For many people across the world, Christmas time is a highlight of the year if they celebrate the holiday. Though many people find that the season is full of intense pressure to meet the standards of the culture around them, there are some highlights to the season. Whether it’s a glorious meal of Christmas pig cooked by Romanians to celebrate the seasons to the frantic Christmas festivities of Mexicans, there is little doubt that in the end, Christmas is a time to celebrate rather than dwell on what is expected. Many people have taken personalizing the holiday experience, whether it’s going out of their way to avoid all but the most essential elements of the holiday or finding a unique way to celebrate.
One particularly personalized element of the holiday is decorating a Christmas tree. Naturally, each Christmas tree in the parts of the world where this tradition is celebrated will of course be unique to each home that brings in a tree. Some homes stick to artificial trees for the simple lack of extra complications they provide, while traditionalist homes in the colder regions of the world go for actual trees. Once a tree of one strain or another is acquired, there is oftentimes the matter of decorating it, a place where everyone who celebrates can add their own personal touch to the season.
Christmas tree ornaments come in a vast and dizzying array of forms, ranging from conventional glass bulbs all the way up to deeply personal mementos of earlier times in a family’s life. Exactly how one decorates their Christmas tree speaks quite a bit about their personal aesthetic preferences, ranging from a prim and proper tree focused around a very specific theme (such as gold colored ornaments or purple colored ornaments) to a more wild tree, be it an artificial palm tree with ornaments and lights or a large number of personal mementos acquired over the years and turned into ornaments, ranging from tiny felt dinosaurs, tiny seashells from a long ago trip to a beach, an uncomplicated bulb custom decorated with glittering glue, a tiny flag acquired when a family member became a newly minted citizen or any number of other deeply personal items that create a truly unusual tree.
Ten Thousand Villages, a company based in Canada, sells a wide range of Christmas tree ornaments constructed around the principles of fair tree and economic and environmental sustainability. These ornaments are bought at a fair price from artisans in locations across the planet, particularly from economically disadvantaged parts of the world that specialize in handcrafted products that people in the wealthier parts of the world find desirable. These products range from colorful ceramic hearts, felt mistletoe, and artisan crafted elephants laced with tinsel and colorful beads. All of these ornaments are certified as being humanely crafted while respecting the rights and economic needs of all the artisans, whether the piece was crafted in India, Kenya or anywhere else Ten Thousand Villages does business with local artisans.