On one level, it made sense: for as long as there have been Christmas trees in the US, food has been placed, strung, or hung in various decorative contortions amongst the branches. The modern Christmas tree is rooted in traditions brought over by German immigrants in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. It was decorated with nuts, dates, and, a bit later, candy canes, another German import. But lately, food-themed ornaments have entered a hyperrealism period that feels distinctly 21st century. This blue cheese ornament is practically pungent and these hanging mushrooms appear foraged from the depths of the forest.