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.
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.