Friday, August 2, 2019

Ornament Review: Christmas Carousel #3 - Mythical Animals - 2019 Hallmark Ornaments

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Fun carousel
Cons: Not Christmas, however
The Bottom Line:
Fantasy creatures
Populate last carousel
Not really Christmas

Christmas Carousels Takes a Mythical Final Spin

When Hallmark started their Christmas Carousel series in 2017, they announced there would only be three entries.  I’m sure they could have come up with some more great entries but the final entry is fun.

This year, the carousel has a fantasy element theme.  There are three creatures to ride on, one is a unicorn, and the other two are Pegasi (Pegasuses?  Whatever the plural of Pegsus is).  The fourth position in this carousel is taken by a swan attached to the floor of the carousel so someone can still ride without being on a horse.

As fun as these creatures are, they are also my biggest complaint with the ornament since there really isn’t much Christmassy about it.  Now, don’t get me wrong, the ornament looks great with the predominately blue and silver colors.  But there is nothing at all to represent the Christmas in the Christmas Carousel name.  And it seems like we could have had some other fun Christmas themes to the series before it ended.  Yes, last year, I was happy to get horses, but that one had a red and green color scheme, so it still felt like a Christmas ornament.  Maybe it is a good thing this series is ending at three.

Ken Crow is the Hallmark artist who created this series, and he just announced his retirement from Hallmark ornaments.  Maybe that’s one reason this series was only slated to be three years.

Now, I haven’t mentioned yet that this is a miniature ornament.  The entire thing is only a couple of inches tall, so the details are rather amazing given the size.  Among those details I love is the fact that the ornament actually spins around and the horses go up and down just like on a real carousel.

Because of the nob that makes the carousel spin, this ornament can’t be placed out to be displayed but must be hung.  Fortunately, it hangs straight, so that isn’t an issue at all.

And there is a 3 in a Christmas tree on the ornament, although it is as miniature as everything else.

These three ornaments have proved to be a lot of fun, but I think three was a good number for this series.  As fun as the final entry is, I wish it had more to do with Christmas.

Take a spin on the rest of the Christmas Carousel series.

Original Price: $9.99

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