The first time I carved a Christmas ornament and brought it to show some fellow carvers, I was told that ornaments were only carved on one side. Obviously, I disagree! All of my ornaments have a front and back, if a snowwoman is wearing an apron, it needs to be tied with a bow in the back; if a gingerbread boy is wearing a vest and a cap, the back needs to show what it would look like from that side; if the ornament is a stocking or mitten, the design on them is a shallow relief carving which is different on the two sides; etc.
I call most of my ornaments cookie cutter ornaments. I start with approximately inch thick basswood (most of the time), draw an outline that looks like a cookie cutter, cut it out and begin relief carving both sides. Although some of my ornaments are smaller, most of them tend to be four to six inches tall. Some will stand on their own (I’ll note which ones in their descriptions and sizes) and all come with a small eyehook on top for hanging and a hanging hook.
These pieces don’t come with individual stories, though some have legends/traditions associated with them. All, however, are designed to evoke thoughts of the holiday.