An owl isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of snow and Christmas ornaments — in fact, it’s not even the first animal that comes to mind.
However, while I was
wasting time doing heavy research on the Internet the other day, I discovered that there are old traditions connecting owls and Christmas.
Apparently back in the 1800’s — back in the days when Christmas tree ornaments were usually made out of glass — ornaments were hung on the tree to symbolize a wish. If you wished for wisdom, you would symbolically hang an owl ornament.
Today the idea of an owl having wisdom is sometimes used to connect him with a “secret knowledge” at Christmastime. I’m not sure exactly how or where this legend got started (and I personally never heard of it before this week), but many families recite “The Legend of the Christmas Owl” with their children every holiday season:
I decided to go searching for white, “snowy” owl ornaments and found several that thought are really cute. The almost-pure-white aspect gives them beautiful and cozy look, and I love the fact that they look winter-y without looking overtly Christmas-y. Sure, they’d look great in a Christmas tree, but they’d probably also look great hanging from a tree, or maybe the front porch or even some sort of bush, in January and February as well. They also would love lovely on the mantel, as part of a centerpiece, or tucked inside a Christmas wreath.
This owl ornament is four inches and made of styrofoam and faux fur, feathers, and wood. It comes with a white cord for hanging.
These snowy owl friends are five and a half inches tall and stand perched a on polyfoam base. They would be perfect sitting on the mantel or as a table centerpiece.
My favorite thing about this ornament because of the little bit of green on the bottom. It gives it a little color without being gaudy. In contrast to the feathery ornaments, this one is made of molten glass that is mouth-blown and then hand-painted. It is six inches tall.