Natural Christmas Themes from Old World Christmas
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.
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
These natural-shaped acorn Christmas ornaments are gold and dark bronze, with a gold glisten. They add a lovely touch to any Christmas tree.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
A chic silver and gold icicle. Festive red and green icicles are also available.
Old World Christmas Shell Ornaments
Old World Christmas Shell Ornaments
Nautiluses could, if inclined, trace their history back 500 million years! They are stunning and beautiful.