It’s A Charlie Brown Christmas!

Spread Christmas cheer with the Peanuts Gang. A staple of Christmas celebrations for decades, these treasured and timeless characters are perfect keepsakes to spread glad tidings to your loved ones throughout the holiday season. At The Ornament Factory, we have something for every Peanuts fan with every type of tree. From vintage Peanuts keepsakes to 2014 keepsakes, let the charm and optimism of these Hallmark keepsake ornaments add a touch of delight to your holiday décor. Sure to be enjoyed for generations to come by old and new fans alike, the Peanuts gang will shine brightly on any Christmas tree.

Charlie Brown

Browse our selection at http://www.hallmarkornaments.com/hallmark-ornaments-by-series/peanuts?page=1 to find collectible keepsake ornaments featuring Snoopy, Charlie, Linus and the Peanuts gang. For a festive touch that will delight children and adults alike, celebrate the season with this cherished group of friends available in keepsake ornaments. Shop at The Ornament Factory today for the best selection at great prices!

A Christmas Story

Eagerly waiting for Christmas morning?  So is Ralphie, one of the lead characters from the beloved holiday movie, A Christmas Story.  A family tradition since 1983, unofficial Hallmark keepsake ornaments to accompany the movie, A Christmas Story were first released in 2006, and remain very popular to this day among collectors and movie fans alike.

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Perhaps best known for the tagline, “You’ll shoot yer eye out”, our collection of A Christmas Story ornaments include a number of Leg Lamp ornaments, as well as ornaments that highlight classic moments from the film.  These ornaments, like the movie, are sure to be memorable additions to your holiday celebrations and prominent ornaments on your tree.

Can’t decide which one?  Oh…fudge!  With our great prices and fast delivery, who says you can’t have them all?  Shop online with The Ornament Factory at http://www.hallmarkornaments.com/hallmark-ornaments-by-series/a-christmas-story and add these timeless ornaments to your Christmas story, today!

 

Frozen Keepsake Ornaments

Did someone say it’s getting cold outside?  We think it’s getting frozen!  At The Ornament Factory, we have Elsa and Olaf ornaments from the movie that warmed the hearts of all, Disney’s animated classic, Frozen.  A Hallmark Gold Crown Exclusive, the Elsa and Olaf ornaments are available in limited quantities from The Ornament Factory.

hallmark_2014_queen_elsa_frozen-228x228Elsa is new to the family of Disney princesses, hosting a secret power to transform any setting into a winter wonderland.  Elsa is perfect addition to your tree and keepsake collection.  The Elsa ornament is available at:  http://www.hallmarkornaments.com/2014-queen-elsa-disneys-frozen-limited-edition-avail-nov

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Also available as a keepsake ornament, Olaf the Snowman (http://www.hallmarkornaments.com/2014-olaf-disneys-frozen), who was created by Elsa’s magical powers and is sure to delight each onlooker as he gleefully hangs on your tree this Holiday season.

Make your tree a magical place to be with keepsake ornaments from The Ornament Factory.  For extra magic and cheer to last year after year, shop online with us!

Star Wars Ornaments

Be a part of the action with the 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Star Wars ornament collection, sold right here at The Ornament Factory. Popular among Star Wars lovers and Hallmark collectors alike, the Hallmark Star Wars ornaments are annual favorites, first introduced in 1997. Each year, Hallmark offers a variety of Star Wars ornaments, including official characters from the series and “unofficial” ornaments featuring favorite characters and ships from the space inspired phenomenon.

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At The Ornament Factory, you will find new 2014 Star Wars ornaments, showcasing the galactic franchise and some of the iconic characters, and vehicles from the classic scenes in the movie. You can always count on finding a favorite Star Wars ornament at The Ornament Factory. We’ve combined adventure and excitement to bring you ornaments from your favorite Star Wars movie moments. Shop online today at http://www.hallmarkornaments.com/hallmark-ornaments-by-series/star-wars to find just the Star Wars ornament ready to take on any mission. The force is with us!

Which Star Wars™ Characters Can I Find as Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments?

This year, with the unveiling of the 2012 Hallmark ornaments continues a long-standing tradition — the Star Wars™ Hallmark ornaments series with collectible Star Wars™ Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments.

Millennium Falcon

Hallmark® Cards, Inc. has an exclusive contract with Lucas Film, LTD for the production of Christmas ornaments depicting Star Wars™ characters and vehicles. They have been making Star Wars™ Hallmark ornaments beginning with the release of the 1996 Millennium Falcon, and some of their creations have become classics with Star Wars enthusiasts. Early favorites like the At-At, X-Wing Starfighter, and TIE Fighters from Star Wars™ are now rare and collectible, though they are still obtainable through ornament dealers, such as The Ornament Factory, in limited quantities.

