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 2012 Star Trek Hallmark Ornaments

We know that the 2011 ornament JUST came out, but we thought we’d give you a sneak peak of what is to come for 2012 just for fun! Every year at the San Diego Comic Convention (San Diego ComicCon, or SDCC), it has become a tradition to unveil the Star Trek Hallmark ornaments for the next year, and so now we are going to share what we learned with you.

2012 Dr. McCoy Hallmark Ornament

2012 Dr. McCoy Hallmark Ornament, #3 in the Star Trek Legends series.

Dr. McCoy is the 3rd in the Star Trek™ Legends ornament series, and the 2012 edition will have a very detailed Dr. McCoy holding a test tube and some medical equipment. As you can see just by glancing at the 2012 ornament, it will have a lot more detail than the original Dr. McCoy Hallmark ornament that was released back in 1997. The 2012 ornament will also feature Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in sick bay, where most Trekkies were accustomed to seeing him perform medical miracles, rather than in a one-person transporter chamber. Needless to say, we feel that the 2012 ornament is definitely an upgrade from the ornament released back in 1997. Way to go Hallmark!

2012 Spocks Hallmark Ornament

2012 Spocks Hallmark Ornament; a scene from Star Trek 2009

The second 2012 Star Trek™ Hallmark ornament features Spock™ and … Spock™! This ornament depicts a scene from the 2009 Star Trek feature film, where the Spocks from the two different realities met at the end of the movie. This was definitely a classic moment in Star Trek “lore”, where the past and the present came together; where the torch was passed from one generation to the next. This ornament will feature dialogue from that scene.

Enterprise D 2012 Hallmark Ornament

U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D 2012 Hallmark Ornament

Last but not least, we’re excited to share the new Star Trek lighted ship ornament for 2012, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, from Star Trek, The Next Generation. Unlike the original Enterprise D Hallmark Ornament that was released in 1993, this ornament will be powered by batteries instead of by a miniature light string. This Enterprise is very similar to the 2006 Enterprise Hallmark ornament. It will sit upon a base and will be easily displayed in two different ways – either on a Christmas tree or on a table top. The 2012 Enterprise D ornament is being released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Of course, no one has these ornaments for sale right now, but The Ornament Factory will have them available … in July of 2012.

For THIS year’s Christmas tree, you can add 3 new Star Trek Hallmark Ornaments, Mr. Spock (#2 in the Star Trek Legends series), Mirror, Mirror (which features an evil Spock mind-melding with Dr. McCoy), and a 23rd-century Romulan Bird-of-Prey.

2011 Hallmark Ornament Spock

2011 Hallmark Ornament Spock

Harry Potter Hallmark Ornament Series

Expelliarmus!

 

The Golden Snitch Hallmark OrnamentThe Golden Snitch

Have no fear Harry Potter fans – Hallmark has been working it’s magic to bring you an exciting series of Harry Potter Ornaments!

  This Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Series is based on the beloved magical world of Harry Potter. The long awaited 2011 Harry Potter ornaments will feature a scene from the final movie in the series, as well as a limited quantity ornament, The Golden Snitch. The 2011 Golden Snitch ornament was produced in VERY limited quantities, and sold out at Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide in a matter of minutes during the 2011 Hallmark Ornament Premiere Event. If you were fortunate to get one from your local Hallmark store, you were one of the lucky few! 

Fleeing the Fiendfyre

Fleeing the Fiendfyre

“Fleeing the Fiendfyre” features the trio of best friends (Harry, Hermione and Ronald, of course!) in a scene in which they quickly fleeing on their brooms from a burst of fire. This ornament is sure to delight, as it will most definitely add some color to any tree!

This ornament will be available on opening day of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on July 15th!

Dobby the elf is featured in the 2010 edition of the series. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry tricks Lucius Malfoy into presenting his servant Dobby with a dirty sock.

Gift for Dobby - 2010 Harry Potter Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

Gift for Dobby - 2010 Harry Potter Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

With that simple act, Harry not only secures Dobby’s freedom but also the house-elf’s lifelong devotion.  Since that scene, Dobby has not only become quite popular with Harry Potter fans, but can now be added to your Hallmark Ornament collection as well.  Check out Dobby’s full wiki character profile here!

In the first Potions lesson, the dreaded Professor Snape orders Harry Potter to prepare a vile mixture said to cure boils. It includes dried nettles, crushed snake fangs, horned slugs, and porcupine quills. Snape watches Harry carefully, hoping in vain to catch him make a mistake. When another student forgets to add the quills after taking his potion off the fire, the cauldron melts into a twisted blob. Harry is blamed for the accident and wonders more than ever, “Why does Snape hate me so much?”

The Potions Master - 2001 Harry Potter Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

The Potions Master - 2001 Harry Potter Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

This 2001 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament titled “The Potions Master” includes Professor Snape looking on as Harry Potter creates his potion. Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger look on in the background.  This ornament also has a special lighting effect! Attach the clip, which is located inside the base of this ornament, directly to a lamp socket on a miniature light string. MAGIC!

Our favorite is the 2000 release of the pewter Harry Potter ornament.  It features Harry in a game of Quidditch leaning off his beloved Nimbus 2000 in an attempt to catch the Golden Snitch.  It captures the moment beautifully in pewter with a gold accent on the legendary Snitch.

Harry Potter - 2000 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

Harry Potter - 2000 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

Other ornaments in our Harry Potter collection include:

A Keepsake Ornament is great idea for anyone who loves the movies and/or reads the books, and for those who considers themselves true fans of “Harry Potter”. The Ornament Factory has a large selection Harry Potter Ornaments to choose from, those from previous years, to newer 2011 ornaments. So, make sure to check out all your favorite Hallmark Keepsake ornaments!

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