Monday, February 16, 2009

Blue Monday - Hallmark Creche Ornament Figurines

A large portion of the ornaments in the Carola nativity collection are made by Hallmark Cards, Inc. Our topic for Blue Monday is a set of figures made as Christmas tree ornaments by Hallmark. They came out over a period of five years from 1995 through 1999.

Each figurine can be displayed on a tabletop or shelf, but they each have the small loop for hanging as an ornament as well.

"Heaven’s Gift" dated 1995, is made up of two pieces, Mary with Baby Jesus, and Joseph. Joseph wears a blue robe.

"Kindly Shepherd" dated 1996
, gently carries a lamb on his shoulder. His turban has blue and red stripes, while his wrap is lined in blue.

"The Legend of the Three Kings" dated 1997-1999 represent "three African kings who joined other travelers to worship the infant King and offer Him their special gifts."

King Noor, 1st king – dated 1997 carries a covered lamp of gold. He wears a flowing blue robe and his headdress also incorporates two blue hues.

King Kharoof, 2nd king – dated 1998 carries a bag of finest silk.

King Mahl, 3rd king – dated 1999 carries a box of jewels.

To me, this is one of the loveliest nativity figure ornament sets made by Hallmark.

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  1. Very beautiful nativity set, Carrie! I love the attention to detail on this one. Lovely.

    Happy Blue Monday...


    Sheila :-)

  2. Lovely nativity...pretty blues!

  3. I really enjoyed looking all your photos for Blue Monday. I hope you have a great week!

  4. Hallmark does such a nice job, don't they?

  5. out standing, I love the whole set. thanks for sharing

  6. The Hallmark nativity set is beautiful. I also love your descriptions. Happy Blue Monday.

  7. This is an exceptional set. The details amaze me. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

  8. Hi!
    Beautiful Nativity Set!! The details are very life like! Have a great day!!


  9. Beautiful Nativity set!...Christine

  10. I think I recall seeing these at our Hallmark store. My SIL works for Hallmark. She has moved out of the mall store and onto just stocking grocery store shelves - (it's more part time and flexible). Hope you are having a Happy Blue Monday. ~ Robyn

  11. This is such a lovely Nativity! I'm loving the beautiful faces and they do look so life like.
    Happy Blueness and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. This is a beautiful Nativity..just beautiful. Happy Blue Monday, hope it's a ;ovely day.

  13. Oh I think King Mahl is great! Love the expression and his lifted hands!!

  14. wow! Again, I love the expressions!!!

  15. Carrie,

    Thanks for your kind words on the Celtic Tablerunner. It was a pretty fun project.

    This is a lovely blue post - great job tying it to your Nativity theme.

  16. Love this Nativity set. Thanks for sharing it.

  17. Dear Caroline,
    I'm trying to find the Tanzanian batik that you have on your site. I'm a teacher volunteer for Mwangaza which is a partnership between the ELCA and the ELCT churches to improve education in the nation of Tanzania. My mother in law creates ornaments to help fundraise to send teachers to seminar. We would love to use this batik as our back ground for an ornament. Please send details as to where we may find it. My email is