2002 Death Star Hallmark Ornament

Other iconic Star Wars™ vehicles and structures have appeared through the years, such as the 2002 Death Star, and the 2004 Star Destroyer – which were also made available together, on a smaller scale, with the release of the 2008 Death Star and Star Destroyer miniature ornament set. These will always be huge favorites and are still available today.

R2-D2 Star Wars Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

C-3PO and R2-D2 were issued as a set of miniature Hallmark ornaments in 1997. Full sized versions of these two iconic droids were released in later years, first with the release of the 2001 R2-D2 (which is #5 in the official Star Wars Hallmark ornament series), followed by the production of the 2003 C-3PO (#7 in the series). They are still available and continue to enjoy a position of prominence in the collection.

1997 Darth Vadrer Hallmark Ornament

Hallmark didn’t just produce ornaments for the heroes of the Star Wars trilogy … they also made some extremely popular ornaments that features some of the “scum and villainy” from the Star Wars Universe. Of course, the first evil Star Wars character featured in a Hallmark Keepsake ornament was released in 1997, and was no other than Darth Vader. This ornament not only had Darth Vader standing on a lighted platform in the Carbon Freeze room of Cloud City with his light saber glowing in his hand, ready to face young Jedi, Luke Skywalker, but it also delivers this intimidating message “The force is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet!”  Darth Vader was followed the next year by the Bounty Hunter, Boba Fett, who has become a cult hero of many Star Wars fans. Other bad guys have popped up from time to time, such as Darth Maul and the Imperial Stormtrooper in 2000, Darth Vader in 2002, and a Clone Trooper Lieutenant in 2005. The 2000 Darth Maul ornament has the Sith apprentice depicted in a pose, wielding his red, double bladed lightsaber, from his battle with young Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in the Threed hanger on planet Naboo. The 2002 Darth Vader ornament (#6 in the Star Wars Hallmark Ornament series) has the Dark Lord of the Sith with light saber drawn, prepared for his battle with Luke Skywalker. A big moment came in 2005, when Darth Vader made a second appearance. Press a button and he says the famous words, “Luke, I am your father!”

Oddly enough, Han Solo and Chewbacca were not some of the first Star Wars™ characters issued. This omission was corrected in 1999 with the introduction of the Han Solo and Chewbacca Christmas ornaments. These became immediate fan favorites. In fact, these two characters have been so popular with fans that there has been two additional Han Solo ornaments released since the original ornament was released in 1999 (2009 Han Solo in Imperial Stormtrooper armor, and 2012 Han Solo to the Rescue), and an additional Chewbacca ornament released in 2004 (2004 Chewbacca and C-3P0).

1997 Yoda Hallmark Ornament

As the Star Wars™ saga went on, so did their ornament collection. Other notable favorites are the 1997 Yoda, 2004 Anakin Skywalker, and 2007 R2-D2 and Jawa. However, some of the most popular and collectible Star Wars Hallmark ornaments were only sold in limited quantity, such as the 2007 Tusken Raider, 2008 Emperor’s Royal Guard (you know, the guys wearing all red that protected the Emperor), and the 2009 Greedo ornament. Still, there were some even more difficult to find, and highly collectible Star Wars ornaments that were never even in a Hallmark Gold Crown store! These ornaments are released in extremely limited numbers, and are only available at special events, such as the San Diego Comic Convention (San Diego ComicCon, or SDCC), or at the Star Wars Celebration events. Some of these rare and valuable  ornaments include the 2009 Shock Trooper and Shadow Trooper set, which sells for over $500 today, the 2010 K-3PO and R-3PO set, and the latest of these very popular ornament sets, the 2012 Obi Wan Kenobi and Ponda Baba set, which was exclusively available at the Star Wars Celebration VI event, which features the scene from Chalmun’s Cantina on Tatooine where Obi-Wan uses his lightsaber to cut off Ponda’s arm. The best part is – the severed arm is actually a third ornament in this set!

