I heart Christmas ornaments

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I know it seems crazy to be shopping for the holidays already, but I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to be done with my shopping way early this year. Last week, Lola at alis volat propiis pointed out that Thursday was the 100 day mark before Christmas, so even though it’s still September, I’m going to start talking about shopping and gift ideas. Why not? I love the holiday season.

I actually started shopping for Christmas over the summer because I got some really good deals on some stocking stuffers, but I guess the official start to getting ready for the holidays begins for me when I start picking up ornaments. I absolutely love Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments. Each year, I get an ornament  for each of my nieces. (I actually have one niece but I count my high school gf’s two daughters as nieces too.) Their moms know that these are coming so I’m not spoiling any surprises to share what I picked up last week.

My friend’s older daughter’s series, Nature’s Beauty, actually ended a few years ago, but the artist has continued to make ornaments each year that match the series. Here is the ornament she’ll be receiving this year:

Her younger sister will receive this ornament, which is the sixth in the Birds of Beauty series:

My niece used to receive the Christmas Carousel series, but it ended two years ago so last year, I started a new series for her, the Season’s Treatings. (The first in the series is also the same ornament I sent to Katie for a blogger ornament exchange.)
I’ve also got my eye on these ornaments for our tree this year though I haven’t picked them up yet.

I want to start a series for us now that we’re married, and a Kringleville series should last for years to come since they will be able to create an entire village of ornaments.
A couple things about Hallmark Keepsake ornaments.
  1. They can only be purchased in Hallmark Gold Crown stores. They’re viewable online, but you can’t buy them there.
  2. Some of them sellout quickly, which is why I bought my gifts so early. There was an unfortunate incident where the Mister had to drive across town for me to pick up the last Carousel giraffe because I waited until about 2 weeks before Christmas to get my ornaments.

Okay, let’s hear about your holiday decorating traditions!