Every year, my collection of Christmas ornaments grows. And, my themed trees run the gamut. This year, there’s a white, gold, and silver tree inspired by legendary Longwood Gardens, an equestrian themed tree, a tree done entirely in crisp red and white, a vintage tree dripping in Shiny-Brite ornaments and sparkling chandelier crystals, and of course, a family tree covered in sentimental ornaments – everything from the children’s school arts and crafts projects, to ornaments from my mother’s and grandmother’s trees, as well as those gathered on vacations, received as gifts, plus every other adorable piece I simply couldn’t pass up.
My newest addition is a food themed tree for (where else?) the kitchen! This 7 ft. “pencil tree” tree boasts stunning three-dimensional mercury glass ornaments representing every food imaginable. Ice cream cones jostle with pieces of sushi. Wedges of pumpkin pie and hard boiled eggs coexist peacefully. And slices of pizza, bottles of soy sauce, fruits and vegetables, ribbon candy, and cupcakes dangle merrily from its branches. I have a real weakness for these whimsical pieces and usually receive several as gifts from family and friends each season.
But this year, I am a little obsessed with gingerbread house ornaments. And, one of my favorite sources for high-quality mercury glass ornaments is the Christopher Radko Company. After a quarter century, the Christopher Radko Company has produced over fifteen million fine European glass ornaments! These include original designs as well as a revitalization of Shiny-Brite, a vintage-inspired line featuring recreations of uniquely American ornaments, lighting, and accessories first made popular in the 1940s and 50s.
This year, my Wish List for Santa includes quite a few of the newest Christopher Radko offerings for 2021. One of my faves is the “Grandeur in Ginger” ornament, pictured above. This whimsical piece is part of the 2021 collection and features a “sweet” three-story gingerbread house. DIMENSIONS: 6.5 in (H) x 4.25 in (L) x 2.5 in. (W). Made in Europe. Retail $73
I also love the “A Delectable Dwelling” Christmas ornament which showcases a charming gingerbread cottage with adorable gumdrop and candy cane details. DIMENSIONS: 5 in (H) x 3.75 in (L) x 4 in (W). Retail $73
Finally, the “Gingerbread Dream Home Gem” ornament is petite and a perfect choice for the slender branches at the top of the tree. This ornament features a tasty gingerbread house covered in colorful candy, fluffy white frosting and a gum drop roof. DIMENSIONS: 2.5 in (H) x 2 in (L) x 2.75 in (W). Made in Europe. Retail $33
To see the entire line, visit the official Christopher Radko Website here.
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