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Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornaments - What is New for 2012?

Updated on October 25, 2012

If you visit your local Hallmark card store you will see a wall of Christmas ornaments. Every year Hallmark releases hundreds of Hallmark Keepsake ornaments for your Christmas tree. They range from traditional figures like Santa Claus and angels to Star Trek space ships. Some are also interactive featuring such things as lights and sounds.

When I was a kid my friends and I just loved to go down to the local mall and visit the Hallmark store just to look at all the ornaments. Of course, then we could not afford to buy them but we still loved to drool over them and to dream that one day we could buy them all. Now that I'm an adult I still like to look at the decorations. Now I can actually afford to buy one or two every year.

Start a tradition

Why not start a tradition with your children and start a Hallmark Keepsake ornament collection? Many of the ornaments are part of a series in which a new ornament is added each year. Most people have ornaments that have been passed down from family to family. The Keepsake ornaments are of such good quality that they will probably last for year and can be handed down to your grandchildren. The ornaments you collect are also a good indication of where you were at that time and what your interests were. They really are a look into your soul and your personality.

The Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Every year Hallmark comes out with a series of Star Trek ornaments and 2012 is no different. There is also a figure of "Bones" available this year. The Enterprise is always a popular item from Hallmark Keepsake ornaments. Press a button on this ornament to hear Captain Picard's opening monologue and the theme music.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Ornament

The movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase has become a Christmas tradition for many families. They have many favorite scenes including the cat chewing on the electrical wire, or the "white trash" branch of the family visiting. This ornament features the voices of Clark and Eddie.


Wizard of Oz Christmas Ornament

Hallmark releases several Wizard of Oz ornaments every year. This year's selection includes Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Toto and the Wizard himself. It also features audio from the movie.

The Wizard of Oz is a big part of many people's Christmas celebrations, the movie shows up on television at least once during the holiday season.

Star Wars Darth Vader Ornament

Similar to their Star Trek ornaments, Hallmark also releases several Star Wars ornaments every year. The popular movie series has remained popular since the first release in 1977; it made stars out of actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher..

This ornament is sound activated and plays up to 9 alerts from Darth Vader.

Fozzie Bear from The Muppet Show Ornament

Fozzie Bear considered himself a comedian and he certainly brought the laughs to the Muppet Show. This ornament plays a short comedy routine.

Hallmark has always produced at least one Muppet character ornament every year.

The Cat in the Hat Ornament

The Cat in the Hat is a much loved children's story by Dr. Seuss. I was also made into a movie.

The cat is sitting on a stack of books reading his own story. This would be great for those of your friends who love books or have children.

Germany Angels around the World Ornament

I believe that every Christmas tree should have at least one angel ornament, if not sitting on top at least hanging on the branches. This ornament is #2 in a series. It's perfect for the religious person in your life or the person who loves everything Irish.

Santa Ornament

You have to have at least one Santa Claus ornament on your Christmas tree, in my opinion.

There are several Santa Claus ornaments to choose from this year.

This ornament features Santa enjoying one of the toys created by his loyal elves.

Sneak Peek at this Year's Ornaments

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    Dale Warn 2 years ago

    I found this article very informative. After reading I searched and found a site http://www.ornament-shop.com that more information on the Hallmark ornaments.

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    Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

    We never do keepsake christmas decorations. That is good tradition to start. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

    Great Hub Uninvited Writer. I added it to my blog, voted up and rated useful. :) Thank you for sharing. :)

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    Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks Flora and Susan, I completely updated this article for this year as I will plan to do for next year too :)

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I love angels and have a small collection with some that are Hallmark ornaments. I really like the Ireland Angel.

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    FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

    My family has always bought personal ornaments for the children every year. I've continued buying one for myself each yer. They are not necessarily Hallmark, but sometimes they have been. Of the ones you discuss in this, I actually prefer Beaker. I also have some star Trek memorabilia, although I think I would prefer Spock to the Bird of Prey. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite musicals, but it more Judy than the ruby slippers that interest me. Thanks for sharing this older article.

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    craftdrawer 5 years ago

    Great ornaments I really like the Griswald Christmas one....

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Great assortment you've shown here of Hallmark ornaments!

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hallmark always comes out with the nicest ornaments. I especially like Scarlett OHara. Great hub.

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    Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

    Very nice Hallmark ornaments.

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    daPuma5 6 years ago

    Nice, I've never bought an ornament, but I've made a few. ;-)

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    Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Nice hub. I never have enough money at Christmas time to spend on myself to get these.

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    travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

    Nice hub with some lovely choices UW.

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    donnaleemason 6 years ago from North Dakota, USA

    Cool, my brother always gets at least one car one a year.

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    Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    I love the Toto ornament, but also especially love Santa ornaments. Hallmark makes such great quality items - their ornaments are no exception.

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