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Old World Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments


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In 1979, Tim and Beth Merck founded Old World Christmas with the goal of bringing the centuries-old European tradition of blown glass ornaments to the United States. These figurative glass ornaments are crafted using age-old techniques, passed down through generations and still used today. The intricate designs and attention to detail are a testament to the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. With a catalog featuring over 1,400 unique designs, there is an Old World Christmas ornament for everyone. From the traditional to the whimsical, these ornaments are sure to become treasured keepsakes for years to come. Browse our collection today and discover the perfect ornament to add to your holiday decor.


How are Old World Christmas ornaments made?

Using the same centuries old techniques, molten glass is mouth-blown into finely carved molds made exclusively for Old World Christmas, before a hot solution of liquid silver is poured inside. The ornaments are then hand-painted and glittered in a series of labor-intensive steps to achieve the beautiful creations.

What styles of Old World Christmas ornaments are there?

Old World Christmas currently offers over 1,400 unique designs meaning there is certainly something for everyone. With a catalog featuring traditional Christmas figures, foods, animals, whimsical designs, sports designs, other holidays. Other popular styles include animals like cats, dogs, and horses, as well as holiday-themed ornaments like Easter eggs, Halloween pumpkins, and Thanksgiving turkeys. The variety of styles and designs available from Old World Christmas ensures that there's a perfect ornament to match any personality or occasion.

Where are your favorite Old World Christmas ornaments?

Pardon us while we get a little nostalgic and head back to our childhoods, but our favorite Old World Christmas ornaments are all of the fun toys and games from yesteryear like this Lite Brite Ornament, Simon Game Ornament, and Barrel of Monkeys Ornament.

What materials are Old World Christmas ornaments made of?

Old World Christmas ornaments are made of hand-blown glass, which is then hand-painted and glittered to give them a unique and beautiful appearance.