Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments – Barbie Collection – A Memoir

Ever since I can remember my entire family has always had a Christmas tree that is filled with Hallmark ornaments.  The tree was always special because of the variety of ornaments and each meant something special to someone in my family.  I had two brothers and two sisters so Christmas was always exciting for the family.   As part of our tradition, we would always get the daughter and son ornaments as well as the an ornament from a series that was our own collection.  My collection is the Barbie Hallmark ornament series.

Each year, I look forward to seeing what the new ornament will be there are always favorites and each year you compare it to the last.  The ornaments from Hallmark are a tradition in my family and is a tradition that will be carried on with my family of my own someday and I can’t wait to put my new barbie ornament on the tree this year.

Barbie Debut 1994
Barbie Debut 1994

One of my favorites is the first ornament in the series.  This classic Barbie dressed in her black and white striped swimsuit was released in 1994 and became the first of many in the collection.  This was one of my first ornaments that I was given.

I remember hanging her up for the first time – her golden hair shined underneath the yellow lights.  I put her next to my brother’s Babe Ruth ornament.   I loved her so much that the next year, I asked for her brunette sister.

Holiday Barbie 2000

Holiday Barbie 2000

My second favorite Barbie ornament I got a few years later in 2000.  She was dressed in a flowing metallic silver dress that gleamed in the Christmas lights.  Her blonde hair was soft and I’d always brush it perfectly before I hung her up.  My younger sister was always so jealous of this ornament and I’d always catch her playing with it on Christmas Eve.

My memories of Hallmark’s Christmas Barbie ornaments will always have a treasured spot in my heart.  The entire series brought me so much happiness each year.  I can’t wait till I have daughters of my own and I can pass these keepsakes on to them and tell them stories about each of them.  I can only hope that they will take as much joy in hanging each one carefully on the tree as I did when I was a little girl.

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Preview of 2011 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

Welcome to The Ornament Factory’s new blog! We thought we’d start things off by giving you a sneak peak of the outstanding line-up of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments coming out in 2011, based on the recently released 2011 Hallmark Dreambook. New editions for many of the top Christmas ornament series will be available once again!

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament, Star Wars Series

Jedi Master Yoda, the 2011 edition of the Hallmark Ornament Star Wars™ Series

Jedi Master Yoda is the 15th in the Star Wars™ ornament series, and the 2011 edition will include some of Yoda’s great words of wisdom.  You can also choose from Showdown at the Cantina, featuring Han Solo and Greedo, and Slave I, Boba Fett’s famed patrol and attack craft. All three of these ornaments are battery operated.

The Star Trek™ ornament series from Hallmark is another highly anticipated series that may be at the top of your Christmas ornament list for this year. Ornaments in this series will include Spock and Dr. McCoy in the famous “Mirror, Mirror” episode, the Romulan Bird-of-Prey™, and Spock™, the second in the Star Trek Legends ornament series.

If you’re a fan of John Deere, you won’t want to miss the John Deere 4020 Diesel Tractor ornament, featuring wheels that actually turn! Other favorite Hallmark Keepsakes include:

Hallmark Ornaments for 2011, Frosty Friends Series

Frosty Friends, 32nd in a series from Hallmark

  • Popular TV characters from PEANUTS, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes
  • Superheroes like Batman™, Spider-Man™ and Thor™
  • Popular movies, such as Wizard of OzPirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, Harry Potter and Tangled
  • A wide variety of Barbie™ Christmas ornaments
  • And don’t forget, Hallmark’s Frosty Friends series, the LONGEST running Hallmark ornament series, with #32 being released in 2011.

Last but not least, we’re excited to announce that Hallmark will be unveiling FOUR NEW ornament series this year, including the 12 Days of Christmas, Once Upon a Christmas, Angels Around the World and Up.

With so many ideas to decorate your Christmas tree this season, be sure to start your shopping early! Don’t let your favorite Hallmark ornaments slip away!

2011 John Deere Tractor Christmas ornament

Hallmark's 2011 John Deere Tractor Ornament