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Buying an ornament started a collection which became a business

The first ornament Jane Greenwood bought eventually became a retirement business. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLTV. The first ornament Jane Greenwood bought eventually became a retirement business. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLTV.
GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) -

It started with one ornament and grew to thousands. In fact, a Gladewater couple became so captivated with high-end Christmas ornaments they just had to share it with others. This is the Christmas story of the ornament that made a business.

One step into the Greenwood’s home and you can see they enjoy a little Christmas cheer. Jane Greenwood is pretty picky about her ornaments.

“We particularly like Christopher Radko because they’re very collectible. And one of my favorites is Old World Christmas because a lot of those have legends about them,” Jane said.

And speaking of legend, the formidable collection started with a sock.

“It was a red stocking, and I’d gone to Tulsa Oklahoma with my husband. He was going to a meeting and I went to a place called Point of View, and that’s when I got acquainted with Old World Ornaments,” Jane recalled.

Old World makes many unique blown glass ornaments, but Mr. Greenwood fell in love with Christopher Radko ornaments, which are a little more expensive. The Greenwoods have cases of ornaments in their collection, and several trees. But what if you want to see the ornaments in the back of the tree? Well, they just turn on tree rotation.

“But wait, there’s more!” Jane said

“A whole lot more, look!” her husband Don exclaimed.

Yes, in downtown Gladewater next to the tracks is Greenwoods, where you can find nearly any ornament that comes to mind like lions and tigers and bears and the sun, the moon and even Jupiter. Don Greenwood tries to think of everything.

“Whatever your heart desires, I probably got an ornament for it,” Don smiled.

He says some people come in to try to stump him. One customer asked for an unusual one.

“Pine cone, like a snowman, and with a coon skin hat on, and I go okay, and I had one and I gave it to him and his wife says you’re going to buy that,” Don said.

Greenwoods is open all year, and the Greenwoods' hand-painted ornaments, which many consider art, stay up year-round at their house.

“You don’t buy a painting to hang up for a month out of the year,” Don stated.

Greenwoods is located at 111 East Pacific Avenue next to the tracks in downtown Gladewater. They are closed Sunday and Monday.

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