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Finland Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Finland. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Finnish Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Christmas preparations in Finland start in early October with people gathering for evenings of Pikkujoulu or "little Christmas." Families count the days and weeks of the season with Advent calendars and candles. Traditional decorations include national flags and the himmeli, a geometric mobile made of straw. At sunset on Christmas Eve families attend church services to commemorate Christ's birth. That evening, candles are placed on graves to remember loved ones and soldiers. Bearing gifts, Father Christmas arrives from Lapland on a sled drawn by reindeer. Christmas Day is a quiet day of devotion and family visits. The Christmas season comes to a close with Twelfth Night.
Bronner #1000609.
Scotland Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Scotland. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Scottish Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Customon the back of the ornament reads:
In Scotland religious services and quiet family gatherings dominate the celebration of Christ's birth. Hogmanay, New Year's Eve, is a time of joyous revelry. At midnight, church bells ring as people join hands and sing "Auld Lang Syne" in remembrance of friends past and present. The first person to cross the threshold after midnight is called the first-footer, and traditionally brings gifts of coal, bread, money, or salt to ensure warmth, food, and wealth for the coming year. The Scottish wisely believe that the year is best begun this way: rise early, pay your debts and borrow no more, dine well, and cheerfully resolve to work hard.
Bronner #1000610.
Poland Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Poland. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Polish Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
The Star of Bethlehem is the most popular Christmas symbol. Christmas is known as Gwiazda, or "Little Star." The first star in the Christmas Eve sky signals the end of a day-long fast of Wigilia, and celebrations begin. Before the Christmas Eve meal is served, the head of the house distributes an oplatki (peace wafer) symbolizing friendship and peace. A straw-sewn place setting is reserved for the humble Christ. Decorations include an elaborate crèche and choinka (Christmas tree) decorated with straw stars, fruit, nuts, cookies and intricately painted eggs. Often, young men carry a lighted star on a pole en route to Pasterka (Shepherd's Mass) at midnight Christmas Eve.
Bronner #1000596.
USA Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of USA. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our United States of America Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Although many of the varied customs were brought by immigrants, American innovations include popcorn garland, candy canes, colored electric lights and a jolly bearded Santa Claus in a sleigh with reindeer. Streets, parks and malls are decorated and often include a Nativity scene. The national Christmas tree is lit annually on the White House lawn, while decorated trees prevail in communities, homes, businesses and churches. Holiday activities include shopping, decorating, caroling and concerts. Lumanaries light the way for the Christ child. On December 24 and 25 families attend church, enjoy turkey dinners and open gifts placed under the tree.
Bronner #1000604.
Denmark Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Denmark. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Danish Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
The season begins with the preparation of the Advent wreath and Advent calendar. After a candlelight church service on Christmas Eve, families enjoy a festive dinner. After dinner the children are allowed to see the Christmas tree decorated with straw ornaments, birds, apples, hearts, and kraemmerhus (cone-shaped baskets filled with treats). Members of the family join hands, circle the tree, and sing carols before opening gifts. Gifts often include beautiful plates laden with cookies. Julnisse is a Danish elf known for playing tricks; every Christmas Eve he must be given a bowl of rice pudding to ensure his watch over the family and livestock for the coming year.
Bronner #1000601.
Canada Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Canada. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Canadian Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
In 1898 Canada instituted its Penny Postal System on Christmas Day, when a stamp was issued with a special Christmas theme. Christmas is observed in various forms in the different provinces. In Labrador, children receive candles placed in a turnip saved from the harvest. Newfoundland fisherman donate the proceeds of their catch to the local parish. In French Quebec, celebrations called Reveillons begin after midnight mass on Christmas Eve and last until dawn. In the areas settled by Scottish highlanders, the psalms resound on Christmas morning. The holiday season ends on January 6, except in Ukranian communities where Christmas is observed on January 7.
Bronner #1000606.
