Nothing says Christmas like some shiny, pretty ornaments hanging inside and outside your home or sitting pretty on your center tables and shelves. True, the season is beautiful without any help from us, what with all the white snow, enchantingly clear star-lit sky and twinkling icicles, but we decorate anyway because it increases the Christmas cheer, and with the right kind of ornaments, all the golds, whites, greens, reds and sparkles would pull even the most devoted disciple of Ebenezer Scrooge into the general feeling of goodwill that accompanies the season.
Decorating for Christmas usually starts with your tree and then spreads out to other areas of the house; choose a theme, set the mood with your favorite carols and get to decorating. However, all the trees and all the themes in the world would not be complete without the right Christmas ornaments, and they are basically of two types: individual ornaments and tree toppers. Individual ornaments are those pieces that we hang on our trees or other parts of the house, one after another. Other decorations include interesting centerpieces and mantelpieces, and those we place on shelves and other similar places.
The tree toppers
are those large ornaments that are placed at the top of the Christmas tree. The first toppers were burning candles, but they were replaced by electrically powered toppers due to fire hazards. They come in different shapes, but the popular choices are usually angels, stars, snowflakes, snowmen and good ol’ Santa.
Christmas ornaments are usually sold in sets; this is more economical, as you get a number of coordinating ornaments, thus eliminating the need to hunt for matching items and buy them singly. They come in different shapes and sizes and you can incorporate some Christmas bling with metallic colors and ornaments.
Christmas decorating is fun, especially when the whole family is involved, and after a rewarding day of decorating, the whole family can sit down to enjoy dinner with a set of lovely Christmas-themed dinnerware
We advise that you shop off-season to get great deals on these pretty little things. Decorating with Christmas ornaments is a nice way to create memories that you’ll smile on, and who knows, you just might find a gift from Santa in your Christmas stocking
for a job well done.
The price of Christmas ornaments will depend to a large extent on the materials that they’re made of and the quantity. If you intend to buy plastic, fiberboard or Styrofoam ornaments, you’ll be spending less and, seeing as they usually come in sets, you get good value for money. What’s more, in a family with young kids and inquisitive pets, they’re going to last longer. If, on the other hand, you’d rather have those beautifully fragile china and glass ornaments, you’re going to have to pay more. They’re also sold in sets, but a 12-piece plastic ornament set would probably cost less than a 12-piece china set; since those delicate beauties are usually collectors’ items, you’d be investing in more than just an ornament. Christmas ornaments are available in a range of prices from $10 to $200, and although you’ll find cheap Christmas ornament sets, we don’t trust them to be durable or not contain some banned ingredient.
When you’re shopping for Christmas decorations, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to get just the right kind. They include:
Construction and Design
The materials Christmas ornaments are made of are as diverse as they can get. You’ll find these pretties in shatterproof materials, glass, crystal, metal, wood, acrylic, ceramic, china, paper etc. Let’s dwell on this for a bit, shall we? Okay.
Shatterproof ornaments are a popular choice for Christmas decorations and the reason for this is quite simple – they’re shatterproof. You don’t have to be extra cautious with these, and everyone – including young kids and pets – can join in when decorating your beloved tree with them. The options used to be limited to the traditional ball-shaped pieces but today, they’re available as flat circles, Christmas trees and other interesting shapes.
Glass ornaments are beautiful and timeless pieces. They add a touch of fragile beauty to the Christmas spirit. Their fragility and the technicality of their production process bequeath them a higher value than a number of the ornament types. You’ll have to be careful with these ones though, as they usually aren’t impact-friendly, but if they’re carefully handled, they can be kept and used year after year and still look pretty.
Crystal ornaments are a beauty in themselves. Their reflective properties make them twinkle, creating entrancing effects that complement the white snow and make your home seem like a winter wonderland. They’re a step above the glass ornaments and heavier too, but take care not to drop them. They’re available in different festive shapes, such as snowflakes and stars.
Metal ornaments can be made of gold, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, silver or pewter. They’re cut in various designs and you’ll find an interesting assortment of angels, stars, snowflakes, hearts and more. The first tinsel decorations were actually made of metal, and they didn’t come cheap.
Another popular material used in the manufacture of Christmas ornaments is acrylic. They have the appearance of glass but aren’t as expensive. Ornaments made of this material come in a lot of shapes and sizes and they’re also durable.
Wooden ornaments are great options for those of us who want to celebrate the season and still be responsible to Mother Earth. They can be laser-cut to your specific tastes, or you can choose from the beautiful assortment in the market. You can use them to create a traditional feel or something more contemporary.
Performance and Ease of Use
The best way to get about the business of choosing ornaments for the season is by deciding on a theme. Yeah, we know that Christmas in itself is a theme, so think about it as a theme within a much bigger theme. A theme will help you pick pieces that’ll unify your decoration, creating an aesthetically pleasant cohesiveness. Creating your own theme with ornaments that you’ve personally shopped for or received as gifts will make the whole idea of Christmas decorating more fun and less tasking; it’ll even give you a chance to display your creative genius.
So how do you go about picking a theme? You can start by deciding whether you’d like a traditional or contemporary Christmas. If you choose the former, you can look for decorations such as stocky Santa figurines, wooden ornaments, large Christmas trees (take the size of your fireplace into consideration for this one), traditional Christmas colors etc. If you have a fireplace, so much the better, as you can use it as a focal point for your decorating.
For a contemporary Christmas, try using colors that are related to the traditional Christmas colors. You can combine traditional red with some pink; try some other shades of green, white and blue; introduce some other metallic colors and use them to complement the more traditional gold and silver.
After you’ve decided on a theme, the next thing would be to consider the number of Christmas ornaments that’ll adequately get the job done. Scale is also important here, as choosing pieces that are too large will overwhelm your space, and too-small pieces won’t do either. The thing here is to work toward a balance between the number of the ornaments, their size and the size of your space. Having said that, how big is your tree? Christmas ornaments are usually sold in sets, and you can find sets with enough pieces to decorate your tree or buy two or more of a set for larger trees.
Get the rest of your space into the festive mood by hanging some ornaments from those sets in other parts of the room. This will not only add some Christmas beauty to the place but will create a subtle uniformity that’s charming.
Ensure that fragile pieces have a warranty that’ll protect you, especially in the case of ornaments with moving parts. This way, you won’t lose money and can even get replacement parts sent to you. Talking about parts, if you have a growing family with little kids, keep them away from those ornaments with pieces that they can pose a choking hazard.
When it comes to deciding which Christmas ornament is the best, you’ve got to consider your personal taste and style, your family, the size of your space and, of course, your pocket. Hopefully, you’ve learnt how to factor all these in from our guide, now it’s time for a close-up with the ornaments.
We hope you’ve chosen your Christmas ornaments; we won’t delay you any further, place your order and have fun decking your halls!