Christmas decoration 2018

On Christmas Day, the Christ Candle in the center of the is traditionally lit in many. Christmas decorations, Germany Christmas decorations in a private home, Europe.

A Christmas decoration is any of several types of ornamentation used at. The traditional colors of Christmas are green (), snow white, and heart red. Blue and white are often used to represent winter, or sometimes, which occurs around the same time. Gold and silver are also very common, as are other. Typical images on Christmas decorations include,,, and the. Typical winter icons include,,, and even and.[]

In many countries, such as Sweden, people start to set up their Advent and Christmas decorations on the of., this is done in some through a ceremony. In the Western Christian world, the two traditional days when Christmas decorations are removed are and if they are not taken down on that day,, the latter of which ends the in some. Leaving the decorations up beyond Candlemas is historically considered to be inauspicious.


A Christmas tree inside a home.

The is sometimes explained as a Christianization of tradition and ritual surrounding the, which included the use of boughs, and an adaptation of pagan. The English-language phrase "Christmas tree" is first recorded in 1835 and represents an importation from the German language. The modern Christmas tree tradition, though, is believed to have begun in Germany in the 18th century though many argue that began the tradition in the 16th century. From Germany the custom was introduced to England, first via, wife of, and then more successfully by during the early reign of. The influential 1840s image of the Queen's was republished in the U.S, and as the first widely circulated picture of a decorated Christmas tree in America, the custom there spread.Christmas trees may be decorated with and.

Types of decorations[]

Glass ornaments[]

A Christmas pickle produced by Lauschaer Glaskugelhaus of Germany

Figural glass Christmas ornaments originated in the small town of, in the latter half of the 19th century. The town had long produced fine glassware. The production of Christmas ornaments became a family affair for many people. Some families invested 16 hours a day in production. For some, it was their sole source of income.

Sometimes competitions were held. Prizes were awarded to the family producing the finest examples. Santa Clauses, angels, birds, animals, and other traditional subjects were favorites.

F.W. Woolworth discovered these glass ornaments on a toy and doll buying trip to, Germany in the 1890s. He sold them in his "five and ten cent" stores in America. The ornaments were said to have contributed to Woolworth's great business success.

For the American market, figures were blown depicting comic book characters as well as patriotic subjects such as Uncle Sams, eagles, and flags. Glassblowers have held on to the old molds. Glass ornaments are still created from these old molds.


A clear glass tube is heated over an open flame. It is then inserted into a mold. The glassblower then blows into the end of the tube. The glass expands to fill the mold. The glass takes on the shape of the mold. It is cooled. A silver nitrate solution is swirled about inside the ornament. This gives the ornament a silver glow. The outside of the ornament is painted or decorated with metal trims, paper clippings, etc.

Cotton batting[]

Cotton batting Christmas ornaments were popular during the years of the German Christmas toy and decoration boom at christmas decoration 2018 the turn of the century. They were exported in large numbers to the United States. These decorations suggested puffs of snow. Fruits and vegetables were popular subjects and often had a realistic appearance. African American and patriotic characters were fashioned for the American market. Some ornaments were used to hide boxes of.

Assembling these decorations was a cottage industry. Cotton batting was wound around a wire frame resembling a human or animal. A face was either painted on or a lithograph cut-out was affixed to the batting. Figures were given crepe paper costumes. Some were touched with glue and sprinkled with flakes of mica for a glittering appearance.


Dresdens are three-dimensional ornaments. They are made of paper, card, or cardboard. Dresdens were produced mostly in and, Germany, from the 1860s to. They were originally priced between 1 and 60 cents. Subjects included animals and birds, suns and moons, humans, carriages and ships, etc. Some Dresdens were flat, allowing the buyer to collect them in scrapbooks.

Positive and negative molds were set into a press. A moistened sheet of card was put into the press. The images were pressed. When they had dried, they were sent to cottage workers for the finishing touches. This involved separating the form-halves from the card, trimming ragged edges, and gluing the two halves together. The form was then gilded, silvered, or hand-painted. Sometimes a small gift or sweet was put into the form. Forms were usually no larger than five inches.

Popular Christmas plants include,, and Christmas trees. The interior of a home may be decorated with these plants, along with and foliage. These often come with small ornaments tied to the delicate branches, and sometimes with a small light set.

are made from real or artificial branches, or sometimes other evergreens or. Several types of evergreen or even may be used in the same wreath, along with and sprays of, and including. A bow is usually used at the top or bottom, and an electric or unlit candle may be placed in the middle. Christmas lights are often used, and they may be hung from door or windows, and sometimes walls, lampposts and light fixtures, or even statuary. Since the 19th century, the, a native plant from, has been associated with Christmas.


A house decorated for Christmas

In and, Australia, and Europe, it is traditional to decorate the outside of houses with lights and sometimes with illuminated,, and other Christmas figures. Municipalities often sponsor decorations as well. Christmas banners may be hung from and Christmas trees placed in the.

In the, rolls of brightly colored paper with secular or religious Christmas/winter/Hanukkah motifs are manufactured for the purpose of. The display of has also become a tradition in many homes during this season. Other traditional decorations include,,,,,,, and. are made specifically for simulating under a tree or village.

In many countries a representation of the is very popular, and people are encouraged to compete and create the most original or realistic ones. Within some families, the pieces used to make the representation are considered a valuable family. Some also perform a live Nativity with and even live.

One of the most popular items of Christmas decorations are stockings. According to legend, would creep in through the chimney and slip gold into stockings hanging by the fireplace. Various forms of stockings are available; from simple velvet ones, to sock-shaped bags to animated ones.

Christmas decorations are typically put up in late November or early December, usually to coincide with the start of. In the UK, Christmas lights on the high street are generally switched on in November. In the U.S., the traditional start of Christmas time is. Major retailers put their seasonal decorations out for sale after back to school sales, while smaller niche Christmas Stores sell Christmas decorations year round.[]

A Christmas tree ornament.

In some places Christmas decorations are traditionally taken down on, the evening of January 5 or January 6. The difference in this date is due to the fact that some count Christmas Day as the first day of Christmas, whereas for others Christmas Day is a feast day in its own right, and the first full day of the Christmas Season is December 26. In and other cultures, this is more like, as the bring gifts that night, and therefore decorations are left up longer.[] The same is true[] in which often observe Christmas according to the, thus making it fall 13 days later.

In England, it was customary to burn the decorations in the hearth, however this tradition has fallen out of favour as reusable and imperishable decorations made of,, and became more popular. If a has been kept alight since Christmas Day, it is put out and the ashes kept to include in the fire on the following Christmas Day. A superstition exists which suggests that if decorations are kept up after Twelfth Night, they must be kept up until the following Twelfth Night, but also that if the decorations for the current Christmas are taken down before the New Year begins, bad luck shall befall the house for a whole year.

In the United States, most stores immediately remove decorations the day after Christmas, as if the holiday season were over once the gifts are bought.[] Nearly all Americans leave their home decorations up and lit until at least New Year's Day, and inside decorations can often be seen in windows for several days afterward.


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