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December 10th – The tenth day of Advent

December 10, 2008

Deck the halls with boughs of holly……

The Christopher Radko company has been making Christmas ornaments for 23 years.  It takes seven days and a variety of craftspeople to make each hand painted ornament, in the old European tradition.

The story I heard was: the Radko Christmas tree fell over one year, and many family ornaments were smashed.  (Hey, that happened to me!)  Good old Chris wanted to make his devastated mother feel better, so he decided to replace the broken ornaments.  The rest is history.  Radkos are the premier collector’s ornament.  I have only a few – they are very expensive!!  They can also be quiet large.  The angle in the peach dress is about ten inches tall.

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  1. December 10, 2008 11:38 pm

    If that story is true (and if not, it still makes a great story), then what a wonderful inspiration for their company and the work they do. I have been thrilled with some of the non-traditional, for me, ornaments I have seen this year…some that have had to come home with me. I like that I am at a point in my life where I can embrace and hold fast to our family traditions while adding to them and doing new things. It has made decorating my house, something that is entirely my domain, a wonderful experience this year.

    I think it is a true story, Carl. I recall him (Christopher) telling the story on a television program – like Martha Stewart or something like that. Lucky you being in charge of decorating. Me too!
    One family tradition I had to give up was a second Christmas tree. I just don’t have the time or energy to do it all any more. There are plenty of other traditions that we keep up, however – my kids wouldn’t let me get away with anything less!

  2. December 11, 2008 7:03 am

    I come here, curious and with a sense of wonder since you began Advent and I am not, not ever disappointed! This is wonderful. It’s like opening a special Christmas book.

    Oh, I am so pleased! I just love Advent Calendars. My sister and I always had them as kids, and of course I still get them for my kids. This has really been fun to create – my very own, personal, Advent calendar. I have so many things I want to share, I don’t know if there are enough days left!

  3. December 16, 2008 1:31 am

    Yes, I think I heard him say that, too! I have a small collection of Radkos as well (some the miniatures, about four that are very large!). I love them — they really seem to glow on the Christmas tree.

    This really is a fabulous set of posts! Every one is glorious!

    Thank you, Jeanie. I am having lots of fun with this. And I am so glad you confirmed the Radko story. Sometimes I think I am hallucinating! The ornaments really are fabulous, aren’t they? I would like to get some of the Radko garlands – they are so big and hunky and cool!

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