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Many interesting stories and legends about Christmas can be found in our selection of classic glass Old World Christmas ornaments. Explore the Christmas Chalet's world of traditions, cultures, religions, and myths. Some are good luck ornaments and charms, or reflect age-old Christmas traditions from around the world. Some are vegetables and animals, some are political party Christmas ornaments. Seek and you just might find that perfect ornament or gift.
Most of our delightful Christmas ornaments feature an attached story card. These cards provide nostalgic imagery combined with unique ornament legends.

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Badger Old World Ornament
Badger Old World Ornament
12442
4"
$14.99

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Badgers are known to be the world's fastest diggers. They move dirt faster than any other mammal, including a person with a shovel! Badgers dig in pursuit of prey and then expand tunnels into sleeping burrows. They are solitary, have a keen sense of smell, and are more active at night than in the day.
Kangaroo Old World Ornament
Kangaroo Old World Ornament
12422
4"
$12.99

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Kangaroos are native to Australia and well-known for their powerful hind legs that are used for leaping. This special "Roo" has its baby tucked away where it can enjoy the view and remain close at hand.
Sheep with Lamb Old World Ornament
Sheep with Lamb Ornament
12414
2.5 x 3"
$10.99

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"...And the lion shall lay down with the lamb," says the Bible when peace reigns throughout the world. The lamb symbolizes innocence, gentleness, and purity. This glass Sheep with Lamb ornament signifies the heartfelt wish at Christmas for peace on earth and goodwill towards men.
Lester the Pig Old World Ornament
Lester the Pig Ornament
12012
3.75"
$11.99

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Pigs are considered to bring good luck and prosperity. In Germany, the word "dickbauch" means fat stomach, and it is spoken often in December. Tradition says you must eat well on Christmas Eve to avoid being haunted that night and to ensure prosperity in the New Year.
Little Lamb Old World Ornament
Little Lamb Ornament
12035
2.5"
$10.99

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"...And the lion shall lay down with the lamb," says the Bible when peace reigns throughout the world. The lamb symbolizes innocence, gentleness, and purity. This glass lamb ornament signifies the heartfelt wish at Christmas for peace on Earth and goodwill towards men.
Zebra Old World Ornament
Zebra Ornament
12051
3"
$15.99

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Just as no two people have the same fingerprints, no two zebras have the same pattern of stripes. Their distinctive stripes provide camouflage in the tall grass and confuse predators by making it difficult to pick out an individual from the herd.
T-Rex Old World Ornament
T-Rex
Ornament

12368
4"
$13.99

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Tyrannosaurus rex, or T. rex, comes from Greek and Latin words meaning "tyrant lizard king." It was a large, fierce, and carnivorous, dinosaur that lived in North America 85 to 65 million years ago. T. rex could eat up to 500 pounds of meat and bones in one bite!
Brontosaurus Old World Ornament
Brontosaurus Old World Ornament
12471
3.5"
$15.99

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The Brontosaurus is one of the most iconic dinosaurs. The term Brontosaurus means thunder lizard. The Brontosaurus was a large, long-necked animal with a long tail. It is believed the animals measured up to 72 feet long from head to tail!
Koala Bear Old World Ornament
Koala Bear
Ornament

12356
3.5"
$13.99

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Living in the trees of Australia is one of the world's most lovable animals, the koala bear. With a round face, big nose, and fluffy ears, the koala has often been used as a model for teddy bears. But these "bears" actually aren't bears at all, they are marsupials. Once hunted for their thick fur, koalas are now a protected species.
Jumping Frog Old World Ornament
Jumping Frog
Ornament

12340
4.75"
$8.99

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Frogs have long denoted good luck in business. Since a frog only travels forward, he is always progressing, and as such he represents a prosperous future. So a frog ornament is often given as a gift at graduations, weddings, or to someone beginning a new business venture.
Hop-Along Old World Ornament
Hop-Along Ornament
12166
1.5"
$8.99

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Frogs have long denoted good luck in business. Since a frog only travels forward, he is always progressing, and as such he represents a prosperous future. So a frog ornament is often given as a gift at graduations, weddings, or to someone beginning a new business venture.
Frog Prince Old World Ornament
Frog Prince Ornament
12437
4.25"
$17.99

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The fairy tale The Frog King by the Grimm Brothers tells how the kiss of a princess turns an enchanted frog into a prince! Love conquers all, making one a prince or princess in the eyes of their beloved. Actually, frogs are symbols of sincere friends who love and understand you.
Desert Tortoise Old World Ornament
Desert Tortoise Ornament
12198
2 x 3"
$12.99

