Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ornament Review: Inside Story #2 - Fireside - 2017 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Cute, peaceful scene
Cons: Floor of scene slopes up
The Bottom Line:
Peaceful inside scene
Christmas by warmth of the fire
Member ornament

And the Dog and the Cat Shall Lie Down Together

Christmas sparks many mental images.  Obviously, memories of time with family and friends tops the list.  But a quiet Christmas Eve by the fire after all the chores of the holiday are done is another one.  That’s the image we get with the second ornament in Hallmark’s Inside Story series.

This ornament features an oblong shaped ornament painted a golden color.  Unlike the rest of the ornaments that are just shapes, you’ll find a scene inside the bulb of this one.  Over to the left-hand side is a Christmas tree.  In the back of the scene is a mantel with two stockings hung from it.  There’s a fire in the fire place.  And on the rug, a cat and dog are curled up asleep.  Peace on Earth indeed.

It’s hard to look at this ornament and not feel a warm glow envelope you.  (Or maybe that’s just the heat from the heatwave of a summer we are having here in Southern California right now.)  The floor of the scene slopes up at an odd angle, a product of the outer ornament framing the scene, but the rest is wonderful.  And the details are absolutely amazing.  For added fun, there’s glitter around the oval opening for the scene.

Because this ornament comes to a point at the top and bottom, you can’t set it out to be displayed.  You have to hang it.  Fortunately, it hangs straight.

This ornament was originally available only through Hallmark’s Keepsake Ornament Club.  It’s part of a three part series, so you’ll find the 2 in a Christmas tree on the back of the ornament.  How I wish this series were going to run longer.

Christmas can be a crazy busy time.  I know it is for me.  That’s why it is nice to have this second Inside Story ornament to remind us of the peace and joy the season can also represent.

Check out the rest of the Inside Story series.

Original Price: $20.00

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