Back when I was in high school, I worked at one of the local Hallmark Stores. At the time, I didn't really care about the Christmas ornaments. It was kind of one of those things that you were excited because they were in the store, but on the other hand it was a pain in the butt. Hallmark ornament collectors are religious about their ornaments. They come in with their Dream Books circled and know exactly what series they have and the pieces they need.
I bought a few at the time because I thought they were cute. And well, those few cute ornaments has turned in to somewhere around 600+ ornaments. A couple of years ago, I had to purchase a larger tree. But like any good bargain hunter, I got the tree for 75% off on New's Year Day. So, that kind of makes up for the cash spent on the ornaments.
It is hard to resist the Star Wars ornaments! When Hallmark started making the Star Wars ornaments, it was game on. I have been collecting those since 1996. We have all of them! This year, there is a pretty good selection. I am not overly blown away by any one particularly like I have been in years past.
My mom just can't understand why we would want something so "ugly" on our Christmas tree. She just doesn't love Star Wars.
The other series that we collect heavily is the Disney ornaments. I just love Disney and well, with children, they love it even more then me. We always pick up a few princesses and for my little boy we got the Cars2 ornaments.
These are the only 2 ornaments that I picked up at the Saturday Premiere Party. Thankfully, Hallmark has a great lay away. This year, we will be adding 20 new ornaments when the holidays get here.