Christmas Baubles Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with
Christmas Baubles. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning
and origin of Christmas Baubles? This
article provides facts and information about the history of
as a familiar symbol, tradition and Christmas custom.
What is a
Bauble? What is a bauble? A bauble is a
spherical decoration that is used to decorate Christmas trees.
Christmas baubles were originally made of glass and invented in the
small German town of Lauscha, a town which specialised in glass
blowing. The bauble is one of the most popular Christmas ornament
designs, and they have been in mass production since 1847. Baubles
can have various designs on them, from "baby's first Christmas," to
a favorite sports team.
The Origin of
The origin of Christmas Baubles relate to the custom of
decorating indoor Christmas trees. This custom became extremely
popular during the Victorian era when homemade baubles and trinkets
were made to decorate the tree. At first the tree was hung with
small toys, cakes, bags of sweets tied with ribbon containing
bonbons or candies like sugared almonds or other bonbons.
influence - Christmas Baubles
In Germany the tradition and Christmas custom of
decorating the tree extended to commercial decorations like silver
wire ornaments, glass baubles and ornaments. Germany were extremely
fond of decorations and as early as the 17th century real wafer thin
silver tinsel had been machine-made by German manufacturers. These
soon became a popular trend and tinsel, glass baubles and ornaments
were exported to England and the US. The fashion for decorating
Christmas trees with glass baubles and other decorations was brought
to England by Prince Albert, the German prince who married Queen
Victoria. In 1841 Prince Albert set up the first tree at Windsor
Castle - this custom soon became all the rage in fashionable,
wealthy households. In 1850 Charles Dickens described trees as being
covered with small dolls, miniature furniture, tiny musical
instruments, costume jewelry, toy guns and swords, fruit and candy.
The Custom of
Christmas Baubles and decorations spread to everyone
The first American made glass ornaments and baubles were
created by William DeMuth in New York in 1870. Christmas Baubles and
decorations were then adopted by the masses when, by 1880,
Woolworth's sold inexpensive, commercially produced, Christmas
baubles and ornaments. F. W. Woolworth had discovered the Lauscha
baubles during a visit to Germany and made a fortune by importing
the German glass ornaments to America. As time went by the glass
baubles were commonly replaced by plastic baubles.
Custom and Origin - Christmas Baubles
Some origins date back to the pagan
traditions and customs of the ancients. Other symbols, customs and
traditions have specific religious significance to the Christian
religion and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. And finally there are
many new, non-religious customs which have emerged due to increased prosperity and the
commercialism of the festival in the modern world.
Christmas Baubles Christmas is
celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of
2275 million people,
but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural
festival. A Christmas custom or tradition is symbolized by a familiar symbol or icon, such as
Christmas Baubles, have come to represent the spirit
and meaning of this special time of the year.
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