Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ornament Review: What Christmas is All About - 2013 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Looks good with a classic Peanuts sound clip
Cons: Not original voice clip, slight tip
The Bottom Line:
A classic moment
Captures with looks and sound clip
Ready for your tree

Linus’s Timeless Reminder of the True Meaning of Christmas

One of the classic moments from A Charlie Brown Christmas is when Linus gets up and recites the story of Jesus' birth from Luke 2.  In 2013, Hallmark captured that moment with their ornament What Christmas Is All About.

The ornament features Linus standing on a stage.  His hands are crossed and he is smiling, he’s obviously gotten to one of the parts about joy.  In fact, his security blanket is lying to one side behind Charlie Brown’s poor Christmas tree.

The ornament has a big oval base, which makes it perfect for setting out on display on any flat surface.  Across the front is the quote that was shortened to give this ornament its name, That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown.  The top of the base – the part Linus is standing on – resembles the floor of the stage with wood colored planks formed in the plastic.  The base is pink, which seems a little odd, yet it works for the ornament.

The ornament looks good and immediately draws the scene from the TV special to mind.  The look on Linus’s face is priceless as he is obviously contemplating the good news he is sharing with everyone.

But the real fun of this ornament is the sound clip.  To play it, you must have the two button batteries installed in the pocket in the base.  When you want to hear it, just press the button next to Linus.  You hear about 30 seconds of the quote from Luke.  It's not the entire passage, and it stops short of the title quote, but it's still fun.  Listening carefully, it's not the original voice from the special.  But they have a very good imitator doing it, and this fan doesn't really care.

The loop for hanging the ornament is located on the top of Linus’s head.  Because of the size, you’ll definitely want to make sure it is on a sturdy branch.  He tips a little forward and ever so slightly to the right.  However, I never noticed in the six weeks he was sitting on my tree this year.

So Peanuts fans will definitely want to get their hands on What Christmas Is All About.  It captures a moment that makes the TV special so beloved.

Original Price: $17.95

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