Hallmark Channel asked Keepsake collectors to share their favorite Keepsake Ornament memories and photos
And they did—about which Keepsake Ornaments mean the most to them and why. Below are just some of our favorite pictures and stories submitted by our fans. Thanks for helping us celebrate 40 years of making magical Christmas memories!
My favorite ornament is the 2002 Kris and the Kringles. That summer my sister and I were in Chicago shopping and talking the way sisters do, non-stop. We were so busy talking that we didn’t notice the door we were walking in to was a rather small revolving door. My sister walked right in behind me, and we got stuck. We had to shuffle our feet an inch at a time, and it took us a couple of minutes to get out of the door. It didn’t help that we were laughing so hard we couldn’t focus. When the ornament came out, we immediately bought it. I still laugh every year when I unpack it because it reminds me just how close I will always be to my sister.
— Connie S.
My mom and dad got us the First Christmas ornament when we got married in 1986 and started us on a journey with Keepsake Ornaments. Each year an ornament is chosen. In 2012, a genealogical request for our marriage record at the courthouse resulted in a telephone call informing us the minister had never sent the form back, so our marriage wasn’t recorded. Turned out our marriage wasn’t recorded at the church, either. We were told to send in a copy of our marriage certificate that was signed by the minister. A month or so later, we received our marriage record dated April 16, 2012, which was 26 years after our March 15, 1986, wedding. My husband chose the 2012 First Christmas ornament for our tree and hung it right below the 1986 version. We now celebrate our marriage date and record date anniversaries.
— Sherri W.
This is one of my favorite Keepsake Ornaments because my grandma and me used to bake holiday-shaped cookies together when I was growing up, and this was the first Christmas without her. We also always went to Hallmark every year to pick out a couple special ornaments. She would have loved this one!
— Shannon S.
It has been a tradition since I was a little girl that my mom and dad bought me a Hallmark ornament every year! I have carried on that tradition with my own child! I put up 7 trees in my house, and one is dedicated to Hallmark ornaments. With my 21 ornaments and the 44 I have that were bought for us plus all the Hallmark extra ornaments I get, we fill up an 8-foot tree with all Hallmark! My family is all about that! I also bought a special dad ornament this past year because he passed away.
— Pamela L.
We’ve been friends since the age of 2, and in 53 years we think we’ve earned the title of “sisters.” Our husbands find it eerie how we think and do things so much alike. Our children call us each their “auntie,” and we wonder if they even know we’re not biological sisters! We were inseparable—from childhood sleepovers to young adults and roommates to each other’s maid of honor in our weddings…
Our Keepsake collection all started back in 1990 with the Busy Carver ornament and a Christmas wreath. Since we only had one ornament on the Christmas wreath, we added some little glass bulbs and a bow. The poor little beaver looked so lonely on the wreath, but after 24 years he isn’t alone anymore…
The Christmas holiday is even more special when we put up our wreaths and are reminded of our long-lasting friendship, and how we look forward to next July and our birthday celebration. Thank you Hallmark for Keepsake Ornaments for “keepsake friends.” Or as Kris jokingly put it, “KFF” (Keepsake Friends Forever)! LOL!
— Kris W. and Tammy W.
1991 Star Trek Enterprise—the first of the Star Trek ornaments! Given to me as a gift, it turned out to be a rare treasure that other Star Trek fans have coveted, as the popularity was far greater than anticipated. It’s the original Enterprise—as Scotty said, “NCC-1701, no bloody A, B, C, or D!” Later collectors would offer as high as $600 for these, but I could never part with mine. Only a few years later, the friend who gave it to me—a young mother with a toddler—tragically became very ill and died. I remember her every Christmas when I once more hang my wonderful U.S.S. Enterprise! I’ve since acquired a few others of the Star Trek ornaments, but this one is irreplaceable!
— Gayle N. N.
When my daughter was 3, her grandfather and I built her a dollhouse from scratch for Christmas. It was complete with wallpaper, real shingles, and working lights. Her third Christmas was also the year Hallmark inaugurated the “house” series of ornaments. That first house showed figures also reminiscent of our family. Thus, I purchased that first house. EVERY Christmas thereafter a new “house” ornament joins our complete collection on the tree. The ornaments are now a family heirloom that will be passed along with the dollhouse itself to my adult daughter and her children to be cherished by another generation. Bringing out the houses each Christmas will continue to give us Hallmark moments always!
— Ann M.
Japheth’s first Christmas! He was born in December and was our most precious gift ever! He is pictured here in a gift box with his Grandma’s crocheted blanket, along with his First Christmas Hallmark Keepsake Ornament! The tree was all decorated in blue for the delivery of our special package. Little did we know how much joy this bundle would bring to our house!
— Jenny K. M.
Every year since our youngest daughter was born (2006), my husband has bought me the Our Family ornament. We collect many Hallmark ornaments, but I love to get these out each year to see how much our girls have grown.
— Kristi A. S.
This past Christmas season, my one-year-old daughter, Sadie, received the Nativity Story ornament from her grandmother in early December. My husband and I hung it in a special place low on the tree so she could press the button and hear all about Jesus’ birthday! She absolutely loved it and had to show everyone that came over! When we think of Sadie’s second Christmas, that is one memory that will always come to mind as that ornament brought her so much joy—us, too, as it never got old watching her face light up every time she pushed the button! I can’t wait to pull the ornament out year after year and remind Sadie about the special memories it brought from the 2012 Christmas season! And, I’m sure many more Christmases to come 🙂
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