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Hummel Christmas Ornaments

Updated on March 1, 2015

Hummel Christmas Ornaments

Sister M. I. Hummel, also called Sister M. J. Hummel, depending on which language, English or German, one uses, made astounding drawings of children that were first exhibited publicly in 1933. These drawings were made into three dimensional figurines by the W. Goebel Company. The figurines became popular, and collectors took notice. Soon it was not sufficient that the figurine be a Hummel, but that id had a certain mark, the older marks usually bringing the most value.

Eventually, the Goebel Company went beyond the figurines, and added plates, bells, and ornaments to the versions these drawings, and later similar work, would be issued. Normally, the Christmas ornaments are inexpensive compared to the figurine of the same image.

Collectors could join a club, and some special issues were made only for club members.

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Two Types of Ornaments

One type of ornament was a three dimensional figure that resembled a Hummel figuring, or was in the same style as a Hummel figuring. These could easily be hung from a Christmas tree.

A second type of Christmas ornament was a flat image of a Hummel set in a beautiful 24-kt gold frame. I believe these were only issued to club members. They were made by the Danbury Mint, but Goebel had the rights, so a license must have been issued.

Hummel Figurines

Hummel Bells

There is also available a large selection of bells. These are wonderful to display at Christmas time. The bells are easily found on eBay, and can often be bought at a reasonable price. Just make certain by reading the feedback that the seller discloses defects, if ant, such as crazing, and that the seller properly packages the Hummel items for a safe journey through the postal system.

Group Figurines Below the Christmas Tree

Whether it is below the Christmas tree, or on a table or other flat surface, Hummel carolers can be grouped into a larger display. It is also possible to group, or spread around, angel figurines, setting them to give the effect you are seeking. And, of course the Hummel nativity set can be used at Christmas time.

Many pieces in the style of the original figurines were added later. But, many are equally nice.

Modern Hummels

while the rights to make the images have been sold when Goebel Company stopped its production, and can still be used, some modern piecs are made in the style of the originals. This flooding the market with figurines in the style of Hummels perhaps added to the bursting of the bubble, and the price decline.

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    • wiseriverman profile image

      wiseriverman 5 years ago

      This is a delightful lens!

      Daniel :)

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These ornaments are very popular and highly collectible. Nicely showcased.

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      LucyIsles 5 years ago

      Hummels have been a family favourite for as long as I can remember,

      Thanks for this great Lens. Loved it! And Liked it ;-)

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      cyberflutist 5 years ago

      My flute figurine collection includes some Hummel pieces. I really love them.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I never before knew the origin of the Hummel collectibles. Sister Hummel must have had extraordinary talent. Amazing how those drawings were transformed into so many different ornaments.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      My Mom had a couple of the older Hummel characters but when she came to NZ she didn't bring them with her...sadly.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love the Hummel Christmas bells!

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      MEDerby 5 years ago

      As a Canadian Air Force brat I grew up in Germany and my Mom had a great passion for Hummels. Reading your lens brought back wonderful memories,

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      These are some very interesting ornaments you have featured here. You have given me a desire to learn more about Sister Hummel. Merry Christmas.


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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Very nice lens about Hummel. Always liked them myself as G-ma used to collect them. Nice of you to share. Thank you for stopping by my Top Rated Educational and Fun Toys for Girls and Boys and giving it a "thumbs up" I appreciate it. Merry Xmas!

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      MiaMusement 5 years ago

      I never knew why they were called Hummel ornaments. I'm always learning something new at Squidoo!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We found a few of these at a local thrift store. You never know what you'll find.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love Hummel ornaments

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Excellent lens, nicely done!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      The bells are very pretty.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very pretty ornaments, indeed. I like the bells best.

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      CoffeeWriter LM 5 years ago

      With four little kids in the house, I'll have to wait a few years before hanging any of these up on our tree!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Hummel ornaments are always beautiful and among my favorites to give and receive.

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I received one Hummel piece as a gift and it is lovely!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Definite keepsakes . . thanks for sharing these. Happy holidays Mark and Henry!

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      LadyCharlie 6 years ago

      Nice lens on Hummels...I don't collect them but I have seen them. Best Wishes!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      hummel is famous for children ceramic figurines. collectors items.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      hummel is famous for children ceramic figurines. collectors items.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ah, this takes me back to my grandma's house in that she had a cabinet full of fabulous Hummel. I have just one Hummel figurine that I've kept for some xx years! I'd love to see a resurgence in the tradition of Christmas Hummel ... and you have got us started on that path. Merry Christmas everyone!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hummel Christmas ornaments are gifts that will be treasured forever. A couple I knew while growing up had a collection of Hummels and some of them were about two feet tall if I'm remembering correctly.

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      the-good-stuff 6 years ago

      These are really cute, especially the figurines!

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Nicely done!


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