Monday, June 24, 2013

Ornament Review: Where Everybody Knows Your Name - 2011 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Recreates a TV icon with looks and sound
Cons: Doesn't have much to do with Christmas
The Bottom Line
Recall all the laughs
With iconic sign from Cheers
And the theme song, too




Every TV Geek Will Want This Ornament

Growing up in the 80’s, it was impossible to escape the gang from Cheers.  Even though I didn’t watch that much TV, I still knew who the various people who visited that bar were.  They were showing up everywhere.  And now, almost 30 years after the show debuted, Hallmark has released an ornament to commemorate the show with Where Everybody Knows Your Name.

The ornament is a replica of the sign that hung outside the title Boston bar.  It’s got Cheers written on it in the signature font.  Underneath that, it says Est. 1895 and then had a finger pointing down the stairs to the main entrance.  The back of the ornament has “Where Everybody knows your name” written on it.

The back of the ornament is also where you put the batteries.  See, this is a magic ornament, meaning it includes sound.  It takes two button batteries, and your first set is included.  The button to start the song playing is on the left hand side.  When you press it, you get about 25 seconds of the theme song from the show, starting with what I consider the chorus, “Sometimes you want to go….”  And yes, it is the recording from the TV show, not a substitute.

Honestly, as much as I have grown to like the show since I started watching it, I probably would have passed this ornament up if it weren’t for the theme song.  I love that song, and I think having it in the ornament is wonderful.

On the flip side, there is nothing remotely Christmassy about the ornament or song.  But if you have pop culture ornaments on your tree (and I sure do), then this will fit right in.

The bottom of the ornament is flat, so it will stand up on its own.  Or you can lay it on its back as well.  Since the hook is in the middle of the top of the ornament, it’s not real surprise that the ornament hangs straight as well.

Those who stick to a true Christmas theme when they decorate their tree won’t be remotely interested in this ornament.  But those Cheers fans who love to show off their pop culture interests will love Where Everybody Knows Your Name.

Original Price: $17.95

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