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A well decorated Christmas tree, complete with
twinkling lights and gleaming Christmas baubles, conjures fond memories of Christmases past. Whether natural or
artificial, the Christmas tree will grace most homes this festive season, and is one of the most beloved and
recognised symbols of Christmas. We are delighted to offer a great Christmas bauble range to grace your
Christmas trees. Our stocklist features an unbelievable range of Christmas decorations to make your tree just
Christmas tree baubles come in such a wide variety
to suit all tastes and budgets. Some of the vintage and antique Christmas baubles are simply sublime, or,
if you're looking for a more modern look, black xmas baubles are very much en vogue - they look fantastic on a
white tree for a chic, contemporary look.
The Origins of
It's a little known fact that
the tradition of decorating trees in December actually pre-dates Christmas. The fir symbolised Spring to the
Vikings, and after the cruel winter brought hope for easier times. The fir was also worshipped by Druids as a
manifestation of the gods. Because the fir kept it's colour when the other plants and trees had dropped their
leaves, to the Druids, it represented eternal life. The first to decorate their trees were the Pagans, who
brought their trees indoors as an invitation to the fairies to enter their homes and partake in the
Christmas trees originated in
Germany. German settlers brought them over to the US and the craze began from there. Baubles were made from very
fine glass and often hand painted with wonderful design. They were obviously very delicate and for that reason,
an antique bauble makes a rare and wonderful find today. had The first Christmas tree in England is believed was
brought by Prince Albert for his wife in the 1840s. A photograph of the Queen Victoria and the Royal Family
standing in front of the splendid Christmas tree, decorated with candles gingerbread, was printed in London
Illustrated News. Despite being printed in just black and white, the photo impressed, and the Christmas tree
took the country by storm. The tree and Christmas decorations were not in those times put up until Christmas
Eve, and taken down on 6th January (known as Twelfth Night). These days many Christmas trees go up as early as
the second or third week of December.
Decorating Your Christmas
Whether it's the trusty, old set from Woolies or
one of the new LCD versions, you'll want to test your Christmas lights before putting them on the tree. There is
nothing worse than discovering they aren't working when you've just added the finishing touches, and having to
start all over again. Begin at the bottom and be sure to leave enough slack lead to reach the plug socket. When
purchasing Christmas lights, remember the longer they are the better the display. A 3 metre set of lights
disappears suprisingly quickly and, on a big tree, will leave you with a sorry looking tree. The longer the
string of lights you purchase, the more impressive your tree will look. Naturally, a pre-lit tree is the ideal
solution, taking all the hard work out of dressing your Christmas tree. If your fairy lights do come separately,
wrap them around the tree starting from the bottom and working your way up to the top. Keep in mind that the
Christmas tree narrows as you get higher up so you will need to use more lights towards the base, at the same
time making sure you have enough slack left to get the last light to the top of the tree and illuminate your
star or angel.
If you want to use beads or tinsel, now is the
time to hang it. Just as you did the lights, work your way around the Christmas tree starting from bottom to
top. Tinsel is handy for hiding the wires from the lights if you don't have a pre-lit tree.
When hanging your baubles, it's better to
distribute those of the same design evenly distributed across the Christmas tree. Smaller baubles are placed at
the top, large at the bottom, with medium worked through in between.
The best dressed trees share one thing in common:
colour co-ordination. Whether it's purple and gold, white and blue, or traditional primary colours, colour
co-ordination is vital.
Whether you prefer angels or stars it doesn't
matter. Either is the icing on the cake. And that's it. All done!
The Origins of Baubles
It is generally accepted that the Christmas tree
as we know it today originated from Germany. The earliest example of Christmas tree decorations dates back
several centuries, when the fashion began for German Christmas trees to be decorated with simple white candles.
Though extremely attractive, this mode of decoration and obviously had inherent fire safety risks.
Over the years baubles have evolved in a huge
range of styles and materials. The bauble holds an irreplaceable place in Christmas tree decoration, from the
handmade star crafted by the children to expensive collector baubles, though the Christmas tree can do without
lights, tinsel and beads, to have a Christmas tree without baubles is simply inconceivable.
The Latvians upstaged the Germans' craze for white
candles, instead decorating their Christmas trees with beautiful blooming roses. The French developed this
trend, fashioning wonderful silk and paper flowers and decorating their trees with candy, nuts and candles (very
beautiful, but again, something of a fire risk!). The fashion for Christmas tree decorations exploded in the
1600s where families tried to outdo each other by creating all kinds of ornaments to bedeck their trees. The
public began to use ornately painted egg shells to decorate their Christmas tree, and it could be said that the
bauble as we know it arose from here, this somewhat rudimentary but beautifully delicate forerunner.
In England, the fashion took a new turn as
households began draping beautiful glass beads around their trees, and finishing them with wonderful,
intricately handsewn snowflakes. Since then, Christmas tree decoration has seen the use of nuts, cookies, candy
canes, and even edible fruit. Gingerbread was popular in Germany where it was fashioned into various shapes such
as angels, bells and stars. The Americans often used strings of berries such as the cranberry. Ribbons of metal
foil are a popular Christmas tree decoration up to this day as is, of course, tinsel. Small gifts would be hung
from the boughs of the tree, sometimes in little hand fashioned baskets.
It was not until the late 19th century that the
bauble as we see it today came on to the market. This christmas tree decoration originates in Germany and was
handcrafted from lead or glass. The original baubles were not the mass produced, inexpensive items we often
imagine today but were produced with a great deal of care by highly skilled craftsmen and highly prized by their
owners. A few examples occasionally creep onto the market today from this era and can fetch amazing
Mass production of baubles spread across the world
with the advent of industry and the factory line. More affordable versions saturated the market - the chance for
everyone to add a touch of sparkle to their tree, not just the privileged few. Sadly, the huge handmade bauble
industry in the German cities of Dresden and Lauscha began to fade as cheaper versions came on to the market.
What had been a community of Artisans and craftsmen began to fall into decline.
In the early 20th century, Japan join the market
manufacturing mass produced pieces on a phenomenal scale. The Czech Republic also began to produce baubles,
these being higher end pieces and, Czech glass being prized the world over, these pieces make a great find
today. World Wars I and II obviously saw Christmas bauble production dwindle as materials were poured into the
war effort. Post-World War II, the Americans took up the gauntlet of mass production, and never looked
baubles are today made from a huge variety of
materials and come in an amazing array of shapes, sizes and colours. From budget shatterproof baubles, to
collector's baubles; mirror ball baubles to antique, there is a spectacular variety of baubles on the market to
compliment all decors and dress up your tree to perfecton. Scroll down to view our showcase of items available on eBay today and
take advantage of some fantastic savings.
We have a great range of Christmas tree
baubles to offer, along with some jaw dropping discounts! Our listings are fully searchable - just scroll to
the top of the page to use our search facility, or click on the links to the left to browse our categories.
Scroll down to take a look at our Christmas baubles showcase available on eBay today. If you can't find
exactly the bauble you're looking for on this page, you're sure to on the next. Our listings are
continuously updated so be sure to bookmark us. If we don't have the perfect xmas baubles for you in stock
today, we're sure to have them tomorrow!