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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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Seashore

Hammerhead Shark Old World Ornament
Hammerhead Shark Ornament
12426
5"
$13.99

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Sharks have been living in the oceans for 350 million years. They are incredibly sensitive to sounds, scents and vibrations making them efficient hunters. Sharks help to maintain the balance in fish species - without sharks many fish become scarce because they are eaten by fish that sharks usually feed on.
Beach Ball Old World Ornament
Beach Ball Ornament
44073
3"
$10.99

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The Beach Ball ornament is a reminder of summer childhood days spent at the shore. Memories of hotdogs, ice cream and playing in the sand come to mind. In those days a big inflatable beach ball was all that was needed for hours of fun in the sun.
Stand Up Paddle Board Old World Ornament
Stand Up Paddle Board Ornament
46056
5.75"
$14.99

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Stand up paddle boarding originated in Hawaii as an off-shoot of surfing and is quickly growing in popularity. It offers accessibility to all kinds of surfers, whether on ocean waves, lakes, large rivers or canals and provides a great core workout.
Mermaid Old World Ornament
Mermaid Ornament
10196
5.5"
$15.99

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Legends of mermaids date back to ancient times. Always lovely, a mermaid is human to the waist and has a fishtail below. She has a beautiful voice and loves to sing. Stories tell of mermaids rescuing sailors or falling in love with a human and giving up the sea to be with the one they love.
Sand Castle Old World Ornament
Sand Castle Ornament
20069
3.75"
$15.99

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With water and sand, children playfully create small castles of their dreams. In sand sculpture contests, adults' complex creations can be as large as 18 feet tall. Regardless of size or shape, all Sand Castles have one thing in common, they cannot withstand the power and reality of the rising tide.
Scuba Diver Old World Ornament
Scuba Diver Ornament
24146
4.75"
$14.99

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SCUBA originally stood for "self contained underwater breathing apparatus" and now refers to the form of underwater diving in which a diver uses a scuba set to breathe. Emile Gagnan and Jacques Cousteau invented the modern demand regulator and improved the autonomous diving suit. Scuba diving is a fun sport!
Stingray Old World Ornament
Stingray Ornament
12397
5"
$13.99

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Stingrays are related to sharks and are common in temperate seas around the world. Their unique flat body allows them to conceal themselves in the sand. They swim by undulating their bodies or flapping their sides like wings. Stingrays are usually shy and docile, but will "sting" when stepped on in shallow water.
Green Sea Turtle Old World Ornament
Green Sea Turtle
Ornament

12167
4.75"
$13.99

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Having traveled the seas for over 100 million years, sea turtles have essentially remained unchanged. They survived beyond the extinction of the dinosaurs and are still present in the world's oceans today. All sea turtles are on the endangered or threatened species list.
Manatee Old World Ornament
Manatee
Ornament

12278
4"
$11.99

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Manatees are large, gentle sea mammals that live in warm coastal seas and water ways. Legends of mermaids most likely came from sightings of long-tailed manatees, who cradle their young in their arms. Manatees are very rare and an endangered species.
Orca Whale Old World Ornament
Orca Whale
Ornament

12252
6"
$16.99

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With their distinctive black and white markings, Orcas are one of the most easily recognized marine mammals. Although referred to as whales, they are actually the largest members of the dolphin family. Native cultures have long held Orcas in high esteem, believing them to be divine messengers.
Blue Crab Old World Ornament
Blue Crab Ornament
12184
2.75"
$10.99

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Cancer, the crab, is the fourth sign of the zodiac. People born under this sign are traditional, sensitive, and nurturing. In ancient Greece, the crab was considered to be sacred, and in many eastern countries they are a good omen. In China, the crab is a symbol of wealth and a happy marriage.
Crab Louie Old World Ornament
Crab Louie Ornament
12022
3"
$10.99

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Cancer, the crab, is the fourth sign of the zodiac. People born under this sign are traditional, sensitive, and nurturing. In ancient Greece, the crab was considered to be sacred, and in many eastern countries they are a good omen. In China, the crab is a symbol of wealth and a happy marriage.
Oyster with Pearl Old World Ornament
Oyster with Pearl Ornament
12454
3.25"
$8.99

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Pearls are naturally, but rarely, created in oysters. They symbolize something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Most fine jewelry is created from precious metals and jewels extracted from the Earth, but pearls are a rare entity created inside a living oyster.
Junonia Shell Old World Ornament
Junonia Shell Ornament
12465
3.75"
$9.99

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In many cultures, the shell is a symbol representing birth, life, resurrection, love and good luck. In China, the shell is one of the Eight Good Prophetic Symbols signifying a prosperous journey. The Junonia Shell is found along the east coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nautilus Shell Old World Ornament
Nautilus Shell Ornament
12150
3"
$9.99

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In many cultures, the shell is universally recognized as a positive feminine symbol, which represents birth, life, resurrection, love and good luck. In China, the shell is one of the Eight Good Prophetic Symbols and signifies a prosperous journey.
Spiral Shell Old World Ornament
Spiral Shell Ornament
12289
3"
$8.99

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In many cultures, the shell is universally recognized as a positive feminine symbol which represents birth, life, resurrection, love, and good luck. In China, the shell is one of the Eight Good Prophetic Symbols and it signifies a prosperous journey.
Golden Seashell Old World Ornament
Golden Seashell Ornament
12178
3.5"
$9.99