Ukraine Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Ukraine. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Ukrainian Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Ukrainian Christmas is on January 7. A sheaf of wheat saved from summer's harvest is decorated and placed in a corner under an icon. The first star in the sky signals Christmas. On Christmas Eve a twelve course meatless dinner is served, one course in memory of each apostle. The first course, Kutia, is made of wheat (representing straw in the manger) and honey (symbolizing the Infant). Children later receive gifts of nuts and apples. At midnight the family attends Divine Liturgy. Christmas extends for three days. Carolers go from house to house singing special songs (koliadky) about Christ's birth and life. A star-bearer walks with them, carrying a symbol of the star of Bethlehem.
Bronner #1000611.
England Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of England. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our English Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
The custom of sending Christmas cards originated in England, a nation rich in varied traditions. Window candles attract carolers, called waits, who fill the air with Christmas music. A yule log finds its place of tradition in the hearths of some homes in England and Wales. Children hang stockings by the chimney of their bed, hoping Father Christmas will bring them gifts. Before the use of the Christmas tree, the main decoration was the kissing bough, made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. Christmas feasting includes the wassail bowl and flaming plum pudding. On Boxing Day, December 26 (St. Stephan's Day), gift boxes and alms are distributed to the needy.
Bronner #1000594.
Mexico Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Mexico. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Mexican Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Color is provided by the brilliant red of the "Flower of the Holy Night," or poinsettia. A popular custom is the posada; beginning December 16, processions go from house to house carrying the images of Joseph and Mary, re-enacting their quest for lodging. On La Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) a shrine of flowers and cedar boughs is prepared for the Christ Child, whose image is placed in it at midnight, with luminaires adding a special glow. On Christmas Day children attempt to break the piñata, a decorated earthenware figure filled with nuts, fruit, candy and trinkets. On the day of Epiphany, January 6, children receive gifts from the Wise Men.
Bronner #1000602.
Holland Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Holland. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Dutch Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, plays an important role in the celebration of Christmas in Holland. He arrives by steamer, alone or with his assistant, Black Peter, on the last Saturday in November. His gift-giving rounds are made on December 6, when Dutch children leave hay and carrots in their wooden shoes for his white horse. Mystery presents in cleverly-wrapped packages are exchanged at St. Nicholas parties. After church services, Christmas Day is spent in family activities such as caroling, story-telling and skating. December 26, which is called "Second Christmas Day," is often a day for musical concerts honoring Christ's birth.
Bronner #1000605.
Czech Republic Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Czech Republic. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Czech Republic Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
On the evening of December 5, St. Nicholas legendarily descends from a gold cord with an angel and mentor to reward or admonish children. At Christmas Eve supper, a chair is left vacant for the Christ-child. After supper, candles on the tree are lighted. Tree decor includes straw and paper stars, Bohemian glass ornaments, fruits, nuts, cookies, and intricately painted eggshells--symbolizing birth. After midnight mass, children often sleep on straw by the manger, reminiscent of Christ’s birth. On January 6, Epiphany, priests write C+M+B over the doors of homes, placing a cross between letters which stand for the initials of the Magi and a Latin phrase meaning “May Christ bless this home.”
Bronner #1000616.
Philippines Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Philippines. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Filipino Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Christmas in the Philippines begins on the 16th of December at 4:00 a.m., when Filipinos gather in church to observe the first in a series of "Misa de Gallo." This novena of masses culminates on Christmas Eve at midnight with the "Misa de Aguinaldo." Christmas activities include caroling, processions which feature elaborately-crafted lanterns, and the Panuluyan which is a street drama depicting the journey to Bethlehem. Home decorations include the parol (a lantern which adorns the doorway) the Belen (nativity scene) and a "Christ birthday tree." Gifts are exchanged and Santa makes an appearance in some areas. The season ends on January 6 with the Feast of the Three Kings.
Bronner #1000607.
France Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of France. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our French Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
The crèche (manger) occupies a place of prominence in the French home. Terra cotta figures known as santons (little saints) represent the Holy Family. Area processions include a live lamb, the symbol of the Lamb of God. The Bûche de Noël, a log-shaped cake, has become a favorite Christmas delicacy. Children leave their shoes by the firesideon Christmas Eve hoping Père Noël (Father Christmas) or le Petit Noël (the Christ Child) will fill them with gifts before morning. Their parents attend Christmas masses at midnight and return to a late supper known as le Réveillon. On Epiphany eve, three figures are added to the crèche in celebration of the visit of the Magi.