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In the story "The Tortoise and the Hare", turtles show us that slow and steady wins the race. Since turtles carry their homes on their backs, they are at home anywhere! When threatened, turtles can withdraw into their shells to protect themselves. Turtle ornaments remind us of the security that our hearth and home offer.
Small Turtle Old World Ornament
Small Turtle Ornament
12091
2"
$7.99

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In the story "The Tortoise and the Hare", turtles show us that slow and steady wins the race. Since turtles carry their homes on their backs, they are at home anywhere! When threatened, turtles can withdraw into their shells to protect themselves. Turtle ornaments remind us of the security that our hearth and home offer.
Monarch Butterfly Old World Ornament
Monarch Butterfly Old World Ornament
12475
4.25"
$18.99

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The Monarch Butterfly is the best-known butterfly in North America. These gentle and spectacular creatures are known for their long annual migration spanning from Canada to Mexico. Monarchs begin traveling south in August and return north in the spring, bringing joy, wonder and amazement to people throughout their travels.
Butterfly Old World Ornament
Butterfly Ornament
12060
3.75"
$13.99

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The butterfly represents immortality. Since it evolves from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis, and then emerges as a butterfly from its cocoon, it symbolizes the soul and the cycle of rebirth. A pair of butterflies signifies marital happiness.
Bright Butterfly Old World Ornament
Bright Butterfly Ornament
12374
4.75"
$15.99

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The butterfly represents immortality. Since it evolves from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis, and then emerges as a butterfly from its cocoon, it symbolizes the soul and the cycle of rebirth. A pair of butterflies signifies marital happiness.
Bee Cutie Old World Ornament
Bee Cutie Ornament
12087
3.25"
$7.50

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Bees are very industrious, and it takes all the bees in the hive working together to produce the honey and insure the hive's survival. This bee ornament reminds us that diligence and teamwork are often necessary to achieve life's great rewards.
Lucky Ladybug Old World Ornament
Lucky Ladybug Ornament
12032
1.75"
$5.99

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Ladybugs received their name centuries ago in Europe. When farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help against aphids ruining their crops, their prayers were answered by the arrival of thousands of beetles. The bugs were named to honor Mary, "Our Lady," and so they were called Ladybugs.
Lucky Cricket Old World Ornament
Lucky Cricket
Ornament

12283
1.25 x 2"
$10.99

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In many countries, the cricket is an auspicious symbol of good luck. If found inside a house, it signifies peace and plenty for those who live there and must not be killed. In folklore, to hear a cricket chirping means impending rain or good fortune and upcoming financial gain.
Magis' Camel Old World Ornament
Magis' Camel Ornament
12214
2.75"
$16.99

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Legend says that the Wise Men traveled in a caravan with many camels to Bethlehem. The smallest camel was exhausted, but determined to see the Christ Child. In return for its devotion, it was blessed with eternal life. In Syria, the smallest camel visits children to bring them gifts at Epiphany on January 6.
Reindeer Old World Ornament
Reindeer Ornament
12111
5.5"
$9.95

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In the 1822 poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," Santa Claus traveled in a sleigh pulled by eight magical flying reindeer. This was inspired by the legend of the Norwegian Julbok, or Christmas goat that pulled the thunder god Thor's chariot. Magical reindeer make Santa's trip possible.
Hungry Squirrel Old World Ornament
Hungry Squirrel Ornament
12277
3.5"
$14.99

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Known for its playfulness and bushy tail, the squirrel is found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Its tail can be used for balance, as a form of parachute when falling from a high tree, or as a blanket in cold weather.
Squirrel Old World Ornament
Squirrel Ornament
12080
3"
$12.99

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Known for its playfulness and bushy tail, the squirrel is found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Its tail can be used for balance, as a form of parachute when falling from a high tree, and as a blanket in cold weather.
Chipmunk Old World Ornament
Chipmunk Ornament
12145
2.75"
$9.99

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The quick and agile chipmunk is a small, brownish, ground-dwelling squirrel typically 5-6 inches long. According to Native American folklore, it got its stripes when escaping from a bear whose long sharp claws left long pale scars on the little chipmunk's back.
Bucking Bronc Old World Ornament
Bucking Bronc Ornament
12388
3.75"
$14.99

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Watching cowboys ride Bucking Broncs, either with saddles or bareback, is truly exciting and makes for thrilling rodeo events. Based on the skills cowboys need to train wild horses, today's competitions feature horses that are specifically bred for their strength, agility, and bucking ability.
Horse Head Old World Ornament
Horse Head
Ornament

12104
3.75"
$10.99

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The horse is a noble animal that represents loyalty, courage, grace, and speed. On the evening of December 5th and on the day of December 6th, St. Nicholas himself rides upon a beautiful white steed traveling throughout parts of northern Europe.
Mustang Old World Ornament
Mustang Ornament
12257
4.5"
$19.99

