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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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Birds

Barn Swallow Old World Ornament
Barn Swallow Ornament
18126
7.25"
$10.99

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The barn swallow is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. It is distinctive by its blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. Barn swallows live in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, and bring this spirit to the Christmas tree.
Northern Cardinal Old World Ornament
Northern Cardinal Ornament
16110
4.25"
$11.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas tree. Glassblowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Western Tanager Old World Ornament
Western Tanager Ornament
18122
4"
$10.99

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The male Western Tanager can't be missed with it's flame red head and brilliant yellow body with black wings. These stocky songbirds live in open woods all over the West, particularly among evergreens where they fill the woods with their short and low chuckling call notes.
Lewis's Woodpecker Old World Ornament
Lewis's Woodpecker Ornament
18111
4.5"
$13.99

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Peace Dove Heart Old World Ornament
Peace Dove Heart Ornament
16087
3.5"
$12.99

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Since ancient times, the dove has been considered sacred, as well as a symbol of peace. In the Bible, Noah releases a dove after the flood, which returns with an olive branch in its beak to symbolize God's forgiveness, peace, and land. The dove also represents the Holy Spirit.
Magnificent Peacock Old World Ornament
Magnificent Peacock Ornament
18002
9"
$17.99

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The peacock's grandeur and stateliness are the reasons for its association with royalty. It was believed to guard the Tree of Life, therefore, kings sat upon thrones decorated with peacock motifs. Additionally the elegant peacock represents beauty, prosperity, love, compassion and peace.
Green Jay Old World Ornament
Green Jay
Ornament

18100
9"
$10.99

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This tropical bird is found mostly in southern Texas, Mexico, and South America. Similar in size to the Blue Jay, the Green Jay is a bit shorter and more rounded and has a large vocal repertoire. Since birds are symbols of happiness and joy, they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas tree.
Hummingbird Old World Ornament
Hummingbird
Ornament

16055
4"
$14.99

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Hummingbirds live only in the western hemisphere and are prominent in many Native American legends. These tiny birds often act as intercessors between nature and the spirit world. Since their bright feathers are dazzling in the daylight, they are associated with the sun.
Bald Eagle Old World Ornament
Bald Eagle
Ornament

16011
4"
$16.99

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For centuries it was believed that the eagle could look directly into the sun and that it was reborn by diving into a fountain. Christians adopted this symbolism, comparing the eagle looking into the sun to Christ looking at His Father and the fountain as the renewal of the soul through baptism. Today, an eagle may often be spied on the baptismal fonts in older churches.
Red-tailed Hawk Old World Ornament
Red-tailed Hawk
Ornament

16064
3.75"
$13.99

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The Redtailed Hawk is a bird of prey that ranges throughout North America. Its distinctive tail feathers are considered sacred to Native Americans and are used in costumes and religious ceremonies. As a well-known animal on a totem pole, the hawk represents communication.
Christmas Owl Old World Ornament
Christmas Owl
Ornament

16094
3"
$10.99

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Since ancient times, owls have been popular symbols of wisdom because they look so thoughtful and serious. Since they can see in the dark, they represent seeing through the darkness of ignorance. This owl's bright, colorful plumage celebrates the holiday season.
Spotted Owl Old World Ornament
Spotted Owl
Ornament

16052
3.5"
$14.99

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The spotted owl is an endangered species that lives in old-growth forests of western North America. They have become a powerful symbol for promoting environmental awareness and have been championed by those trying to save ancient forests and the wildlife living within them.
Pygmy Owl Old World Ornament
Pygmy Owl
Ornament

18067
3.25"
$14.99

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Owls are symbols of wisdom because they look so serious and thoughtful. Since they can see in the dark, they represent seeing through the darkness of ignorance. Despite its small size, the Northern Pigmy Owl is quite fierce and will attack prey or drive off intruders several times its own size.
Partridge Old World Ornament
Partridge Ornament
16012
2.75"
$11.99

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In the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", the partridge in a pear tree symbolizes Christ. Years ago, the song served as a secret means of teaching English Catholics the basics of their faith, which was outlawed at the time. This carol has lost much of its old connotations and is now a merry standard of the holiday season.
Vermillion Flycatcher Old World Ornament
Vermillion Flycatcher
Ornament

18074
4"
$11.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas tree. Glassblowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the work shop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Holiday Finch Old World Ornament
Holiday Finch Ornament
18052
4"
$10.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas tree. Glassblowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Scarlet Tanager Old World Ornament
Scarlet Tanager Ornament
18099
6.75"
$9.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas tree. Glass blowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Mountain Blue Jay Old World Ornament
Mountain Blue Jay
Ornament

18048
4.25"
$9.99

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Mountain Blue Jays are noisy, fearless and energetic. They are talented in cleverly surviving with the least amount of effort. The crest on their heads symbolizes higher knowledge, which must be focused to be helpful. Blue Jays serve as harbingers of times when more resourcefulness is necessary.
Feathered Friends Old World Ornament
Feathered Friends Ornament
16060
2.5"
$12.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, and so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas Tree. Glassblowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Miniature Songbird Old World Ornament
Miniature Songbird
Ornament

