The Jorde grandchildren even play “I Spy” once the home’s main Christmas tree is decorated.First one to spot the green pickle ornament gets to open a gift.Dating of the ornaments is often facilitated by studying the hook.
At this time of year, the Christmas tree is a favorite showcase for those who can't resist the dated silver, crystal and porcelain ornaments that are issued annually, many of them in limited editions.
Carol Ferguson Vesely, owner of Zantow-Ferguson Inc., jewelers in Stamford, prefers a white tree with white lights and dispenses with tinsel, since ''one silver ornament reflects onto another.'' ''You need a six-foot tree to do justice to a silver collection,'' she says.
Decorated trees were brought to America by Hessians – German mercenaries – fighting in the Revolutionary War. Woolworth of five-and-dime fame had reluctantly stocked his stores with German-made ornaments in 1880.
Christmas wasn't widely celebrated in the United States until the 1800s, however, because of the Puritans' influence. By 1890, he was selling $25 million worth of ornaments at nickel and dime prices.
The three-year Commemorative Collection III celebrates the third series of the annual Rolan Johnson Christmas Ornaments. This collection displays ornaments dating from 2005-2007.