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Natural Christmas Themes from Old World Christmas

Updated on February 4, 2015

A Natural Christmas Theme Cherishing Nature's Bounty

The Cornucopia, the horn of plenty, is a symbol of abundance and nourishment. In North America, it is often associated with the celebration of Thanksgiving, when Nature's bounty has been collected in.

For many people, this symbol of a large horn-shaped container overflowing with food, flowers, or wealth can equally be associated with Christmas. At this time, many of us are fortunate enough to spend time with family and friends, eating, drinking, giving and receiving gifts, and celebrating.

We should never forget how lucky we are, if we have money for food, a warm place to be and family and friends around us. I have chosen a natural theme for Christmas ornaments, as a reminder of the natural world that provides all this bounty.

Merck's Old World Christmas Ornaments are beautiful, hand-crafted and mouth-blown glass ornaments, made using the same traditional techniques since the 1800's. They are blown into finely detailed molds, after which a hot solution of liquid silver is poured inside. The ornaments are then finished by hand-painting.

Christmas Poinsettia

Poinsettias are popular Christmas decorations, with their red and green foliage now widely used in Christmas floral displays, in churches, homes and offices.The stunning poinsettia is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It was introduced into the United States in 1825, by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Minister to Mexico.

The poinsettia was first associated with Christmas in the 16th century. When a young girl couldn't afford a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday, she was inspired by an angel to place roadside weeds in front of the church altar. Eventually, crimson "blossoms" appeared in the weeds and grew into beautiful poinsettias.

In 17th century Mexico, Franciscan friars included the plants in their celebrations at Christmas time. The red color is said to represent the blood of Jesus Christ at the Crucifixion, and the star-shaped leaves are supposed to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem.

Acorns Growing on your Christmas Tree - Bring a touch of nature indoors

Acorn are considered as good luck symbols. They also symbolize rebirth and growth, hence the saying "Might oaks from little acorns grow".

They are a popular choice for Christmas tress, and Merck make several variations : large acorns, small acorns, and acorns on an Oak leaf. Some are very realistic, and others are more whimsical, but all are delicately hand-painted.

I love these natural-looking reminders of the real world, outside our windows

Old World Christmas Acorn Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Acorn Glass Blown Ornament

These natural-shaped acorn Christmas ornaments are gold and dark bronze, with a gold glisten. They add a lovely touch to any Christmas tree.

 
Old World Christmas Oak Leaf with Acorns Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Oak Leaf with Acorns Glass Blown Ornament

Natural looking oak leaf, with acorns ornament for your christmas tree or display.

 

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Old World Christmas Flower Ornaments

The symbolic meanings given to flowers varies according to the type, the arrangement, and the number and combinations of flowers in an arrangement. Although we have attached symbolic meaning to flowers over the centuries, the language of flowers became particularly popular in the Victorian era. Whether you attach a meaning to any particular flower, or not, these beautiful flower ornaments bring a little bit of summer sunshine into the Christmas scene!

Old World Christmas Sunflower Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Sunflower Glass Blown Ornament

A stunning mouth blown and hand painted Sunflower ornament, 4 inches across, symbolizes the sun and nobility. In Christian lore, it is seen as a sign of God's love.

 
Old World Christmas Magnolia Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Magnolia Glass Blown Ornament

A beautiful Magnolia hand blown glass ornament, lined with a hot solution of liquid silver and hand painted.

 

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

Watering Can

Beautiful flowers do, of course, need to be watered. As it is probably not a good idea to use real water near your Christmas lights, why not try this darling glass decoration.

Old World Christmas Sunny Water Can Ornament
Old World Christmas Sunny Water Can Ornament

A beautiful glass watering can mouth-blown into a detailed mold, lined with a hot solution of liquid silver and delicately hand painted.

 

Old World Christmas Butterflies, Bees and Ladybugs For Your Tree

Merck have produced a good range of bug, bee and butterfly ornaments. All are colourful, and quite life-like. With their bright and colorful wings, butterflies are always appealing. If you prefer, there is the cutest beehive, a lovely ladybug with red wings and white spots, or a dramatic dragonfly!

Old World Christmas Ornament Bright Butterfly Pink 12374
Old World Christmas Ornament Bright Butterfly Pink 12374

Lovely pink and gold butterfly. Also available in blue and gold. Imagine them dancing around your Christmas tree !

 
Old World Christmas Dragonfly Ornament
Old World Christmas Dragonfly Ornament

Colorful dragonfly ornament with bright blue head, green body and white/yellow wings

 

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics

— Bill Vaughn

Old World Christmas Icicle Ornaments

It's Christmas and it's chilly outside (unless you live in the southern hemisphere). These cute icicle ornaments remind us of the wintery weather, but we can stay warm enjoying these!

Silver and Gold Icicle Ornament
Silver and Gold Icicle Ornament

A chic silver and gold icicle. Festive red and green icicles are also available.

 

Old World Christmas Shell Ornaments

When I saw these, I had to include them, even though they were slightly off my original topic of plants and insects. The Spiral Shell Ornament is my favorite amongst the Old World Christmas Shell Ornaments, but I love the others too!

Old World Christmas Shell Ornaments

Old World Christmas Nautilus Shell Glass Blown Ornament
Old World Christmas Nautilus Shell Glass Blown Ornament

Nautiluses could, if inclined, trace their history back 500 million years! They are stunning and beautiful.

 

What is your favorite christmas decoration theme?

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      Oh, yes, I can picture that too! That would be beautiful :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I really love vintage, or vintage-look, glass ornaments. I'm picturing a huge tree covered in those gorgeous glass icicles!

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      Some of them are very beautiful!

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      Paul 3 years ago from Liverpool, England

      I can think of someone who'd like those acorn ideas.

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      RaintreeAnnie 3 years ago from UK

      Love these beautiful natural ornaments, so pretty to decorate both the home and tree. I especially like the acorns.

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      That's such a good point, Ann !

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      annmackiemiller 3 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      I love Poinsettia but can never have one because they are poisonous to cats and my two love to chew plants. So an ornament is the next best thing.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      The shells are lovely as Christmas decorations