Of course, Hallmark has continued with this great tradition of producing numerous Star Wars ornaments this year. The 2012 Hallmark ornaments include a Darth Vader “Peekbuster” ornament, which has the Dark Lord wearing a Santa hat and speaking dire warnings to those who would peek at their Christmas presents. Momaw Nadon, who was last seen in the Cantina on Tatooine, was released as a limited quantity ornament. Sith Apprentice Darth Maul is ready for action this year, posed for battle with his unique lightsaber. The vehicle for 2012 is the TIE Interceptor – a variation of the TIE Fighter, as seen in Star Wars – Return of the Jedi. The evil General Grievous (#16 in the Hallmark Star Wars ornament series) finally makes an appearance, rounding out the ornament selection.

2012 General Grievous Hallmark Ornament

To secure your 2012 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments (or any other ornaments that you may have missed from prior years) for your Christmas tree this holiday season, be sure to go to The Ornament Factory or by calling The Ornament Factory at 1-888-740-6970. May the Force be with you – and Happy Collecting!

The Barbie Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Series Comes to an End

As I am sure many collectors have heard by now, the licensing agreement between Mattel and Hallmark expires at the end of 2012, and so many popular Hallmark Ornament series, such as Barbie, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, and G.I. Joe will come to an end this year. We have spoken to quite a few Barbie ornament collectors, and needless to say, they are very disappointed. However, I don’t believe that the true impact of this news will be felt until the 2013 Dream Book is released and collectors see the gaping hole left in the 2013 Hallmark ornament collection by the absence of Barbie. Although many of the Mattel ornaments have been very popular over the years, especially the Fisher Price ornaments, which began with the 2007 Play Family Farm and 2007 See N Say ornaments, the ornaments that will be missed most by Hallmark ornament collectors will the long running Barbie Hallmark ornament series. In fact, since 1993, Hallmark has produced over 200 different Barbie ornaments!

1993 Holiday Barbie #1

The Barbie Hallmark Ornaments began back in 1993 with the release of Holiday Barbie #1. Even today, this is a very popular ornament with collectors, and has held its value better than any of the other Holiday Barbie ornaments. With her beautiful red gown and flowing blonde hair, it’s no wonder that this Barbie ornament has remained so popular with collectors for so long. The Holiday Barbie Hallmark Ornament series ran from 1993 through 1998, ending with 1988 Holiday Barbie #6. Although the Holiday Barbie series officially ended in 1998, Hallmark then released the 1999 Millennium Princess Barbie ornament, which seemed to compliment the series, and then started the Celebration Barbie series in 2000. Many collectors feel as though the Celebration Barbie series is just a continuation of the Holiday Barbie series since the style of these Barbie ornaments so closely mirror each other. Unfortunately, the Celebration Barbie Hallmark Ornament series will end this year with 2012 Celebration Barbie #13, which will be released during the October 2012 Hallmark Ornament Debut event on October 7th. Many collectors feel as though the 2012 Celebration Barbie will be the crown jewel of the Celebration Barbie series, as Barbie looks absolutely amazing in her long, flowing crimson dress with white fur on the shoulders, long, white gloves, and beautiful blonde hair. There is already a huge demand and waiting list for this ornament, and we anticipate that this ornament will skyrocket in value, possibly even before the end of the 2012 holiday season, and is already one of the most popular 2012 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, even though it has yet to be released.

1994 Barbie #1

Of course, there have been numerous other, and very popular, Barbie Hallmark ornament series that have been produced over the years.   The “official” Barbie ornament series began in 1994 with Barbie Debut, which featured a blonde Barbie in a one piece, black and white stripped swim suit. In 1995, Hallmark also released a club exclusive version of the 1994 Barbie #1 ornament, except this time, Barbie was a brunette. The Barbie Hallmark Ornament series, which is the longest running Barbie ornament series produced by Hallmark, has also continued through 2012, and will come to a conclusion with the 2012 Matinee Fashion Barbie, #19 in the series. Hallmark was also producing several other lines of Barbie ornaments that have been well embraced by Barbie ornament collectors over the years, including the Barbie Fashion Model collection. Anther line that has picked up popularity in recent years has been the Barbie ornaments produced for the current “Barbie movie”, which has especially caught on with younger Barbie ornament collectors.

2003 Barbie Club Ornament

The most popular series of Barbie ornaments with collectors has been the very limited Barbie Club Ornament series. All of these Barbie ornaments are made of porcelain, and are exclusively available to Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Collectors Club members since 2000. These Hallmark Barbie ornaments are beautifully sculpted, and have many more fine details than the regular issue Barbie ornaments. Not only are these Hallmark Keepsakes made of porcelain, but many of them also have real fabric accents and some of the most exquisite dresses that you’ll find on a Barbie ornament. Over the years, due to the high popularity of these club exclusive ornaments, many of these pieces have become increasingly difficult to find, and so the prices on many of these ornaments continues to sky rocket.

