the Christmas season, our family welcomes guests to our home to relax,
warm themselves next to a crackling fire, sip on a cup of hot cider
and enjoy good company. As our guest to this website, we hope you
will feel the same sense of welcome. It is our hope that we can make
this wondrous holiday more festive than ever by offering ornaments
and collectibles that are sure to delight the child in all of us and
by delivering these treasures with a devotion to service that exceeds
the expectations of our customers.
and Beth Merck
The Merck Family's Old World Christmas was founded by Tim and Beth
Merck, a couple who shared a special love for Christmas, especially
its rich traditions in the European style. The Mercks are credited
with revitalizing the art of mouth-blown fine glass ornaments as a
result of their reintroducing figural designs to the United States
in 1979. Today, The Merck Family's Old World Christmas is one of the
leading distributors of the world's most extensive and best-loved
collections of mouth-blown figural glass ornaments, vintage style
night lights and nostalgic greeting cards.
Old World Christmas Creations
Each figural glass ornament produced for The Merck Family's
Old World Christmas is hand crafted in age-old tradition using the
same techniques that originated in the 1800's. Molten glass is mouth-blown
into finely carved molds available only to the Merck Family's Old
World Christmas, before a hot solution of liquid silver is poured
inside. The ornaments are then hand-painted and glittered in a series
of labor-intensive steps to achieve the beautiful creations.
The Merck Family's Old World Christmas also presents a delightful
assortment of nostalgic greeting cards, enclosure cards and framed
shadow box prints using images recreated from the family's historical
collection of antique images. The richly-colored imagery is beautifully
printed and then dusted with fine gold and iridescent glitters.
Illumination has been a part of the Christmas celebration since the
early 1900's when a growing fascination with new electrical lights
began to gleam on Christmas trees. Bringing cheer to wintry days,
The Merck Family's Old World Christmas proudly carries on this tradition
by offering the warm glow of a highly collectible Santa Light, Candle Lights
and Light Covers that bring new personality to strings
of miniature lights in garlands, wreaths, and trees.
At The Merck Family's Old World Christmas our goal is simple: to offer
the best in quality, design, and value. We promise to provide high-quality,
traditionally designed, hand-crafted collectibles that are created
with even more attention to detail than those produced 100 years ago.
We are committed to excellent customer service, affordable prices,
and fast, efficient shipping that is second-to-none.