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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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Animals

Blossom Opossum Old World Ornament
Blossom Opossum Ornament
12569
2"
$14.99

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A guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor a pig. The pig part of their name is found in German and Russian translations. Years ago, as people set sail for the New World, they gathered provisions including little sea pigs. Today, guinea pigs are kept as pets.
Chimpanzee Old World Ornament
Chimpanzee Ornament
12591
3.75"
$19.99

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Chimpanzees are a fan favorite for their likeness to human children. They spend their days in groups, acting up, playing, chatting and eating. Chimpanzees are incredibly smart animals who use tools and can even think ahead to solve problems. Their playful childlike nature is surely entertaining.
White Elephant Old World Ornament
White Elephant Ornament
12592
3.25"
$22.99

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Chimpanzees are a fan favorite for their likeness to human children. They spend their days in groups, acting up, playing, chatting and eating. Chimpanzees are incredibly smart animals who use tools and can even think ahead to solve problems. Their playful childlike nature is surely entertaining.
Guinea Pig Old World Ornament
Guinea Pig Ornament
12542
3.5"
$18.99

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A guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor a pig. The pig part of their name is found in German and Russian translations. Years ago, as people set sail for the New World, they gathered provisions including little sea pigs. Today, guinea pigs are kept as pets.
Porcupine Old World Ornament
Porcupine Ornament
12511
3.5"
$14.99

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One of the largest rodents around, the porcupine is sometimes called the "quill pig" due to its needle-sharp natural protection. Porcupines are herbivores, spending lots of time in trees. They eat bark and stems, as well as fruit, leaves and flower buds. These creatures mate for life, and are historically symbols of strength, curiosity and fearlessness.
Badger Old World Ornament
Badger 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.
Red Fox Old World Ornament
Red Fox Ornament
12189
3.25"
$17.99

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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.
Black Bear Old World Ornament
Black Bear
Ornament

12207
3.25"
$19.99

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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"
$19.99

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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.
Sasquatch Old World Ornament
Sasquatch
Ornament

24198
4.75"
$18.99

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In the Pacific Northwest's wilderness roams a hairy, ape-like creature leaving footprints. Depictions often portray Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot as a cross between humans and apes. Whether this animal exists or not, it is worth keeping a watchful eye out when traipsing through the forest.
Fawn Old World Ornament
Fawn
Ornament

12201
2"
$14.99

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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.
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"
$12.99

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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!
Llama Old World Ornament
Llama Ornament
12284
3.5"
$15.99

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Llamas are used as pack animals in many areas of the world. Sociable, curious and gentle, they are easy to handle and friendly to humans. Since llama hair is luxurious, warm, non-greasy and light-weight, it is prized by knitters and weavers.
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.
Hop-Along Old World Ornament
Hop-Along Ornament
12166
1.5"
$11.99

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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"
$14.99

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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"
$9.99

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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 Ornament
12475
2.5"
$22.99

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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.
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.
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"
$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, and as a blanket in cold weather.
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.
Donkey Old World Ornament
Donkey Ornament
12312
3.5"
$16.99

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The donkey signifies patience, courage, meekness and gentleness. According to Christian legends, donkeys originally had unmarked hides, but after Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a kind donkey, they all received the mark of the cross on their back as a reminder of their service.
Panda Old World Ornament
Panda Ornament
12186
3.75"
$18.99

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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"
$17.99

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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.
Little Elephant Old World Ornament
Little Elephant
Ornament

12157
3"
$16.99

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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.
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.
Mouse Old World Ornament
Mouse
Ornament

12196
2"
$8.99

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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"
$14.99

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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!
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.
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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