2012 Celebration Barbie #13

Manyy avid and loyal Hallmark ornament collectors are very disappointed to see the Barbie ornament series come to an end, especially so suddenly. Hopefully, at some point in the future, Hallmark and Mattel may be able to work out some sort of deal that would allow Hallmark to continue producing ornaments, if not with all of Mattel’s properties, then maybe only Barbie ornaments. I am anticipating quite an uproar from Hallmark Ornament collectors at some point in the future. Maybe not this year, but when the 2013 Dream Book seems to be missing a couple pages of 2013 Hallmark Ornaments that would normally be filled with the latest Barbie treasures and additions for their Christmas trees, I would anticipate quite a few letters and phone calls will be made by all of those that will feel that part of Christmas is missing. Here is hoping that something can be done in the near future to bring Barbie back to our Christmas trees with only the quality that Hallmark can provide. Until then, next year may be a good time to fill in any missing pieces that you may have in your Barbie collection. Here is a link to all of the Barbie ornaments that are available at The Ornament Factory (www.hallmarkornaments.com).

Until next time, happy collecting!

2013 Star Trek Hallmark Ornaments Preview – Sneak Peak!

During the 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Hallmark gave a sneak peek of three new Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments that will be released in 2013. Among the three Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments previewed, it is pretty safe to say that the most anticipated ornament will be the Star Trek Legends #4 ornament, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, as Star Trek Hallmark ornament collectors have been almost begging Hallmark for years to recognize the miracle worker of the NCC-1701. So, with no further a due, here is the sneak peak of the 2013 Hallmark Star Trek ornaments.

Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott – Scotty, sporting his red uniform from The Original Star Trek Series, will be #4 in the Star Trek Legends Hallmark ornament series.

Arena – The Gorn captain and Captain Kirk battle it out in this upcoming ornament that also features the epic sound and music from their iconic TOS battle scene.

U.S.S. Kelvin – The doomed starship from the 2009 feature film, Star Trek, was captained Lieutenant Commander George Kirk (James T. Kirk’s father) during her last moments before being destroyed by Romulans from the future. It will become the newest addition to the unofficial Star Trek ships Hallmark Ornament series. The ornament will have battery-powered lights, just as most of the other recent Star Trek ships.

In July 2013, if you are interested in purchasing these ornaments, they will be available at www.hallmarkornaments.com. If you are interested in buying any of the 2012 Hallmark Star Trek ornaments, or any of the other Hallmark ornaments from the Star Trek series, be sure to go to http://www.hallmarkornaments.com/hallmark-ornaments-by-series/star-trek for the best selection and some of the lowest prices online.

Hallmark Ornaments Make Their Debut for 2012

A Christmas tree is an iconic part of the holidays, and many families delight in passing ornaments down from one generation to the next while creating memories together with these special collectibles.  For many, ornament collecting is an integral part of the Christmas celebration, and Hallmark ornaments are some of the best-known and most coveted collectible ornaments available.

Each year, new Hallmark ornaments are released for a limited time; once they’re gone, these collectibles are no longer produced.  Ornaments become available in July and many newly-released collectibles are part of a series continued from previous years.  This allows avid collectors to obtain all of the parts of a single series if they wish.

The 2012 Hallmark ornaments include new additions to existing series as well as brand-new ornaments on a variety of themes.  There are 50 ornaments altogether in the 2012 Hallmark ornament collection.  Among them are several rare collector’s editions with a limited release, including the commemorative Kansas City event Hallmark ornament and  the specialty San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) Hallmark ornament.

Hallmark ornament collectors will appreciate the wide variety of ornaments available.  Themes range from pop culture icons like Tom and Jerry, Tinkerbell, Iron Man, and Captain America to classical designs like peace doves, snowflakes, and angel messengers.  Other ornaments include animal-based designs, themed ornaments based on age, career or family status, and photo frame ornaments.

The prices for the 2012 Hallmark ornaments vary and some are rarer than others.  The priciest ornament on the 2012 Hallmark ornament list thus far is the San Diego Comic Convention 4-LOM and Zuckuss Star Wars Hallmark ornament; a very rare ornament that was limited to only 1,000 units produced!   Prices vary depending on rarity, with special event and limited edition Hallmark ornaments costing the most.

