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12 Collectible Christmas Ornaments You’ll Treasure for Years to Come

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Everyone’s got their own holiday traditions. Whether your family dresses up in matching pajamas or partakes in family game night, there are thousands of ways you might choose to bond with your loved ones come this time of year. One of our favorites? Trimming the tree with the best Christmas ornaments around! 

Each year, ornament makers release special editions of their designs that get people excited about expanding their collections. These limited-edition adornments not only add an extra bit of festive flair to your holiday décor, they serve as treasured keepsakes that can be passed down from generation to generation, making for a time-honored holiday tradition you can share with the whole family.

Where do Christmas ornaments come from? 

With roots that date back to 16th century Germany, the first ornaments weren’t actually ornaments at all, but rather apples that people hung from evergreens they dubbed “paradise trees.” 

As the legend goes, a poor glassblower named Hans Geiner began to make his own ornaments out of glass when he couldn’t afford to adorn his tree with real fruit. Others quickly took note of his unique designs, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Types of Christmas Ornaments

These days, Christmas ornaments run the gamut from classic glass ball embellishments to hand-blown shapes that bear the likeness of your favorite holiday figures or characters found in pop culture. For those looking to add a personal touch to the tree, there are also customizable ornaments, which feature family photos or engravements.

The Best Christmas Ornaments

The best Christmas ornaments are the ones that will remind you of all the joy you felt in a given holiday season each and every time you hang it. We’ve rounded up a slew of limited-edition picks for 2019 from trusted brands such as Hallmark, Precious Moments, and more that will help you start your own ornament collection or expand upon your existing one. They also make for great stocking stuffers for family members who want to share in their joy. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best collectible Christmas ornaments of 2019. 

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