Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ornament Review: Two Turtle Doves - Twelve Days of Christmas #2 - 2012 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Artistic and cute ornament continues this fun series
Cons: Some might find it too artistic
The Bottom Line
Two turtle doves make
An artistic impression
Nestled together

True Love and Two Turtle Doves

Last year, Hallmark started a series of ornaments based on the classic Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."  It's hardly a surprise that the second entry in the series is Two Turtle Doves.

This is the only ornament in the series that is going to feature more than one of the item from the song (or at least that's what sculptor Edyth Kegrize says now).  The two doves are resting their heads together and arching their bodies in different directions, which means that their tail feathers stick out on different sides.

The ornaments in this series aren't quite realistic but have a decoupage artsy feel to them.  Frankly, that means it takes me a little while to warm up to each one, but once I do, I love it.  In this case, the birds have purple heads and tails with a peachish pink body in the middle.  They have two sets of wings each.  The bottom layer is purple while the top layer has some musical notes on it.  Both birds have some gold squiggles on them.  The first bird has "Two Turtles Doves" written on it in calligraphy, while the back bird has their verse from the song written on it.  Part of the verse is covered by the back wing, but I believe that is a design feature.

Then there's the dangle.  Hanging from the first in front is a gold heart with "Two 2" written on it, again in calligraphy.

As you can see, it's not exactly your traditional ornament, but I've actually come to like it for that reason.  It's really pretty, and the various elements make it stand out from the rest of my ornament collection.  Honestly, I can't wait to get all twelve days of this series.

There is no base or stand to this ornament, so it doesn't stand up at all.  Not only that, but the dangle also makes it hard to display any way but by hanging.  The back bird has the brass ring to use to hang the ornament, and you'll find that this ornament hangs straight, at least to my eye.

Yes, this is an official series from Hallmark, and that means there is a 2 in a Christmas tree hidden on the ornament.  I won't deprive you of the joy of finding it, but it was in the first place I looked.

This particular ornament has some interesting history behind it.  While originally to be released in July, it was recalled at the last minute because of production problems.  Those seem to have been fixed, and the correct version is now appearing in stores.  I actually saw one of the July ornaments before it was released, and I saw nothing wrong with it.  It was gorgeous then, and it is gorgeous now that I finally have one.

This take on the "Twelve Days of Christmas" isn't going to be for everyone.  But if you are looking for something a little different and very beautiful, you'll like this take on Two Turtle Doves.

Of course, you'll need to get all of the 12 Days of Christmas series.

Original Price: $12.95

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