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A Christmas bauble is an ornament that is hung in the Christmas tree .

In dozens of often hang a Christmas tree baubles. Christmas balls are originally of blown glass, but today they are, because of the onbreekbaarheid, also often made o fplastic . In particular, the fad to Christmas lights and decoration in trees in the garden to post this.

The original Christmas bauble is of glass on the inside by a layer of metal (often silver). Usually it is a bauble therefore mirror. The origin of the Christmas ball seems to be the witch ball , which used to be hung on the lamp in the House or in the garden in the borders lay. Because it was believed that witches had no image , one could easily recognize a witch through the mirror ball if it was in the House. The silver balls in the garden had mainly a decorative purpose.

The origin of the ball as decoration in the Christmas tree has to do with the rise of the glass works in Eastern Europe. One increasingly went glass balls instead of gold-plated nuts, red apples and cake. Before the Christmas bauble in the nineteenth century at rich people in the Christmas tree came, the Christmas tree decorated with paper streamers and cut paper figures. The peak was unknown. The tree was usually awarded a star.

Putting a Christmas tree was a rarity before the nineteenth century in Netherlands. The use is actually German and probably through traders, German pastry shops in Amsterdam for example, in Netherlands known.

In 1973, Hallmark Cards started manufacturing Christmas ornaments. The first collection included 18 ornaments, including six glass ball ornaments. The Hallmark Keepsake Ornament collection is dated and available for just one year. By 1998, 11 million American households collected Hallmark ornaments, and 250,000 people were member of the Keepsake Ornament Collector's Club. There were as many as 400 local Keepsake Ornament Collector's Club chapters in the US. One noted Christmas ornament authority is Clara Johnson Scroggins who has written extensively on the topic and has one of the largest private collections of Christmas ornaments.

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