'Tis the season and all that, and since last year I reviewed tinsel, why not follow it up this year with another popular Christmas decoration? Baubles adorn Christmas trees everywhere, more so than other hanging decorations in the shapes of icicles, nativity scenes, or whatever else they decide to attach to a piece of string. But why are baubles so popular?
Well, they certainly are the most inoffensive of ornaments. Baubles are simple and spherical. They're nice to look at, easy to hold, simple to attach to the tree. They're also pretty versatile, they can be any number of colours, be painted with a variety of patterns, and can even be personalised to include names or messages. The bauble is so ingrained in the Christmas culture that it's hard to imagine what you'd put on a tree if baubles weren't around. It would just feel wrong.
There's really not much I can say against baubles. The only bad thing I can think of is the potential injury caused by one falling to the ground and shattering, but the fact is that baubles are so widely produced that you can probably pick up shatterproof plastic ones anywhere. So if you're the kind of person who loves knocking ornaments off trees, you can still enjoy everything the bauble has to offer. They're simple yet elegant, and Christmas just wouldn't be the same without them.
My rating: 5/5