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In 1971, the U.S. Congress recognized Mustangs as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West". Because they are thought of as possessing hardiness, grace, speed and independence, the name Mustang is popular for sports mascots and high performance products.
Holiday Clydesdale Old World Ornament
Holiday Clydesdale Ornament
12255
3.75"
$19.99

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The Clydesdale is a magnificent and hardworking draft horse known for its strength and versatility. Derived from strong farm horses of the Clydesdale region of Scotland, they have been used for pulling heavy loads for over 300 years. Intelligent and agreeable, the Clydesdale makes a wonderful work partner.
Billy Goat Old World Ornament
Billy Goat
Ornament

12337
2.75"
$15.99

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The goat is one of the earliest domesticated animals, but is also a symbol of independence or strength. In the Zodiac, Capricorn, the goat, represents caution, stability, and order. Santa's magic reindeer are thought to come from the Juelbok or Yule-goat that pulled the chariot of the thunder god Thor.
Dairy Cow Old World Ornament
Dairy Cow
Ornament

12229
2.5"
$15.99

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As the provider of milk, the cow is a universal symbol of motherhood, nourishment, and abundance. This glass ornament was mouth-blown and hand-painted with many brightly colored lacquers and glitters for you to enjoy!
Country Pig Old World Ornament
Country Pig
Ornament

12213
3.25 x 2"
$12.99

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Pigs are considered to bring good luck and prosperity. In Germany, the word "dickbauch" means fat stomach, and it is often heard in December. According to tradition, you should eat well on Christmas Eve to avoid being haunted that night and to insure luck and prosperity in the New Year.
Panda Old World Ornament
Panda Ornament
12186
3.75"
$15.99

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Many years ago, Chinese emperors kept rare animals within their palace gardens, and the most treasures were the pandas. The Chinese poet Bai Joyo wrote that the panda had magical powers, which could ward off evil spirits and natural disasters, and prevent disease. Today, pandas are still well-loved and extremely rare.
Hippopotamus Old World Ornament
Hippopotamus
Ornament

12158
3"
$15.99

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The hippopotamus is the third largest land animal and is native to Africa. It's name comes from the Greek words "hippos" meaning horse and "patomas" meaning river since it's cries sound similar to a horse's neighing and it spends much of its time in the water.
Leopard Old World Ornament
Leopard Ornament
12148
4.25"
$14.99

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The nocturnal leopard is the most elusive if the large cats. It is very powerful and able to run in bursts of speed up to 36 miles per hour. Unlike most cats, it likes to swim. The shrewd Leopard can survive in diverse environments and is found in the desert as well as the jungle.
Baby Giraffe Old World Ornament
Baby Giraffe Ornament
12107
4.75"
$10.99

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This traditional and beautiful glass ornament was carefully mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold. Then a hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Finally, it was delicately hand-painted and glittered for you to enjoy and cherish as a holiday heirloom!
Little Elephant Old World Ornament
Little Elephant
Ornament

12157
3"
$12.99

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Elephant are highly intelligent and sensitive creatures, hence the popular phrase, "An elephant never forgets." Elephants have strong emotional ties to their group and family members, so when a baby elephant cries, the others come to sooth and comfort it.
Large Elephant Old World Ornament
Large Elephant
Ornament

12159
3.75"
$19.99

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Elephants have long been symbols of strength, fidelity, wisdom, protection, and prosperity. In many cultures they are considered sacred animals. When shown with their trunks up, elephants are believed to bring good luck, and even be able to grant wishes.
Frog on Lily Pad Old World Ornament
Frog on Lily
Pad Ornament

12058
3"
$10.99

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Frogs have long denoted good luck in business. Since a frog only travels forward, he is always progressing and as such he represents a prosperous future. So a frog ornament is often given as a gift at graduations, weddings, or to someone beginning a new business venture.
Bedtime Bear Old World Ornament
Bedtime Bear
Ornament

12106
4.25"
$7.95

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One of the most dearly loved animals is the teddy bear, who has provided years of comfort and steadfast companionship to many a young owner. From the Cinnamon Bear to Winnie-the-Pooh, friendly bears live in literature, and in the hearts of all children.
Jack in the Box Bear Old World Ornament
Jack in the
Box Bear Ornament

4.75"
$8.95

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One of the most dearly loved animals is the teddy bear, who has provided years of comfort and steadfast companionship to many a young owner. From the Cinnamon Bear to Winnie-the-Pooh, friendly bears live in literature, and in the hearts of even the oldest child.
Hiking Bear Old World Ornament
Hiking Bear
Ornament