Bronner #1000599.
Italian Greeting Ornament
$8.99
Celebrate the Holiday Season in perfect Italian style with this Bronner's exclusive red shiny ornament! This charming ornament is 3" tall and crafted of glass from Hungary.
Spanish Greeting Ornament
$8.99
Celebrate the Holiday Season in perfect Spanish style with this Bronner's exclusive red shiny ornament! This charming ornament is 3" tall and crafted of glass from Hungary.
Polish Greeting Ornament
$8.99
Celebrate the Holiday Season in perfect Polish style with this Bronner's exclusive red shiny ornament! This charming ornament is 3" tall and crafted of glass from Hungary.
Russia Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Russia. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Russian Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Russia's Christmas season, known as Sviatki, lasts from January 7 to 19. The true Russian Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ and is observed on January 7. Carolers go from house to house, led by the bearer of "The Star of Bethlehem." As the first star appears in the sky the family joins together to honor the Christ Child, who is symbolized by a tall white candle in the center of the traditional supper table. The head of the family speaks the traditional Christmas greeting "Christ is born!" and everyone responds, "Glorify Him!" The decorating of Christmas trees has enjoyed a renewed enthusiasm since the fall of Communism. Gifts are traditionally exchanged on New Year's Eve.
Bronner #1051546.
Greek Greeting Ornament
$8.99
Celebrate the Holiday Season in perfect Greek style with this Bronner's exclusive red shiny ornament! This charming ornament is 3" tall and crafted of glass from Hungary.

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Portugal Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Portugal. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Portuguese Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Both the nativity and the Christmas tree play important roles in the Christmas celebration in Portugal. In preparation for the coming of the Christ Child, many rural Portuguese carol from house to house asking, "Is there room?" Christmas Eve is a time of heightened celebration as children place their shoes by the fireplace in anticipation of gifts from the Infant Jesus or Santa Claus. Consoada, a special holiday meal, is eaten on Christmas Eve and at midnight many people attend midnight mass. A traditional sweet is the kingcake, baked with a dry bean inside of it. Whoever finds the dry bean has to pay the kingcake or buy another one to eat at the midnight supper on December 31.
Bronner #1051545.
Greece Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Greece. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Greek Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
December is a time of storms in the seas around Greece. December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas, the patron of sailors, who stilled the waters. On Christmas morning children go to homes singing carols called kalanda. Dinner includes christopsomo (Christ-bread). St. Basil, Hagios Vasilios, is the bearer of Greek children's gifts which are exchanged on St. Basil's Day, January 1. On Epiphany people gather at a nearby river for the ceremonial Blessing of the Waters. As a symbol of the Holy Spirit, a white dove is released. A priest throws a cross into the water and young men compete to recover it. A special blessing is given to the one who retrieves the cross.
Bronner #1000600.
Spain Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Spain . Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Spanish Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
The Spanish Christmas blends the religious spirit of the Nativity with delights of the table, the Spanish passion for song and dance, and the universal pleasure of renewing family ties. The nacimiento (birth), belenes (Bethlehem crib) or Nativity scene is more important to the family than a Christmas tree. Christmas Eve is known as Noche Buena, the "good night." After mass and a special meal, the children receive one gift – other gifts must wait for Epiphany (12 days after Christmas), since the Three Kings are the legendary gift bearers. The Kings leave gifts in shoes the family has left out.
Bronner #1000618.
Sweden Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This is one Swede keepsake! Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our 3" tall ornament shares the Christmas customs of Sweden in vibrant red along a two-tone gold and white finish. The front displays a picture of the Julbock (a goat made of straw) next to the traditional Christmas greeting "God Jul". Whether you're of Swedish descent or simply an admirer of different ethnicities, our customs of Sweden glass ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Please select the alternate image to view Sweden's Christmas customs printed on the back.
Bronner #1161182.
