Christmas baubles have a long history. Like many other Christmas traditions and ornaments, including the Christmas tree itself, baubles originate from Germany. In medieval times, the German town of Lauscha was home to artisan glass-blowers, and in the 1590s the glass-manufacturers Griener & Mueller invented strings of glass beads made to be hung on Christmas trees. Tinsel made from silver also existed at the time, but the glass beads caught on too, partly because they were easier to clean. The glass from Lauscha had an attractive greenish tint, which further enhanced its popularity.
Christmas baubles caught on in England soon after Christmas trees were popularised by Queen Victoria. A descendant of Griener had been making variously-shaped glass Christmas ornaments for a few years, but then came up with the idea of making a clay mould and blowing the glass inside it through a tube, to make a perfectly smooth sphere of glass. Metal compounds were used to make the spheres shine from inside.
Today, many householders and businesses choose plastic baubles, which are safer and less breakable, although glass baubles and beads are still popular too. Like artificial Christmas trees, plastic baubles can be just as beautiful as the original glass, and just as evocative of Christmas past.
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Artificial Christmas trees have enjoyed a growing popularity within many homes. Able to be used for years at a time and presenting none of the hassles associated with their living alternatives, there are a great many styles to choose from at www.xmasdeco.co.uk. In particular, white Christmas trees will offer any home a unique style and flavour that would simply not be possible otherwise. So, what are a handful of the characteristics that make these variants so very attractive?
White is an excellent means to capture the standalone delicacy of any ornaments which are placed within the boughs. Each will stand out in its own right while the shades of white will serve to add a further sense of depth. This is especially entrancing during the evening hours when the ambient lights are turned off.
A “Clean” Appeal
White has always been a symbol of purity and this sense is not lost on such a tree. White Christmas trees are perfect within homes due to the fact that they will serve to break up a room. Along these same lines, their “pure” nature will allow smaller spaces to appear much larger and inviting. This is an attractive quality when inviting friends or family over during the holiday season.
At www.xmasdeco.co.uk, we are quite happy to be able to supply a wide variety of white Christmas trees to our customers. Thus, they will very much make the perfect addition to your home during any seasonable celebrations.
Christmas is a magical time of year when family and friends come together to give gifts and celebrate, and the focal point of every festive get together is the tree. Here’s how you can make your tree the envy of your loved ones with these unique Christmas tree decoration ideas.
You could get personal with photograph baubles. Many shops sell special baubles that you can take apart and insert a photograph into the middle of it. You can purchase one for every member of your family and watch the delight on their faces as they realise what you have hanging on your tree.
You can make ordinary baubles unique by decorating them with glitter glues and stick on jewels. You can even decorate them with your family and friend’s names for that extra personal touch. This could be a great craft idea to keep kids occupied in the run up to Christmas.
Why not make home made hanging tree decorations with clay, ribbon and paint. You can make your own home made clay by mixing two cups of flour, one cup of salt, and one cup of water. You can use cookie cutters, or even your own imagination to create Christmas shaped decorations, place a hole in the top for your ribbon, and place them in the oven to harden. When hardened and cooled; you can paint them, and hang them on your tree.
As you can see, there are many different unique Christmas tree decoration ideas you can try out this year. All you need is a little time and imagination to make your tree stand head and shoulders above the rest.
As I write this it’s the height of summer and I’m sat by an open window, grateful for any breeze. Winter, snow and Christmas are a million miles away and yet time moves ever forward and before we know it it’ll be October, then November and then December and we’ll be doing our annual trip to our favourite Christmas tree seller!
Last year I splashed out on some decorations in November and all totted up it was a pricey affair. The decorations were lovely – Scandinavian-themed, with red and white hearts and the odd reindeer – but because I bought them in season I probably paid well over the odds for them.
This summer we’ll be travelling north to visit family and so I’m going to make a point of dropping into a shop that sells Christmas gear all year round. In the spring and summer you’re buying last year’s stock and so you can buy all sorts of Christmas decorations at knock-down prices. Even though the sun will be blazing outside, you enter into a Yuletide timezone as soon as you walk through the door and it can actually be quite a shock when you leave this festive-themed grotto and walk out into the heat!
I’ll leave the shop yearning for mulled wine and mince pies, but I’ll make do with an iced coffee instead! Happy forward planning for your Christmas!
In 2012 I was so fed up with my real christmas tree that I decided to buy an artifical christmas tree. I really hated the needles that came from the real tree. Three months later I still found needles every now and then. Crazy! So no real deal for me in 2013. Time to whip out the fake stuff. To be honest, I found all artifical christmas trees in regular stores priced a bit steep. I wasn’t planning on dropping 500 pounds on a tiny 4 foot tree. No way!
So my quest began for a cheaper alternative. A friend pointed out that I should check online. I’m not very fond of shopping for christmas decorations online because I like to SEE what I’m buying.
After seeing the Xmasdeco prices I was sold. This is just.. cheap! And they have so much to choose from! After some browsing and comparing I decided to go with the 180 cm Luxury tree. I like tall trees. I picked a non-decorated tree because I still have christmas decorations. However, there are already 300 LED lights woven into the branches of the tree. Awesome, I hate untangling strings of christmas lights.
After ordering I received a confirmation, and within one week I received my tree. Setting up the christmas tree was a breeze due to the foot included in the package. The tree itself looks very convincing. It’s well made and of high quality. Completely decorated it’s hard to distinguish the artifical tree from real. (okay, from a distance that is)
All in all I’m very satisfied with my Xmas deco artifical christmas tree. Thanks a lot! I definitely recommend Xmasdeco.com and their trees.
Christmas decorations can be ridiculously expensive, especially when you buy them in-season right before christmas. Prepare to spend more then a few quid on garlands, baubles and what not. If you are looking for a way to cut corners, make sure to stock up on christmas decorations NOW. That’s right, get your decorations months before the actual season. It might seem weird, but you will save tens, maybe even hundreds of pounds by buying the essential now.
The biggest savings can be made by purchasing artificial christmas trees right after the christmas period (january/feburary, BIG discounts!) It can save you a few hundred quid.
You can even go as far as purchasing a completely decorated tree. Garlands and baubles included. Crazy? Maybe, but so are in-season prices for various christmas items.
I’ve found a pretty neat store which sells some of the most affordable christmas decorations available; Xmasdeco.co.uk. Check out their website and their large assortment of products. You will not be disappointed.