The same clip-on blue jay ornament that was on my dad's tree when he was a child is now on mine. Our tradition is for it to be the first ornament to go on our tree and the last one taken off.
According to the Sioux, blue jays prefer fir trees for their homes and nesting areas, and according to my daughter, it just wouldn't be Christmas without a blue jay on the tree! Just as trees are symbolic of longevity, endurance, and strength, so are these fearless little birds. May one take up residence on your tree year after year.
This vintage-inspired glass ornament by Merck Family's Old World Christmas is hand crafted using the same techniques that originated in the 1800's. In a series of labor-intensive steps, it is then hand-painted and glittered to achieve the beautiful ornament you see here. With its metal clip, you can attach it anywhere on your tree, on a wreath, or even as part of your centerpiece, perhaps inspiring your own family tradition!