Hungary Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Hungary. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Hungarian Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
St. Nicholas Day, December 6, opens Christmas festivities. St. Nicholas may leave small gifts or birch rods in shoes or boots which children have placed on window sills. Before the Christmas Eve meal, the family gathers by the Christmas tree. After prayer, gifts are given. The Christmas tree is decorated with tissue, felt and Szalon Cukor, a fudge-like candy. When the first star appears the meal is served. By custom an extra place is set for a stranger who might knock at the door in search of hospitality. At midnight, costumed villagers go to mass, where a beautiful crèche is displayed in the church. Children known as Bethlehemesek travel the village streets performing Nativity plays.
Bronner #1000612.
Australia Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Australia. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Australian Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
In Australia, many celebrate the birth of Christ with attendance at midnight mass. Christmas falls in the middle of Australia's summer, ushering in the summer holidays for students and providing families the opportunity to get together to exchange greetings and presents. Australians enjoy a Christmas Eve tradition, Carols by Candlelight, begun in 1937. These gatherings allow Australians to sing their favorite Christmas songs together by candlelight. A traditional Christmas dinner includes a Christmas plum pudding for dessert. In Australian gold rush days Christmas puddings often hid a gold nugget, and small favors are still baked inside these puddings today.
Bronner #1072595.
Polish Customs Christmas Greeting Ornament
$9.99
Festive, colorful art complements the Polish Christmas greeting. Christmas customs of Poland are featured on the reverse side of this exclusive 3" tall Wesolych Swiat glass ornament. Made in Hungary.
Please select the inset image to view the Christmas Customs of Poland sentiment that is printed on this ornament's reverse side.
Wales Christmas Custom Glass Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Wales. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Welsh Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
In the pre-dawn hours of Christmas Day, people gathered in rural churches for Plygain, a service where old Welsh carols were sung, traditionally by men, in polyphonic harmony without accompaniment. The brilliant illumination from multi-colored candles brought by the attendees in a processional was an important feature of this service. Another custom unique to Wales is the Calennig, an apple studded with cloves, sprouting a sprig of evergreen on the top and supported on a tripod. It is carried from house to house by children singing carols, hoping for a small gift in return for this symbol of good luck, peace and prosperity in the coming new year.
Bronner #1138679.
German Customs Christmas Greeting Ornament
$9.99
Crafted exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, this unique 3" customs glass ornament features the German phrase Fröhliche Weihnachten (Merry Christmas) printed above the design of a softly glowing Christmas candle.
Please select the inset image to view the Christmas Customs of Germany sentiment that is printed on this ornament's reverse side.
Italian Customs Christmas Greeting Ornament
$9.99
This Bronner's exclusive Buon Natale ornament features an elegant angel accented with gold detail and Christmas wishes in Italian! This charming angel glass ornament measures 3" tall. Made in Hungary.
Please select the inset image to view the Christmas Customs of Italy sentiment that is printed on this ornament's reverse side.
Germany Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Germany. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our German Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Celebrations begin before December 6 with pageants and fairs featuring cookies, breads, sausages, decorations and toys. Many observe Christ's coming by lighting candles on an Advent wreath or opening Advent calendar windows. Decorating the Tannenbaum originated in Germany. On Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) families enjoy decorating the tree with white candles and ornaments of wood, foil, and glass. A Krippe (nativity set) is placed under the tree. Children receive gifts from the Christkind (Christ Child). The season ends with Epiphany, when the Sternsänger carol and roam the streets with star-shaped lanterns symbolizing the Wise Men from the East.
Bronner #1000595.
Switzerland Christmas Custom Ornament
$8.99
This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Switzerland. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Swiss Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Drawing upon four distinct traditions (German, French, Italian, and Romanche, a Swiss dialect), customs are combined according to local usage. Sternsingen (singing to the stars) is a tradition in many places during Advent. The Advent wreath, Advent calendar and Nativity are also displayed. On December 6, St. Nicholas, also known as Samichlaus, and his companion Schmutzli give children treats. Gifts are given on Christmas Eve or New Year's, brought by the Christkindli or St St. Nicholas, or even Father Christmas and wife Lucy. Real candles and sparklers are often used on the Christmas tree. In Eastern Switzerland, it is custom to burn an immense log, "Noel's Log."
Bronner #1000615.
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