As I get ready to decorate my Christmas tree this coming weekend, I’m getting my decorations lined up including all my new Hallmark ornaments. Back in 2016, I posted about my love of these Christmas ornaments and that I’ve been a collector since they were first introduced in the early 1970s. My collection continues to grow even though this year I thought I could trim it back a bit. That is, until the 2020 Hallmark Wish Book came out and… dang it, Hallmark!!!
I remember I spent an entire afternoon looking over the wish book online and making my list. At first, I thought I would just add to the collections I already had, like Puppy Love or Mary’s Angels but yeah, that didn’t happen. I ended up adding a total of 16 ornaments to my wish list that day plus adding a few to a reserve list. What I’ve always discovered is that you have to see these ornaments in person sometimes because photos don’t do them justice. So, when I picked my ornaments up at the Hallmark Premiere in July, I fell in love with several more. (Uh-oh)
A couple of my additions this year, had to so with some events that happened (or didn’t) in 2020. The birth of our first granddaughter means I got to buy several Baby’s First Christmas ornaments. Sometimes its hard to pick just one so I went for two. Then again, there’s a third one I have my eye on so hold me back! I also found a beautiful Eiffel Tower ornament and a Compass that’s inscribed “Life’s Next Journey is the Scenic Route.” This was to commemorate our cancelled Paris/France trip and also the fact that Eddie and I are now retired and ready to hit the road and travel.
Hallmark is great at keeping up with movies and tv shows that we all love and creating ornaments. I added another National Lampoon Christmas Vacation ornament – Clark with the chainsaw. Little did I know how appropriate this one would be with my husband having a run in with a chainsaw last month! There’s also another Elf ornament and new this year is the couch from the Friends tv show. I can’t wait for more of those! They also premiered a Golden Girls Rose Nylund ornament. I’ve been getting back into that show lately on Hallmark channel so this was timely.
But wait! There’s more! (Dang it again, Hallmark!) Like I said, I went back by my local Hallmark store for another holiday event and ended up buying a few of those ornaments on my reserve list. I’ve done a lot of birdwatching and photographing this year so the Bluebird ornament along with the Bird Ornaments in the Box were a must have. And the Star Wars Wookie with Princess Leia ornament, well, that one just made me smile and cry at the same time.
My collection has grown so large that it may be time to divide everything up and share with my children. I mean, that has always been my intent with these ornaments. I want my children to create their own special memories with these Hallmark ornaments from their childhood and especially with the ones that bring them the most joy.