Homes and Antiques Magazine - - CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS -

Much as the fash­ion for dec­o­rat­ing a "r tree orig­i­nated in Ger­many, so too did the glass or­na­ment that hung from its branches. Since the 16th cen­tury, the small moun­tain town of Lauscha in east­ern Ger­many has been a glass­mak­ing cen­tre, and the "rst shop there was opened by Hans Greiner and Christo# Mueller, sell­ing hand-blown swags of glass beads to drape over trees at Christ­mas among other glass­ware.

By the 1840s, a de­scen­dant of Greiner’s be­gan mak­ing glass ver­sions of the nuts and fruits tra­di­tion­ally hung on trees. Be­fore long they evolved into the baubles, kugel in Ger­man, that we know and love to­day.

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