Holiday Ornament Traditions at The History Museum at The Castle

Every year during the holiday season, the History Museum sells a variety of “historic” ornaments. We say historic with quotes (” “) because we do not want to mislead anyone into thinking these ornaments are artifacts. The ornaments are representations of how Dresden die-cut fiberboard ornaments might have looked in the Victorian Era (1831 – 1901). These were popular Christmas ornaments for families living during the 19th century.

Take a look at our die-cut Victorian Era ornaments:


Also, the History Museum sells ornaments from Inge-Glas, a small family business in Germany that has a long history (since 1596) in glassblowing ornament traditions. According to Inge-Glas’s website, Inge-Glas is a family operated business that has been handcrafting glass ornaments with skills that have been passed on for generations. Their trademark, the exclusive 5-Point Star Crown™ suspension ring, caps every one of their heirloom ornaments and is the symbol of the company’s superior quality and the 410 years of dedicated craftsmanship. Using the same mould composition as those ornament moulds created over 100 years ago, Inge-Glas has successfully kept the spirit of the glass cottage industry alive. It is the Müller-Blech family wish to share with you the joy and excitement of authentic, heirloom German Christmas ornaments. Look at the Inge-Glas ornaments that we have in our gift shop:

Finally, the History Museum sells glass pickle ornaments. The pickle ornament is a supposed German Christmas tradition. Legend says that the pickle, a symbol of good luck, was the last ornament placed on the tree. The first child to find the pickle on Christmas morning was rewarded with an extra gift left by St. Nicholas. This tradition encourages children to appreciate all the beautiful ornaments on the tree, rather than rushing to see what Santa has left for them. Stop by the History Museum and get a glass pickle ornament and start your own tradition:

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