18042 2.5"
$7.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, and so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas Tree. Glassblowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Miniature Bluebird Old World Ornament
Miniature Bluebird
Ornament

18006
4.5"
$7.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, and so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas Tree. Glassblowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Baltimore Oriole Old World Ornament
Baltimore Oriole
Ornament

18059
7.5"
$9.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, and so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas Tree. Glassblowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Pair of Cardinals Old World Ornament
Pair of Cardinals
Ornament

16045
4.5"
$14.99

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Symbols of happiness and joy, birds are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas Tree. The male cardinal, with his bright red coloring, is popular at Christmastime. The female s feathers are lighter and yellow-tinged. Here a happy pair symbolize togetherness at the holidays.
Mini Cardinal Old World Ornament
Mini Cardinal
Ornament

16080
2.75"
$9.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas Tree. Glassblowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Large Red Cardinal Old World Ornament
Large Red Cardinal
Ornament

18009
6"
$9.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, and so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas tree. Glass blowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Miniature Lovebird Old World Ornament
Miniature Lovebird
Ornament

18005
4.75"
$6.99

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Birds are symbols of happiness and joy, and so they are regarded as a necessity on the Christmas tree. Glass blowers often kept wild birds during the winter months since the sound of the gas flame in the workshop prompted the birds to sing. Then when spring arrived, the birds returned to freedom.
Canada Goose Old World Ornament
Canada Goose
Ornament

16065
3.5"
$13.99

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Native to North America, Canada geese are highly social birds that mate for life. They live together in flocks, except when nesting. The family bond begins at the nest and parent geese are devoted to their young, protecting them from predators. The family remains together for up to a year.
Mallard Old World Ornament
Mallard Ornament
16017
3"
$12.99

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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!
Rooster Old World Ornament
Rooster
Ornament

16006
3.75"
$12.99

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According to legend the rooster has only crowed once at midnight. This was to announce the birth of the Baby Jesus. For this reason, Spanish and Latin American countries call their midnight mass on Christmas Eve the Mass of the Rooster, or Misa de Gallo.
Miniature Rooster Old World Ornament
Miniature Rooster
Ornament

16033
2"
$7.99

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According to legend the rooster has only crowed once at midnight. This was to announce the birth of the Baby Jesus. For this reason, Spanish and Latin American countries call their midnight mass on Christmas Eve the Mass of the Rooster, or Misa de Gallo.
Hen on Nest Old World Ornament
Hen on Nest
Ornament

16062
2.5"
$14.99

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This Hen on Nest ornament is a beautiful symbol of the warmth and safety of home, farm, and family. It 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 with brightly colored lacquers and glitters for you to enjoy!
Bird Nest Old World Ornament
Bird Nest
Ornament

18062
2.75"
$12.99

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Legend has it that prosperity will come to any home that finds a bird s nest nestled among the branches of the family s Christmas tree. As a symbol of good luck, this ornament makes a special gift which brings hopes of good fortune and best wishes.
Partridge in a Pear Old World Ornament
Partridge in a
Pear Ornament

16070
3.5"
$9.99

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In the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas", the partridge in a pear tree symbolizes Christ. Years ago, the song served as a secret means of teaching English Catholics the basics of their faith which was outlawed at the time. This carol has lost many of its old connotations and is now a merry standard of the holiday season.
Head in the Sand Old World Ornament
Head in the Sand Ornament
16097
4.25"
$13.99

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The saying of "hiding one's head in the sand" is associated with the ostrich, who is incorrectly believed hide its head in a hole in the ground when it senses danger. This reminds us to focus on things that as they are and not to hope situations will improve without taking positive action.
Flamingo Old World Ornament
Flamingo Ornament
16023
5"
$14.99

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This beautiful glass ornament was carefully mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold. Then a hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Finally, the ornament was delicately hand-painted with many brightly colored lacquers for you to enjoy!
Penguin Chicks Old World Ornament
Penguin Chicks
Ornament

16102
2.75"
$9.99

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With their distinctive black and white coloring and awkward waddle, penguins look like little comedians wearing tuxedos. Although they live in the Antarctic, they are considered to be Santa s friends since these playful birds favor snow and ice.
Dancing Penguin Old World Ornament
Dancing Penguin Ornament
16095
3.75"
$11.99

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With their distinctive black and white coloring and awkward waddle, penguins look like little comedians wearing tuxedos. Although they live in the Antarctic, they are considered to be Santa's friends since these playful birds favor cold snow and ice.
Our New Home Old World Ornament
Our New Home
Ornament

20052
4.5"
$19.99

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Cottages represent the heritage and culture of the glassblowers. They frequently created images that reflected their day to day lives. Ornaments were proudly styled after the homes in which they lived. This ornament is especially designed to capture the love and charm of a new home, and makes a perfect gift or keepsake.
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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