The Christmas Bulb: the secret process of creating these ornaments in the Vosges Mountains

What would Christmas be without the Christmas tree and decorations? The tradition of the mouth-blown glass Christmas bulb lives on the in the village of Meisenthal, in the Northern Vosges Mountains. To learn the manufacturing secrets of the most famous Christmas decorations, France.fr takes us on a tour of the International Glass Art Center.

Once upon a time...

Legend has it that the Christmas bulb was invented in 1858, after a drought that left very little fruit to decorate the Christmas tree. A glassblower from Goetzenbruck came up with the idea of creating glass bulbs to brighten up the tree, and thus a tradition was born.

Making memories

Since 1998, the Meisenthal CIAV has passed down the know-how of Goetzenbruck glassmakers by producing mouth-blown glass Christmas bulbs.

The International Glass Art Center (CIAV) now offers two collections of Christmas bulbs: a traditional line and a contemporary one. Each year, the latter is extended to include a new designer ornament.

"Arti"

In 2018, Nathalie Nierengarten designed "Arti," a curvy, dreamlike Christmas bulb resembling an artichoke. Indeed, the creation was inspired by the designer's favorite childhood holiday meals.

Oh Christmas tree

From now until Dec 29, Meisenthal glassworks invites you to discover its 2018 design through an exhibition and various demonstrations. This is the perfect opportunity to add to your holiday decorations with a small souvenir from these master glassmakers—a piece of traditional know-how that fits easily into your suitcase.

Terrestrial Stars

Meisenthal glassworks in the Regional Nature Park of the Northern Vosges includes the International Glass Art Center, the Glass Hall, and the Glass Museum. These make up part of the Terrestrial Stars constellation, which include three remarkable sites: the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park, the Lalique Museum in Wingen-sur-Moder, and the Saint-Louis Crystal Museum.

Terrestrial Stars

Meisenthal glassworks in the Regional Nature Park of the Northern Vosges includes the International Glass Art Center, the Glass Hall, and the Glass Museum. These make up part of the Terrestrial Stars constellation, which include three remarkable sites: the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park, the Lalique Museum in Wingen-sur-Moder, and the Saint-Louis Crystal Museum.