When the word collector springs to mind, many people immediately imagine someone who seeks great works of art to hang on his or her walls – something painted by the masters of the art world. Or perhaps you think of someone who haunts antique stores hoping for just the right find.
Not many people think of Christmas ornaments as something to be collected. Yet, ornaments are one of the most collected items in the world.
Ornaments are not viewed by collectors as simply another decoration to hang on the tree or display in a case. These items are wrapped in family history and tradition. They take people back to the ‘remember when’ side of life.
More often than not, they become cherished keepsakes because of sentimental ties to the item. Many people who collect Christmas ornaments often associate the ornament with an event or a person.
For example, some older people treasure the Christmas ornaments brought back to the States from loved ones stationed in other countries. They began their collection as a result of their loved ones’ military service and now those ornaments are viewed as a scrapbook of tangible memories.
Christmas ornament collecting doesn’t have to be reserved to the holidays. People can purchase ornaments all year long because there are specialty Christmas stores and even online shops where collectors can hunt to their hearts’ content.
Ornaments Make Great Gifts
My BFF gives me a personalized ornament every year that includes the members of my family, and our dog. Ornaments make great gifts for anyone, but especially for the collector if you know exactly what they’re looking for. Just remember that there’s no strict guideline to collecting unless you happen to collect in a series or you collect a certain type such as vintage ornaments. If that’s the case, then you’d want to know what you need to look for in the ornament to make sure you got the genuine item and not a copycat.
Ornaments for All Ages
Collecting Christmas ornaments is a hobby that can breach any age gap. Even children and teens can collect them. One company makes specialty holiday ornaments that celebrate each year of a child’s life. Collect those now and by the time your child is old enough to put up his or her own tree, those ornaments will become a part of a memorable tradition for them.
One of my co-workers collects Christmas ornaments. He has over 10,000 Hallmark ornaments, plus others. He puts up 37 trees each year, most are themed. He has (among others) sports ornament trees, a frog ornament tree, and trees from he and his wife’s various travels. His young daughter has a Disney ornament tree.
Some people do collect ornaments from a financial point of view, knowing that the ornaments will only increase in value as time passes by. What type of Christmas ornaments should you collect?
You should collect the type of Christmas ornaments that appeal to you – and you don’t have to stick to just one type of collection, either. If you like whimsical snowmen, then collect those. If the Old World ornaments are more your style, then go for those. Or if you can’t choose between the two, start collecting both.
Do you have a favorite kind of ornament?