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In many cultures, the shell is universally recognized as a positive feminine symbol which represents birth, life, resurrection, love, and good luck. In China, the shell is one of the Eight Good Prophetic Symbols and it signifies a prosperous journey.
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!
Jellyfish Old World Ornament
Jellyfish Ornament
12147
4"
$9.99

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Jellyfish, or sea jellies, are graceful, semi-transparent sea creatures known for their brilliant colors. Their bodies are made of 95% water and range in size from 1 inch to 15 feet. Over 200 varieties of jellyfish drift with the water currents and are found in seas all over the world.
Sea Horse Old World Ornament
Sea Horse Ornament
12039
4.25"
$12.99

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In Ancient Greece and Rome, sea horses were believed to pull the chariots of the sea gods. With this association, they symbolized the power of the water. Superstition held that they also protected against fever. Today, sea horses remain good luck symbols for fisherman.
Sailfish Old World Ornament
Sailfish Ornament
12226
5 x 3"
$19.99

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"Gone Fishing" are an angler's favorite words. The beautiful sailfish is the fastest fish in the ocean and a popular sport fish. But fishing isn't just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on. It teaches patience, respect for the environment, and an appreciation of the value of life.
Fisherman's Hat Old World Ornament
Fisherman's Hat Ornament
32250
3.5"
$14.99

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The Fisherman's Hat traces back to the 1900s in Ireland. Fishermen and farmers created the hats for protection from the rain. The hats are still popular because they are easy to clean and reshape and also waterproof. Today's hat allows a fisherman to store ties and lures without worry of being stuck by the hook.
Largemouth Bass Old World Ornament
Largemouth Bass
Ornament

12097
4.5"
$12.99

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"Gone Fishing" are an angler's favorite words. Known for its large size and strength, the largemouth bass is a favorite game fish. However, fishing isn't just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for nature, and gives an insight into the value of life.
Carp Old World Ornament
Carp Ornament
12416
3.25"
$10.99

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The Carp has long been festive fare for the holidays in parts of Europe. Carefully prepared and elaborately garnished with holly, citrus slices and berries, it is a symbolic dish that, like the ancient fish image from the Greeks, represents Christ. The Christmas Carp ornament reminds us of this tradition.
Pike Old World Ornament
Pike Ornament
12309
5"
$13.99

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"Gone Fishing" are an angler's favorite words. The pike is a popular sport fish. However, fishing isn't just the trill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for nature, and gives an insight into the value of life.
Mini Trout Old World Ornament
Mini Trout Ornament
12268
2.75"
$8.99

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"Gone Fishing" are an angler's favorite words. The beautiful rainbow trout is one of the most popular sport fish. However, fishing isn't just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for the environment, and gives an insight into the value of life.
Walleye Old World Ornament
Walleye Ornament
12297
4.5"
$14.99

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"Gone Fishing" are an angler's favorite words. The Walleye is one of the most popular sport fish. However, fishing isn't just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for the environment, and gives an insight into the value of life.
Koi Old World Ornament
Koi Ornament
12259
4.25"
$13.99

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Koi, or Nishikigoi, are the ultimate pond or garden fish. They have been carefully bred for many years and have been called the national fish of Japan. Often referred to as "Living Jewels" or works of art, Koi are traditionally considered lucky and are regarded as symbols of love and friendship.
Flame Angel Fish Old World Ornament
Flame Angel Fish Ornament
12389
3"
$10.99

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Fish are a common thread connecting numerous stories in the bible, and today their symbol focuses on the religious origins of Christmas. Fish signify Christ miracles and, like Christ, provide nourishment and sustained life. Fish represent the messages of the Christmas season - renewal of life, rejuvenation, and love.
Betta Fish Old World Ornament
Betta Fish Ornament
12384
3.5"
$10.99

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Betta fish, originally known as Siamese fighting fish, are one of the most colorful and vibrant freshwater fish. They have been domesticated for over 800 years, and centuries of breeding have produced fish of exceptional beauty and grace with flowing fins, which makes them a favorite in aquariums.
Tropical Fish Old World Ornament
Tropical Fish Ornament
12029
3"
$8.99

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Fish are a common thread connecting numerous stories in the Bible, and today their symbol focuses on the religious origins of Christmas. Fish signify Christ's nourishment and sustain life. Fish represent the messages of the Christmas season - renewal of life, rejuvenation, and love.
Flip-Flop Old World Ornament
Flip-Flop Ornament
32073
3.5"
$9.99

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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 and glitters for you to enjoy!
Holiday Lighthouse Old World Ornament
Holiday Lighthouse
Ornament

20039
5"
$12.99

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Lighthouses are sources of inspiration and comfort. Sturdy structures with an ever-beaming light, lighthouses guide sailors to safety during dark skies and tempests. As beacons of light, they symbolize the Light of Christ, Jesus love and His guidance throughout the year and the holiday season.
Cruise Ship Old World Ornament
Cruise Ship Ornament
46030
5"
$13.99

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A trip on a Cruise Ship offers a vacation where the voyage and the ship's amenities are a large part of the experience. Organized like a floating resort, a Cruise Ship offers fabulous food, entertainment and cultural adventures. This beautiful Cruise Ship ornament brings to mind fond memories of a special trip and makes a perfect 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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