Christmas can be a thoroughly traditionalist holiday, so it’s nice to have the option to inject some LGBTQ+ pride into the occasion.
Getting some LGBTQ+ ornaments for your tree is a small but meaningful touch that can help you establish a sense of ownership and belonging.
Read on to find out why these ornaments can be so powerful, and where you can buy them!
What’s So Important About LGBTQ+ Christmas Ornaments?
Why are LGBTQ+ Christmas ornaments so important? It’s just decoration, right? Does it really have to have any significance? Here’s why even something as simple as a bauble can be very meaningful to someone from the LGBTQ+ community.
Creating A Sense Of Belonging For Yourself
For those who are part of the LGBTQ+ Community, having or owning LGBTQ+ Christmas ornaments can create a sense of reclaiming the holidays for themselves. To some, it can be a symbol of celebrating one’s pride, and to others, it can be a reminder of their identity and community.
The holidays can be a tough reminder for people in the LGBTQ+ community who come from homophobic or transphobic households, especially if they’re distant with or cut off from their family members. It may seem like a small thing, but an ornament can provide a sense of comfort.
Being An Ally To Your LGBTQ+ Loved Ones
For allies of the community, having or gifting LGBTQ+ ornaments could be a way of showing your support. For example, parents who have a transgender child can show their acceptance and love through ornaments that have the colors of the trans flag.
It may seem like a small gesture, but it’s a step closer to showing how much you support your loved ones who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. And after all, the holidays are all about showing your appreciation for the people that you love, so why not start there?
Buying vs Doing It Yourself
There are different ways of acquiring LGBTQ+ Christmas ornaments. Depending on your situation, you might prefer to buy it online, shop local, or DIY it.
Amazon has a huge selection of decorations and ornaments that are mass produced, so you can get them quicker and cheaper. Another option is Etsy, which will have products that have a more personable feel to them, with most of the ornaments being made by an individual or very small businesses.
If you’re looking to visit or drive by Florida, then St. Nick’s Holiday Shoppe in Mount Dora may just be the store you need when buying your Christmas ornaments! Located at 331 N. Donnelly Street in Mount Dora, Florida, this place offers a wide selection of Christmas ornaments and decorations; ranging from wreaths, to Christmas trees, to even garden decor.
They even have an entire section that is solely dedicated to LGBTQ+ ornaments, so you won’t go scouring countless aisles to find what you need! If you have any questions about the store (such as their availability of said LGBTQ+ Christmas ornaments) St. Nick’s can be contacted through their Facebook page or through email.
You can also check out our holiday shopping list for other LGBTQ-friendly places to shop this holiday season.
Do It Yourself!
Don’t exactly have the money to buy ornaments? As long as you have the materials, the patience, and a little bit of artistic talent, then you can make ornaments yourself! There are plenty of ideas that can be found on Google or Pinterest that won’t be too hard on the wallet.
The thing about making these decorations yourself is that it adds a touch of your own personality to the ornament, so it’s extra meaningful if you use it at home or if you give it to someone as a gift. Making your own LGBTQ+ ornaments could also be a perfect opportunity to bond with your LGBTQ+ family and share an activity with a loved one who’s part of the community.
Going DIY also gives you creative control in how you want these ornaments to look. The possibilities are truly endless as long as you have the creativity for it!
The holidays can be a difficult time for queer people, and while it’s not a requirement to own LGBTQ+ ornaments, they’re a great way to support yourself and the gay community. So whether you’re spending Christmas on your lonesome, with some friends, or with your family, why not spread some of that pride through a bauble or two?
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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.