Pros: New colors look nice on the ornament
Cons: New colors aren't enough to really change the ornament
The Bottom Line:
A gingerbread house
Slightly tweaked. No reason to
Work hard to get it
Season's Treatings' Gingerbread House Makes an Interesting Choice for a Repaint
When Hallmark decides to make a special edition of an ornament, the call it a repaint. Usually, it's different enough to make it worth getting for a collector. At their ornament collectors event in 2011, the released a repainted version of the third entry in the popular Season's Treatings series. It looks nice, but there wasn't much to be repainted.
The ornament itself is the same mold as the original. In fact, it even has the 3 in a Christmas tree on the back of the ornament which is usually reserved for the official ornament in a series.
The big thing you notice about this ornament is the silver cooling rack that makes up the base of the ornament. In the upper right corner is a small gingerbread house. Next to that is a sugar bowl and some measuring spoons. Near the front of the ornament are a male and female gingerbread cookie with a star cookie between them.
This is my least favorite in the series so far because the cooling rack is so pronounced. Don't get me wrong, I still find the small details and small amount of glitter fun, but it's not the best entry in the series.
The new color scheme doesn't do anything to help the ornament. It doesn't hurt it either, but it is an interesting choice. While the original is green and red, this one is red and light blue. It's most pronounced on the bowl (now blue) and spoons (now red). The decorations on the house that were green are now blue, and the accents on the roof are blue as well. There are lots of small changes to the gingerbread cookies. The first one feels very festive. This one looks nice, but it doesn't seem that Christmassy to me.
Of course, given how little the really had to work with color wise, I'm not sure what they could have done. The rack and gingerbread couldn't really be changed, and the original was so green and red where it had any color, it's hard to come up with a good alternative.
Like the original, the rack sits flat, although to get the best view of the detail, hanging in on a tree is best. It tries to hang at a jaunty angle like the others in the series, but it is only half hearted about it. Again, it's not bad, but it's not that great.
Would I recommend it to a collector? If you can get it easily and cheaply and want it, then get it. There's no reason not to get it. But it's also not worth paying too much money or working hard to get.
And check out the rest of the Season's Treatings series.
Original Price: $9.95