Friday, December 2, 2016

Ornament Review: Crazy Christmas Camper - 2016 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Fun idea becomes fun ornament
Cons: One two sides light up
The Bottom Line:
Motorhome owner
Fully decks out for Christmas
For delightful piece

Deck the Camper

I have absolutely loved the two ornaments Hallmark has put out of a crazily decorated house where the lights are synced to music.  I grew up camping, and have fond memories of that.  So you’d expect me to love Crazy Christmas Campers.  And you’d be right.

This ornament is of a motorhome, and the owners are definitely in the Christmas spirit.  They have lights and lit up bells on the side of their motor home.  There’s an inflatable snowman on the roof.  They’ve got more lights and a wreath on the front.  And those people you see silhouetted in the window?  That’s Santa and a reindeer, of course.

Now, I don’t actually think that this is supposed to be Santa’s motorhome.  Instead, I’m thinking that Santa and the reindeer are cutouts that are illumined by the inside of the motorhome.

The latest I remember us ever camping was Thanksgiving, so I don’t remember seeing any motorhomes actually decked out like this.  However, I love the concept, and in this age, I don’t see why a full time RVer couldn’t deck out their vehicle like this.  Their neighbors might not appreciate it.  In fact, I can pretty much guarantee they wouldn’t.  Most of the time, you are right next to your neighbor in one of these parks, so the blinking and flashing lights would be very annoying.

And that’s before we get to the magic aspect of this ornament.  See, this is one of Hallmark’s Magic Cord ornaments.  When it is connected to the Magic Cord (sold separately), the lights on the outside, the bells, and the windows light up.  And when you press the button, the ornament plays a fun, upbeat version of “Deck the Halls.”  All the lights are timed to flash in synch with the song, with is a lot of fun, and the other ornaments connected to the Magic Cord also flash along.  The show lasts just under half a minute, and it is a delight.

Since this is a motorhome, the ornament rests easily on its wheels, and you can set it out to display anywhere you have a flat surface.  Of course, there is a loop for hanging the ornament in the roof of the RV, and you’ll find that it hangs straight.

My only complaint with the ornament is that, while the front and one side are decked out, the back and the other side are plain.  It’s obvious how we are supposed to display the ornament.  Then again, with the houses I mentioned earlier, the backs were definitely plain, so this isn’t a new thing at all.

These Magic Cord ornaments are on the expensive side, but when they hit it out of the park, they are absolutely perfect.  Crazy Christmas Camper is definitely one of those times.

Original Price: $29.95

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