Christmas Ornaments of the Past

Every Time a Bell Rings

"Everytime a bell rings an angel gets its wings", many of us have heard that famous line from the movie " A Wonderful life" and for the baby boomer generation christmas always evolved around the christmas tree and christmas ornaments. F.W. Wooloworth , Kresge and Neisner;s as well as many others were able to sell these sparkling little ornaments from .5 cents to .20 cents. The special little ornament normally sold once a year was from Macy's or Gimble's department store. This was the era when mom and dad would have everyone put on there sunday best and pack the family in the car , drive downtown to see that carefully orchestrated and absolutely glistening and gleeming christmas tree which was lit up with lights and plenty of ornaments. Complexity and offering a variety of ornaments was the driving engine of ornament sells in that era.

Injection molding was used in place of simply blowing bubbles out of molten ribbon or even glass or plastic which allowed for the reflective indentations in totally round ornaments. Injection moldings also allowed the ornaments to come in different shapes which for tradtional glass blowers were unavailable. Intricate figures and entire nativity scenes could be created in plastic and encased in a pastel-tinted outershell. Movie stars real and animated were sold by the thousands.

Many families had mini villages that looked like something out of the book " A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Sometimes the buildings were meant to be illimunated by Christmas lights that required some sort of clip arrangement to faciltitate the placement of the village.

There was elves and fuzzy little friends , cute snowmen and santa and his reindeer as cute was a trait for the 1950's. Perhaps it was the admiration of cuteness that led to the amazingly stark simplicity of the aluminum christmas tree. And so the era of cute ends and leaving cookies for santa , and watching the snowflakes fall as you lay burrowed beneath your blankets waiting for Santa to bring that new pony you were begging for all year or that shiny new bike with the bell.These are the memories of ornaments placed deep in box and opened on christmas once again in our dreams.

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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

Nice hub!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Julie- Ann thank you as I love yours as well.:) Christmas is my favorite time of year and sometimes I wish it could be Christmas all year round, however I do believe we would all get bored. :)


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hudsonliberty 7 years ago

Yes the angels name was Clarence, just like me. I when I tell people my name they would say Everytime a bell rings an Angel gets it wing. Keep creating these wonderful holiday themed hubs.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

hudsonliberty, I am glad you enjoyed and I just wrote one on Top 10 family movies at Christmas , you are welcome to comment on those as well. :)


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meteoboy 7 years ago from GREECE

I love Christmas. I believe that is the best time of the year because I feel like a child. Excellent and pleasure hub. Thank you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZhoF9Isf0o


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

meteoboy, You are so welcome I love feeling like a child at Christmas and although we have to become an adult it doesn't mean we have to be a scrooge :)


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guidebaba 7 years ago from India

Nice one.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Thanks :)


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whoelsecouldib 7 years ago from Alabama

Ahhhh, Christmas, my favorite time of the year. Smiles and joy all around, even from people who you rarely see smile. A time of the year that seems to bring out the best in people. It is almost that time once again.

I love those Christmas movies too. One of my absolute favorites is "A Christmas Story." I watch it more than once each Christmas. I still get tickled when the boy gets his tounge stuck to the flagpole :o)

Great hub. You make me want to go make a Christmas hub too.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

You should as it is almost time to get into the spirit:)


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Stacie L 7 years ago

oh I love old ornaments! Some families have ornaments for a number of generations!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

I love them too and I still have a box of them that was passed down from my great grandmother and are placed on the tree every year. Haven't since you in a while so thanks for coming by.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi, I love Christmas too :-) And ornaments add the spice and flavor definitely! :) Merry CHristmas!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

ripplemaker, You as well have a very Merry Christmas and ornaments do add spice!!:)


TheSandman 7 years ago

OH AE, between radio jobs I was manager of a Christmas store, the largest full time Christmas store in the country at the time. Keep your memories of the beauty of the Villages and THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL, BUT DO NOT LOOK BEYOND THE FACAD


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

I agree with you 110% :)


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sheryld30 6 years ago from California

I liked this hub. Thank you for sharing. :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

sheryld30: You are welcome and in honesty I forgot about this one, they tend to come out of the ashes with the holiday season. :)

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