The 2021 Wallace Candy Cane is just one of the many classic ornaments that we offer at Silver Superstore. This piece has been released annually for decades, but where did it get its start?
A Brief History Of The Candy Cane
If a legend dating to 1670 is to be believed, the first candy cane was the brainchild of a German church choirmaster. Hoping to keep the little ones quiet during a reenactment of the Nativity, he asked a local confectioner to make what he described as “sugar sticks” for them.To justify doling out treats in church, the choirmaster suggested adding a crook at the top; with any luck, that would inspire the children to reflect on the humble shepherds in the scene.
This lovely story may have some basis in truth, but the first stick candies didn’t debut until confectioners competed for prizes at an exhibition in Massachusetts in 1837. The earliest recipe for a straight peppermint candy stick was published in 1844, and there’s mention made of a candy cane in an 1866 literary work. Candy canes as we now know them didn’t show up on Christmas trees until the early 1880s.
Custom Silver Christmas Gifts From Silver Superstore
Even with 364 days to prepare, most people fall behind on holiday gift shopping. They forget to allow time for baking, menu planning and finding something to wear to the office party. They forget the amount of effort required to make decorating look effortless. They forget that items sell out, and they have to start all over.
If this describes you, then you’re in the right place.
The holidays are a happy time. Unpacking ornaments and holiday décor brings back memories of family moments spent together while planning parties and fancy dinners give you the chance to use your decorative tableware including your high-end flatware and sophisticated china.
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Beautiful Bells To Adorn Your Tree This Holiday Season
Christmas bells ring in a season of joy, happy memories and closeness with family and friends. They go hand in hand with the aroma of baking gingerbread, the crackle of logs on the fire and the twinkling of lights on a decorated tree. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without bells.
Carry on the tradition by making finely crafted bell ornaments a part of your holiday decor.
Before you know it, there will be a noticeable nip in the air. The changing leaves will usher in Thanksgiving, and the proverbial silver bells will ring in Christmas.
Make this holiday memorable with gifts, ornaments and table settings that will be treasured for generations to come. Silver Superstore has a wide variety of unique keepsakes, and our custom engraving service will make them deeply personal.
For 49 years, people have anticipated the newest edition of the Reed & Barton Christmas Cross. There is more to their enthusiasm than the satisfaction of adding to their collections.
Like traditional holiday recipes or gift-giving rituals, the reappearance of treasured ornaments cheers the soul. Unwrapping them and taking careful inventory brings to mind the stories attached to them, especially when they’ve been passed down for generations. Arranging them on Christmas trees, mantels, wreaths or gift boxes is one of the year’s most pleasant pastimes.
The First Ornaments
Germans of the 16th century get credit for innovating decorated Christmas trees as we know them today, and it is believed that Protestant reformer Martin Luther was the first to light one with candles.
Christmas trees gained popularity in America in the late 1800s. The first ornaments were baked goods or homemade trinkets, but German immigrants began making reusable decorations. The practice quickly caught on. With the advent of Christmas tree lights in 1880, ornament makers started to use materials that reflected their twinkle.
Silver ornaments became an especially popular choice in the 1970s. Silver’s durability makes it ideal for years of decorating, and its reflective luster is enhanced by the deep green boughs and glowing lights of a Christmas tree.
One of the cheeriest days of the year is the day that holiday ornaments are unpacked. Greeting familiar items warms a winter day like nothing else, especially when trinkets have been in the family for years.
The annually issued Gorham Snowflakes are particularly elegant pieces. Their appearance varies from year to year, but it remains true to the original designer’s vision. For almost 50 years, these sterling silver ornaments have been brightening Christmas trees, fireplace mantels and gift boxes across the country.
The calendar has flipped over to June, and here at Silver Superstore that can only mean one thing: our 2017 silver Christmas ornaments have started rolling in! And as much as we love a good backyard barbecue, it’s never too early to plan ahead and get your hands on your annual favorites.
2017 Gorham Snowflake
This gorgeous creation is a six-sided piece of .925 sterling silver adorned with a red ribbon. This festive item is guaranteed made in the USA and is stamped Gorham Sterling on the edge. It’s the 48th in a long line of terrific ornaments crafted with Old World charm and dedication to quality. The snowflake is 3.5 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide. It glimmers in the light from the sheen of its reflective surface. The concentric hexagon pattern repeats on both sides, so it will look marvelous from any angle.
You can also adorn the Gorham Snowflake with an Engraving Tag and add a special message. Both sides can be engraved ($6.00 extra for the second side). There are 15 fonts from which you can choose. It also comes with both a protective pouch and an attractive gift box. As with real snowflakes, no two Gorham versions are the same from year to year.
Christmas Ornaments have long been a beautiful holiday tradition often spanning multiple generations. Some families collect Candy Canes and some Snowflakes. We offer a wide variety of ornaments so weather you are looking for this years version of your collection or to start a new tradition, we have you covered. Here are a few of the hottest selling and most delightful up and coming ornaments we carry!
The 2016 Wallace Silverplate Sleigh Bell Christmas ornament is the 46th Edition. This year the bell features a design of shooting stars around the bell which is embossed with the year 2016. The Wallace Sleigh Bell is one of the best-selling collectible silver Christmas tree ornaments and makes a perfect personalized Christmas decoration.
Handcrafted in fine silverplate, this silver bell Christmas decoration measures 2-3/4 inch tall by 2-1/2 inch wide. There is a nice gift box included with one red ribbon and one white ribbon for hanging and it is made in the USA. It also includes a nice soft pouch for safekeeping.
This heirloom quality Gorham sterling silver 2016 Snowflake Christmas ornament will be a elegant addition to your home and christmas décor. The snowflake comes with a red ribbon that will add a beautiful touch of joy to a holiday package, tree or mantel. This is the 47th Edition of the treasured annual collectible.
The Gorham Snowflake ornament measures approximately 3-3/4 inches high by 3 inches wide. This snowflake is one of our best-selling ornaments across all silver manufacturers.
We love traditions at the Silver Superstore, and love to hear about yours! Here is a special tradition from one of our customers:
Here are the Christmas crosses that I started giving my daughter in 1979. She anticipates receiving one every year. Because she now lives in Paris, she doesn’t have the silver trees I originally gave her to display them on at Christmas. Rather, they now put them on the actual tree. Also, they carefully count them as they go on and as they come off each year to make sure that none are thrown out accidentally.
My son, Matthew, who lives in Texas has the same collection which was started in 1986. Because they are closing on their new home on December 23, no trees will be up this year!!! Next year I will help them put all of their trees up, 2 silver, one real green one and the oldest of all, a very special Poor Man’s Tree that my grandfather made for my sister and me just before I was born. Thank you for your interest in the family tradition of collecting the Reed and Barton Christmas Crosses. My grandchildren will inherit some very beautiful ornaments some time long into the future.
Merry Christmas to you, your family and the staff at the Silver SuperStore.