12066
3.5"
$9.50

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One of the most dearly loved animals is the teddy bear, who has provided years of comfort and steadfast companionship to many a young owner. From the Cinnamon Bear to Winnie-the-Pooh, friendly bears live in literature, and in the hearts of even the oldest child.
Sailor Bear Old World Ornament
Sailor Bear
Ornament

12038
3.75"
$9.50

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One of the most dearly loved animals is the teddy bear, who has provided years of comfort and steadfast companionship to many a young owner. From the Cinnamon Bear to Winnie-the-Pooh, teddy bears live in literature and in the hearts of even the oldest children.
Mouse Old World Ornament
Mouse
Ornament

12196
2"
$7.99

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"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!" declares the famous poem, "The Night Before Christmas." However, this tiny mouse has managed to find his way to the kitchen and help himself to a sweet treat. After all, Christmas is for everyone!
Cottontail Bunny Old World Ornament
Cottontail Bunny Ornament
12192
2.25"
$9.99

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Rabbits are very shy and frail animals. Having no natural means of protecting itself, the rabbit is therefore dependent on the kindness of man and other animals for its survival. At Christmastime the rabbit represents the renewal of this faith in others to provide guidance, protection, and kindness.
Christmas Cookie Mouse Old World Ornament
Christmas Cookie
Mouse Ornament

12069
3.75"
$8.95

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"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!" declares Clement Moore's famous poem, "The Night Before Christmas." However, this little mouse has managed to find his way to the pantry and help himself to a sweet treat. After all, Christmas is for everyone!
Red Fox Old World Ornament
Red Fox Ornament
12189
3.25"
$14.99

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In many Native American cultures the fox is thought to be wise, due to its cunning nature. It is also considered a trickster for the same reason. Foxes are adaptable and opportunistic, but are also family-oriented, often forming life-long attachments when raising their young.
Howling Wolf Old World Ornament
Howling Wolf
Ornament

12163
3.5"
$10.99

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Wolves are featured in the myths and legends of many countries. In European fairy tales, wolves are often portrayed as cunning and evil. But in other cultures, including many Native American tribes, wolves are viewed as wise, resourceful, and intelligent creatures. Like the Native People, wolves choose their mates wisely and do not part until death, making the two spiritually entwined.
Black Bear Old World Ornament
Black Bear
Ornament

12207
3.25"
$15.99

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Bears are symbols of strength and bravery, and are often found on European heraldry. Because bears hibernate, they signify resurrection and the power of life over death. Bears can also represent bad temper, but most of the time they are gentle and good-natured, and often quite playful.
Bear with Cubs Old World Ornament
Bear with
Cubs Ornament

12199
4"
$16.99

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Bears are symbols of strength and bravery, and none are more fierce than a mother protecting her cubs. Most of the time, however, bears are gentle and good-natured, and can actually be quite playful. Because bears hibernate, they signify resurrection and the power of life over death.
Munching Moose Old World Ornament
Munching Moose
Ornament

12135
3.5"
$11.99

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Although moose eat trees and shrubs, they enjoy feeding on aquatic vegetation in swamps and lakes, where their long legs allow them to navigate easily and swim well. Moose may grow to be 7 feet tall and 1500 pounds. They lose their antlers in the spring and are more active at dawn and dusk.
Eager Beaver Old World Ornament
Eager Beaver
Ornament

12194
3.5"
$12.99

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Beavers have thick fur, webbed feet, and flat tails making them good swimmers and well adapted to their semi-aquatic lives. They are peaceful, sociable, and incredibly industrious. Celebrate that exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic person you know with this eager beaver ornament.
Raccoon Old World Ornament
Raccoon Ornament
12146
2.75"
$11.99

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Raccoons are recognizable by their masked faces and bushy tails. Intelligent and mild mannered, they are good climbers and swimmers, and will fight bravely if cornered. With their nimble hands, raccoons can easily open doors and containers, which gets them into mischief!
Fawn Old World Ornament
Fawn Ornament
12201
2 x 2.75"
$10.99

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When the first fawn was born, its mother asked the Creator to find a way to protect her gentle and fragile offspring. So, God came to the forest and painted spots on a special coat for the baby to wear. From that day forward, as long as it remains still, the fawn's spotted coat hides it from enemies.
Whitetail Deer Old World Ornament
Whitetail Deer
Ornament

12162
4.25"
$18.99

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The deer has an excellent sense of hearing. When unsure of a sound, it stays still, or "freezes", to blend in with its surroundings. While gentle, the deer is determined to follow its own path. The stag, or male deer, symbolizes life, wisdom, and virility.
Old World Ornament
Ornament Hangers
1441
$2.75

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The fast and easy way to hang your ornaments! 100 green wire ornament hangers.

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