Monday, April 21, 2014

Ornament Review: Christmas Window #3 - Pet Shop - 2005 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Cute ornament with a boy wishing hard for a puppy
Cons: Nothing for cat people
The Bottom Line:
Wishes for puppy
Through wintry Christmas window
Will this dream come true?

How Much is that Puppy in the Christmas Window?

2005 brought Tammy Haddix's first chance to contribute to the Christmas Windows series from Hallmark.  After this ornament, she would continue to contribute in the odd numbered years to this series.  And the Pet Shop she contributed to start with would help set the tone for the rest of her contributions.

Like the others in the series, this ornament features scenes on two sides of a wall.  In this case, it's a brick wall with a green roof.  On the outside is a little boy looking through the window at a cute little puppy.  He's also holding on to the rope from his sled.  The sign above the window says "Pet Shop."  And in the window is a temporary sign that says, "Take Me Home for Christmas."

Inside the pet shop is the puppy in one of those window displays.  He's got a ball and a chew bone to play with as well as a ribbon tied around his neck.  Underneath this display are more chew toys as well as containers of dog food and dog treats.  On one side, they've ever got a puppy stocking hung.

Now let's flip back to the outside because there's one more detail.  We can see a piece of paper sticking out of the back pocket of the boy peering through the window.  And what does that paper say?  "Wishlist: Puppy."

And right about there is where my heart melts.  While my allergies have kept me from becoming a dog person, I do love a good story of the bonds between pets and owners.  As a result, I do find this ornament incredibly cute.  Cat people might note that this ornament is all about that puppy, no references to cats anywhere.

This ornament has a perfectly flat base, so you can display it on a shelf or mantel or, like I do, under your Christmas tree.  And yes, the 3 in a Christmas tree is also on the bottom of the display.

If you do decide to hang this ornament, you'll find it tips ever so slightly to the front.  Trust me, for most people it is such a small amount it won't even be noticed.

But did he get the puppy?  Well, in 2006, part of the regular line ornaments was an ornament featuring a boy and a puppy playing in the snow.  They looked remarkably like these two.  And Tammy's other ornaments in this series almost all feature a boy and a puppy.  I'd say it is safe to say yes.

That's another reason why this ornament is so cute - knowing the rest of the story.  It's why I'm glad I've added this Pet Shop to my Christmas Window collection and recommend it for others looking for a fun, heart warming ornament.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Christmas Windows series.

Original Price: $19.95

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