Following the end of World War II, teenager Helmut Krebs and his mother Erica were forced out of their lifelong home in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, and relocated to a refugee camp in Muehldorf, Bavaria. While there, Helmut and Erica attended a tradeshow hoping to sell paper houses they had made and decorated with glitter. They sold none, however the man in the booth next to theirs had seven orders for glass ornaments. Thinking this was not worth his time, he gave the orders to Helmut and Erica who had no experience in glass ornaments. The Krebs then reached out to their fellow refugee tradesman and were able to organize the production and delivery of those seven orders, and the Krebs and Son ornament factory was born.
In 1971, the decision was made to open a factory in the United States due to the U.S. being a very large market for the Krebs family. Helmut’s son Eberhard moved from Bavaria to the U.S. to start a production factory in Sanford, Florida. Problems arose due to the high humidity levels in Florida, so the Krebs moved production and warehousing to the dry arid climate of Roswell, New Mexico. The New Mexico factory is the cornerstone of the Krebs corporation today.
The family tradition continues to thrive today under the leadership of Eberhard’s sons Walter and Thomas Krebs. They continue to uphold the highest standards of craftsmanship and a strong commitment to quality and design. Christmas by Krebs has since expanded into Shatterproof Ornaments, opening a factory in Juarez, Mexico. With the addition of the factory in Mexico, Christmas by Krebs is the largest producer of Seasonal ornaments in North America. The company also operates a sales division in Lauscha, Germany to service the European market and stay connected with their family heritage.