The Best Edible Christmas Snowflake Ornament
In years past, my family made nearly every ornament hung on our Christmas Tree. We created decorations from felt, plastic, wood, styrofoam, beads and anything else that would add a bit of charm to the lighted tree. We laughed whilst gluing and stringing material to various shapes and passed the time singing favorite Christmas carols. Oh how we treasure those moments!
We still have a few adornments stored away for safekeeping; however, the homemade edible trinkets we crafted were by far the best. Whether it is was dad, mom, or child, one could not resist nibbling on popcorn or stealing a sugar cookie off the tree once in awhile.
One year, my sister made some lovely edible snowflake ornaments from simple food ingredients. My son, who was ten at the time, marveled at their beauty as they gently twirled on the tree. And not only did they look good, they tasted even better! At his request, my sister copied the recipe for him and the following year we covered our entire tree with sugary pastel blue snowflakes. We delighted in eating them throughout the holiday season while sipping cups of hot cocoa. By the time Christmas day arrived, we may have had a couple left hanging on the tree.
This recipe produces a delicate lacy trinket that will shimmer as it adorns your Christmas tree. If you allow children to enjoy them as a treat, I would suggest you do it as a type of advent: one per day since they are purely sugar. Feel free to be creative and design other shapes for your tree; just make sure the frosting is thick enough (about the diameter of a pencil) to support your pattern.
Traditional and Novel Ornaments
Have you ever used any of these to decorate your Christmas Tree?
- Candy Canes
- Small toys
- Wood carved figures or shapes
Christmas Ornament Trivia
We are mesmerized by Christmas trees with their elaborate decorations and lights. Many cities have tree lighting events and festivals to officially kick off the holiday season. You can hear the ripple of admiration as the tree is lit and everyone claps with excitement at the magical sight.
Stores display a plethora of tree ornaments that dazzle the eyes and warm the heart with their beauty. Specialty trinkets range anywhere from five dollars upward and special edition collections may equal the cost of a dinner out for most families. Still, it is one's choice to display a tree that brings joy to their celebration, no matter the cost.
Prior to 1605, decorated Christmas trees were mainly found outside the home in their natural setting. People used popcorn, fruit and nuts as accessories. The first known area to bring a tree indoors was Strasborg, France where homes used paper roses, candles, wafers, nuts and sweets to adorn the tree. As time passed, other items exhibited were eggshells, shiny metal foil and candy.
The first glass ornaments were made in Germany in the 1880's. In the US, F.W. Woolsworth latched on to this new concept and imported them by the millions. Reportedly, he made 25 million in sales by 1890. Later, the Japanese market manufactured decorations to become the highest importer with over 250 million ornaments sold in the states.
Today, it is popular to create a theme such as angels, snowmen, birds, or whatever hobby or collection a person enjoys. Ornaments are much more intricate and can make sounds, light-up, and move to music.
No matter what type of ornament you choose to decorate your tree, homemade or store bought, the purpose it to savor your time adorning the tree with valuable memories and add beauty to your home.
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What you will need
cream of tartar
Optional: peppermint, almond or orange flavoring
1 bottle or tube each
yellow, red, green, blue food color
Cut wax paper into 4 inch squares: one for each ornament
small plastic bags
Pastry Bag can be substituted
silver or white sugar beads
Spool of thread
White or silver
Can use small width ribbon or fishing line
Enlarging the design will make it easier to trace.
The Key Ingredients
What Christmas ornament shape would you make with this frosting?
Other Home-Made Ornament Ideas
- In a small bowl, beat the first four ingredients until the mixture is very thick.
- For white snowflakes, spoon one-third of the frosting into a plastic bag. For pastel snowflakes, add a few drops of food color to the frosting.
- Squeeze the frosting into one corner of the bag. Snip a tiny hole in one corner. The size of the hole in the bag will determine the thickness of the design.
- Using the pattern below, place a 4 inch square of wax paper over it and squeeze the frosting onto the paper. Follow the design steps as indicated in the graph. Accent the ornament with sugar beads as shown in the graph. Note: Duplicate the pattern and enlarge to trace your shape. The ornaments should be about 3 to 4 inches in diameter and as thick as pencil.
- Allow the ornament to harden overnight. Then, slowly and gently remove the wax paper backing. Attach a loop of thread to each snowflake and hang them on the Christmas tree.
Other Interesting Trivia
The 2013 White House Christmas Ornament
The White House Ornament Program
Each year I enjoy watching the White House Christmas TV special which allows viewers to visually walk through the decorated rooms. I am always fascinated with the diverse Christmas trees throughout the rooms and hallways. The ornate decorations are exquisite to say the least. Being a lover of unique ornament designs, I find the White House Ornament program offers much to a collector interested in US history.
In 1981, the White House Historical Association established an annual Christmas ornament program celebrating presidential administration or landmark anniversaries. The first design was a copper weather vane to replicate those that crowned many historic US buildings such as Independence Hall and Mount Vernon.
In the same year, Rex Scouten, Chief Usher, suggested the ornament be hung on the Blue Room tree in the White House. In this manner, the keepsake would be a highlight for visitors when they toured the premises. Each year, a new design is displayed on the tree.
The 2013 ornament honors Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth president of the United States. the focal point of the keepsake trinket features an American Elm tree planted by Wilson on the North Lawn of the White House in 1913, just prior to Christmas. It is framed in 24-karat gold and surrounded by red and green holly leaves. President Wilson's monogram is on the outermost circle. See the adjacent photo and follow the link for further interesting details.
Source: White House Historical Association
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© 2013 Dianna Mendez