating.. but we PROMISE we have a good reason for it! Often our clients need assistance with holiday decorating, and the first thing they want is for us to throw away all of their Christmas ornaments and start fresh. As if, they had been doing it wrong this entire time.. And almost always, we cringe at the very thought. You're not doing anything wrong! It's all about finding common elements and placement.. and maybe, just maybe, a little newness.
Although, Christmas tree's or holiday decorations are understandably 'projects' that you undertake once a year - and you'd like to start and finish it all in one day, we assure you that going to a few stores in the same day or sticking to only one store to purchase the same color theme for all of your ornaments is the absolute worst thing one can do!
Keep in mind that your tree can be consistent and tell a story without every part of your tree trying to match the other. You ideally want to have a mix of ornaments you've collected over the years along with some new additions each year to 'spruce' it up!
So go ahead and have a little 'fun' with your last minute decorating.. and if you weren't feeling adventurous before, hopefully you are now! Finally, remember the closer we get to Christmas, the more retailers will be reducing the prices on all decorative ornaments - so the time to buy is NOW! You will always have next year to continue enjoying your sweet little treasures!