Pretzel Christmas Ornament from Merck Family's Old World Christmas Pretzel ornament is 3 in width to top of crown. Looks like a golden brown pretzel with salted top. Crown is gold color with trademark heart shaped metal tag. The Pretzel: Sixth-century Italian monks gave pretzels to children as rewards for attending church. The pretzel''s twists signify arms crossed in prayer. Pretzels are believed to bring good luck, prosperity, and spiritual wholeness. This beautiful glass Pretzel ornament was carefully mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold. Then a hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Finally, it was delicately hand-painted and glittered for you to enjoy and cherish as a holiday heirloom!