Monday, July 6, 2015

Ornament Review: Christmas Window #13 - Tammy's Tune Shop - 2015 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Humorous figures and creative decorations
Cons: Missing series marker
The Bottom Line:
Great decorations
Humor and embarrassed dog
Combine for great piece

This Year’s Christmas Window Really Sings

Over the past few years, I’ve been enjoying Hallmark’s Christmas Windows series because of the creativity that these ornaments have shown.  Each year features a different story window decked out for Christmas and a child looking in the window, and they’ve been plenty of fun.  This year's ornament adds a nice element of humor to the mix, and I just love it.

This year, we are visiting a music shop, Tammy’s Tune Shop to be exact.  They’ve taken a set of white drums and set it up to resemble a snowman.  And that drum snowman?  He’s holding a Christmas tree shaped electric guitar.  Next to it, we have a tree made from Christmas music rolled into the shape of a cone.  The awning outside even has a keyboard on it.  When you turn the ornament around and look at the back, we can see a tambourine and more Christmas sheet music for sale.

But here’s the part that I just love.  Since this is a Tammy Haddix year, we get a boy and his dog looking into the window.  Inspired by what he sees, the boy is rocking out on his air guitar.  The dog, however, is less than impressed and actually has a paw over one eye like he can’t look.  The expression on both of their faces is priceless.

Combining the antics of the boy and his dog with the creativity shown in the decorations, this might just be my favorite ornament in the series to date.  It’s just so much fun that you can’t help but smile when you see it.

As with the others in this Keepsake Ornament Member series, it has a nice, flat base you can use to set it in a display.  Personally, I like creating a village with these windows under one of my Christmas trees each year.  However, if you want to hang it on your tree, you’ll find the loop in the roof of your building.  Slip a hook through it, and you’ll find that it tips forward slightly, but not enough to matter.

However, what you won’t find on here is a series marker.  Yes, this is an official Hallmark series, but only offered to the members of their Keepsake Club.  Normally, these ornaments do have the typical series marker on them (a number in a Christmas tree).  It got left off the ornament this year.  Hallmark seems to miss at least one series marker a year these days, and this is the series that gets left out this year, I guess.

Still, that’s not remotely an issue at all.  This ornament is wonderfully creative and fun.  I can’t wait until Christmas so I can display it.

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

Original Price: $20.00

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