Last week I posted a few photos of favorite Christmas ornaments. Here are a couple more:
This is a neat one, although the effect isn't as pronounced in the photo. It's a kind of chiseled glass globe, hollowed out and inset with a little Nativity scene in brass. What makes it really cool is that there's a hole in the bottom, through which a single bulb from one of the light strands is inserted; the bulb's light is then scattered throughout the ornament, prism-like, by the glass. It's very striking.
This one is also from the Past Times company. It's one of a set of three little crowns, based -- according to the catalog, anyway -- on the crowns of England's Plantagenet Kings. I have no idea if that's true or not, but I love the way these look.