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Pineapple Tree Topper Ornament

Our Pineapple Christmas tree topper will welcome family and friends to your home with the international symbol of hospitality--the pineapple. The tantalizing pineapples make colorful Christmas tree toppers or stunning centerpieces. Make a big impression by using several together in a display, or by combining them with other blown-glass food ornaments. 

  • Handcrafted by EUROPEAN artisans.
  • An original design by Ornaments to Remember.
  • Ornament height: 10 1/2  inches.

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From the treat of kings to the ultimate symbol of friendship and hospitality, pineapples have been many things to many people since Christopher Columbus first introduced this New World delicacy to European aristocracy.  In a society where sugar refined from cane was a rare commodity, imported at great cost from the Middle East and the Orient, the pineapple became an item of instant celebrity and curiosity, and remained so for hundreds of years.  So much so that King Charles II of England posed for an official portrait in an act then symbolic of royal privilege -- receiving a pineapple as a gift.

Across the ocean, in the American Colonies, the pineapple took on other symbolic meanings.  In a land of sparse settlements and primitive towns, where individual homes served as hubs for the community, visiting was the primary means of entertainment.  The warmth, charm and style with which guests were taken into the home, coupled with creative food display – the main entertainment during a formal home visit – was a means by which a woman declared both her personality and her family's status.

Within the bounds of their family's means, hostesses sought to outdo each other in the creation of memorable, fantasy-like dining room scenes. In this atmosphere, the pineapple literally crowned the most important feasts: often held aloft on special pedestals as the pinnacle of the table's sumptuous display.  Its rarity, expense, reputation and striking visual attractiveness made it the ultimate exotic fruit, and visitors confronted with pineapple-topped food displays felt particularly honored by a hostess who obviously spared no expense to ensure her guests' dining pleasure.

In this manner, the fruit which was the visual keystone of the feast naturally came to symbolize the high spirits of the social events themselves; the image of the pineapple came to express the sense of welcome, good cheer, human warmth and family affection inherent to such gracious home gatherings.





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