Whether a collector simply wants to add a single Hallmark ornament each year or plans to purchase an entire set of Hallmark ornaments, there’s a wide selection of ornaments available to appeal to people of all tastes.  A wide collection of themes ensure that collectors will find something of interest to them, and there are ornaments at multiple price points to ensure that no collector is unable to participate.

To view the exciting new line of 2012 Hallmark Ornaments, get hooked on The Ornament Factory today by clicking here (www.hallmarkornaments.com) or calling 1-888-740-6970!

Note: We are a secondary market dealer of Hallmark® Ornaments. We are NOT affiliated with Hallmark Cards, Inc. 2012 Hallmark Ornaments will NOT be available until after the 2012 Hallmark Ornament Debut, July 14-15, 2012!

You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!

While you probably didn’t find yourself sporting pink bunny pajamas on Christmas morning, we can still appreciate Aunt Clara’s effort to turn Ralphie into a Christmas morning Easter bunny in the 1983 American holiday classic, A Christmas Story.

Where else than from this legendary film could we have learned that one’s tongue can actually freeze to a flagpole? Or that it might be extremely offensive to substitute “l’s” with “r’s” when replicating an Asian accent? If anything, we know now that all it takes is the ultimate “triple dog dare” from a couple scheming friends and you might just shoot your eye out.

Only 40 minutes from our location (OK, 30 for those of us who are considered a “lead foot”) stands the legendary home where the Old Man’s awarded lamp, shaped like a woman’s leg wearing a fishnet stocking, shines in the front window for all its visitors. That’s why we here at The Ornament Factory think it would be swell to provide you with a little piece of the action for your very own home from our A Christmas Story Hallmark ornament collection.

Remember when we learned that saying, “ Oh…fudge” sometimes just doesn’t get the point across as … nicely as we’d like? Well, we captured Ralphie’s very own slip of the tongue, too. Since 2006, we’ve been selling these special Hallmark ornaments like the well known leg-shaped lamp you see to your right, and of course our ornament featuring Ralphie’s ridiculous pink bunny suit, seen below.

Hanging on your already beautifully decorated Christmas tree, these ornaments add just an extra pinch of life and daily chuckles as you share these scenes with generations after you and those still to come. The legendary leg lamp is “A Major Award” anyway, right? It just makes sense to have a little piece of the prize on your own tree.

As the 2011 holiday season comes to an end, remember that your tree could always use some new garnishing in years to come, so go ahead and treat yourself with a classic holiday Hallmark ornament that’s bound to get your family and friends talking, remembering and laughing … we triple dog dare ya!

Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for new deals and promotions on all of our special Hallmark ornament collections. From our family to yours, have a happy and healthy new year!

Peanuts Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Collection

Peanuts, a beloved American comic strip, written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, ran for fifty years in the daily and Sunday newspapers. The strip is considered to be one of the most popular in the history of the medium, with over 17,000 strips published. It has been described as “the most shining example of the American success story in the comic strip field,” based on the theme of “the great American un-success story.” The main character, Charlie Brown is portrayed as nervous and lacking self-confidence–being unable to fly a kite, win a baseball game or kick a football.

Peanuts has seen considerable success for its television specials–A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. As a child, it was a tradition to decorate our home for the holidays while these specials were on in the background. We enjoyed listening to the sweet young voices of the Peanuts gang, while hanging ornaments and tinsel on the tree.

Our huge selection of Hallmark Ornaments includes pieces from 1977-2011. You’re bound to find your favorite scenes and characters from the classic comic strip that we hold dearly in our hearts. The following ornaments are a few of our new and old favorites from over the years.

2011 Ho! Ho! Ho! Tasty Snow Peanuts Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

One of our favorite 2011 ornaments is a classic Peanuts Gang moment as Charlie Brown and Linus stick out their tongues to taste falling snow flakes, as Lucy sits back and makes sure they get their fill. This catches a great scene of our favorite characters in the winter season.

The leader of the pack and most recognized character, Snoopy, is featured wearing his red Santa hat, with Woodstock, racing down the hill on his inner tube sled. The sled is decorated with racing flames and dated 2011 on the front. This miniature Hallmark Ornament is a complement to the Winter Fun with Snoopy miniature ornament series.

These ornaments are great additions to your tree if you’re planning on a Peanuts theme this holiday season. Get prepared early for the holidays by previewing our entire collection on the website. We guarantee you’ll find a beautiful piece that will create many more memories for your family to enjoy.

2011 Winter Fun With Snoopy, Register to Win Colorway, Miniature Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

2011 Winter Fun With Snoopy, Register to Win Colorway, Miniature Hallmark Keepsake Ornament