Decorating the Christmas Tree with Waterford Crystal

To deck the halls is to line twinkling lights outside, place candles on the mantle, string garland along the staircase, and adorn an evergreen tree with tinsel and ornaments. At Waterford, decorating the tree is a tradition we particularly admire. A Waterford ornament is a piece to cherish and to keep, an heirloom to hand down to the next generation. Each year, our collection of crystal, coloured, and metal baubles invite cheer, heritage, and craftsmanship into your celebrations.

The Origins of the Christmas Tree

Decorating the tree is an age-old Christmas tradition and the ultimate symbol of the festive season. It’s a custom that celebrates memories old and new. Throughout life, ornaments are acquired to commemorate milestones and are brought out each year to hang from the tree. While each new year offers the opportunity to add something special to your collection.

The origins of this tradition dates back to the 16th century. Evergreen fir trees were brought into the home to symbolise the feast of Adam and Eve. The first Christmas trees were adorned with candles, roses, apples, moss, pecans, and popcorn. 

In modern times, candles became string lights, flowers and sweets became decorative ornaments. The act of decorating the tree became a family tradition, marking a season full of cheer and togetherness.

How to Decorate the Tree

There is no one way to decorate the tree. Influenced by family traditions or personal taste, how you adorn your Christmas tree is entirely up to you. Find inspiration from the 2021 Festive collection of crystal, golden, and coloured ornaments that speak to you.

Crystal Ornaments

Bask in the festive spirit this year with our collection of crystal ornaments. Expertly crafted and designed to celebrate Irish heritage and conviviality, clear or coloured crystal ornaments encapsulate the holiday spirit and create lasting memories. Stunning facets reflect light when hung from a lit Christmas tree, creating a glisten and glow to cherish all season long. 

The crystal ornament assortment features a variety of shapes and patterns. Traditional Irish symbols, the Shamrock, Seahorse, and Harp, signify good luck and are emblems of Ireland, the home of Waterford. A lucky charm makes for a perfect gift for a loved one this time of year.

Annual ornaments are perennial shapes reimagined each year, ideal for the collector at heart. The Snowstar (a new addition for 2021), Snowcrystal, Angel, Icicle, and Cross pair beautifully with editions of seasons past or mark the onset of a new tradition. Intricate cuts produce glowing refractions, creating a magnificent glow in the home.

Lismore, the most iconic and distinguished of the Waterford patterns, is carefully cut into new ornaments including the new Lismore Bauble, Icicle, and Bell Ornament. This fine crystal ball and bell, accented in a light cranberry colour, is crafted in stunning diamond and wedge cuts from the iconic pattern perfect for any winter setting.

Golden Ornaments

The warmth of the holiday season comes to life in golden ornaments. The striking gilded collectables are a beautiful addition to any tree. These decorations are intricately engraved to combine the best moments of this special season with the skilled craftsmanship of Waterford. Our golden ornaments are crafted to create everlasting memories that will resonate for seasons to come.

Beloved classics like the Angel, Cross, Robin, and Bell have returned, and we welcome glorious new shapes like the Star, Reindeer, Candy Cane, and filigree Heart. The classic shapes have a contemporary feel with their golden hue and add a unique, luxurious glint to your tree.