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Charming Animal Ornaments From Old World Christmas

Updated on February 4, 2015

Christmas Decorations For Animal And Nature Lovers

Have you decided on a theme for your decorations for Christmas 2014? I like nature and natural things, so that will be my theme. I love to have a real Christmas tree in the house. These days, I tend to choose a small tree that can be replanted into the garden for the rest of the year. And for the tree decorations, I prefer a small number of beautiful ornaments. The Merck Family's Old World Christmas range includes a delightful selection of figural animals: realistic, cute, comic, whatever you need to suit your next Christmas theme.

Using traditional techniques that originated in the 1800's, these beautiful, hand-crafted glass ornaments are mouth-blown into finely detailed molds. A hot solution of liquid silver is then poured inside, before the ornaments are decorated by hand-painting and glittering.

This beautiful fawn shown in the photo is just one example. You can get them directly from Merck, although it may be easier to find the one you want at Amazon - more info below!

Some old favourites

Many people have heard the phrase "and the lamb will lie down with the lion". Did you know that it is not an exact quote from the bible? It is actually a combination of ideas from two different verses. In Isaiah 11:6, we hear that dangerous beasts will live with gentle young animals. In Isaiah 65:25, we hear how wolves, lions and serpents will give up eating meat and hurting other creatures. The symbolism is that peace will encircle the world. A nice Christmas theme, I think.

Old World Christmas King Of Beasts Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas King Of Beasts Glass Blown Ornament

Beautifully colored King of the Beasts Lion : he has such a happy face that you could imagine his laying down with the lamb or the calf...


The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

— Isaiah 11:6

Old World Christmas Fawn Ornament

Another of the gentle young animals, this beautiful fawn is made of mouth-blown glass. It is silvered inside, and hand-painted. A lovely addition to any animal-themed Christmas tree.

After his birth, the baby Jesus was visited by three distinguished foreigners - the three magis, kings or wise men. They are very important in the Christmas tradition, and feature in Nativity celebrations. They are thought to have travelled many miles to bring their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Have you ever thought about the camels who carried them that great distance? Well, now you have!

Old World Christmas Magi's Camel Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Magi's Camel Glass Blown Ornament

The camel worked hard to bring the Magis to see baby Jesus


We three kings of Orient are;

Bearing gifts we traverse afar,

Field and fountain, moor and mountain,

Following yonder star.

— John Henry Hopkins Jr.

Christmas Bird Ornaments

Traditional characters will add a sense of decorum to your decorations, and these finely crafted and detailed Merck birds will make a great addition to your Christmas tree. We all know about the wise old owl, so a little bit of wisdom on the Christmas tree would be nice.

Bird ornaments are available as hanging ornaments, or as clip ons, and there is a delightful selection. Merck figures are beautiful mouth-blown glass, hand-painted in realistic colors, perfect to feature on your tree or other Christmas decorations.

Old World Christmas Great White Owl Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Great White Owl Glass Blown Ornament

Beautiful Great White Owl in Arctic plumage. He is 4.5 inches tall.


The crow wished everything was black, the owl, that every thing was white.

— William Blake

Have you chosen your winter holiday theme?

Which of these do you prefer? Or have you a better idea?

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Old World Christmas Squirrel Ornament

From the Old World Christmas range, this mouth-blown glass ornament has been delicately hand-painted. He is 3 1/2" tall, and will look charming on a nature-themed Christmas tree.

Old World Christmas Hungry Squirrel Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Hungry Squirrel Glass Blown Ornament

Very cute, hungry squirrel - he deserves a place on your tree!


Squirrels sometimes get 'a bad press': Sarah Jessica Parker said that the simply a rat wearing a cuter outfit. Personally, I like squirrels, they work had to find and store food, and they ARE cute.

Old World Christmas Wild Animal Ornaments

Realistically hand-painted, mouth-blown glass ornaments. If your Christmas theme for is "the wild", these could be for you.

Old World Christmas Howling Wolf Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Howling Wolf Glass Blown Ornament

This cool wolf is calling everyone home to enjoy Christmas together.


Christmas Raccoon

If a raccoon would add the finishing touch to your Christmas decorations, here's the fella! This handsome character is 3 3/4" tall.

Old World Christmas Water-loving Animal Ornaments

Fancy a manatee tree? A real manatee would be too big for most houses, but Merck make a cute little fellow who will remind you of trips to the Florida Keys and the Caribbean.

Or do you have youngsters who like fierce animals like sharks and crocodiles. There is an amazing range available, including animals to suit all imaginations.

Old World Christmas Shark Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Shark Glass Blown Ornament

Are you afraid of swimming with sharks? Well, this glittering character won't hurt you!


The Christmas Rush

Some people start their Christmas preparations months before. Other are "last minute" rushers. Which method do you prefer?

Getting ready for christmas - Any comments?

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      @ShariBerry: Thanks for visiting!

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      I start Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving. I love all these animal ornaments.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This ornaments are really beautiful, wonderful selection.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great selection of animal ornaments. Fawn ornament looks so adorable :)

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      a christmas skunk - amazing what things exist :-)

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      I let the wife take care of it!

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      MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

      I try to get a head start but always end up rushing at the last minute.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Last minute, well at least a few days ahead of time. I like to have the ornaments down and decorations put away before New Years too.