Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gift Idea - A Treasure from the Past Gifted with Something New

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Matt, even though he is the youngest grandchild, really likes to look at things from our past. We have an old metal spinning top toy that belonged to my husband, Matt’s grandfather. He has this toy has a child and it’s something we have managed to keep up with for all these years. It’s a spinning top from the 1940’s or 1950’s and has spaceships on it and it still spins! It might be worth a few dollars but it's a much more valuable memory.

As we continue to work on downsizing in our retirement, my plan is to give this to Matt this year and his Mom can put it in a safe place for him, but his gift will also contain the Vintage Toy Top from Old World Christmas. That way he'll have something to keep and something to enjoy now as he hangs the ornament on their special "ornament tree."

44066 Vintage Toy Top Ornament

The trick to selecting ornaments for Christmas, is to plan throughout the year. And an excellent way to find a specific ornament when an idea arises, is to shop Trendy Ornaments!

We have ornaments for all occasions….all year long)) Don’t wait until a few weeks before Christmas, because you’ll struggle to come up with something special. Buy it when the idea hits you and just set it aside in a special place, ready to be gift wrapped for Christmas.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Flashlight Christmas Ornament 32248

The first flashlight lit up the skies of New York City in the 1890s and was called the electric torch.

Invented by Russian immigrant, Conrad Hubert, the first flashlights used crude components and produced only a brief flash of light, which is how they got their name.

What kid, no matter how old, doesn't like getting a flashlight! I know my grandchildren do....you can never go wrong by sticking a flashlight, any size, in their box of goodies.

And it never fails....when we go to the beach, they come running to "NeNe" for a flashlight to go crabbing at night. I always pack three or four of course.....and threaten them with their lives if they don't return my flashlights! You do the same don't you))))

This Flashlight Christmas ornament from Old World Christmas would make a perfect gift for my grands.....gosh I would need three!

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Flashlight 32248


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Microphone Christmas Ornament 36192

A microphone or mic converts sounds into electrical signals allowing the sound to be projected. Microphones are used in a variety of settings to allow more people to enjoy sounds of music, speeches, and performances.

The microphone ornament is the perfect gift for the performer in your life.

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Microphone Ornament 36192


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2017 New Semi Truck Christmas Ornament 46070

Whether hauling a load of goods from one side of town to the other or across the country, semi trucks are a vital part of the economy. Truck drivers provide an essential service.

Celebrate truck drivers, the large trucks and the love of travel with the semi truck ornament.

Size: 5.25"

Shop at Trendy Ornaments and receive a free gift box! Plus, all ornament orders of $25.00 ship free!

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Semi Truck 46070

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Santa with Penguin Pals Snow Globe

New from Old World Christmas - beautiful Snow Globes!

Here's one of our favorites and it will be arriving any day now. There is a place on the Trendy Ornaments product page where you can enter your email address to request to be notified of it's a arrival. Makes a great collectible Christmas gift))

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Santa with Penguin Pals  54004  





This intricately detailed snow globe features Santa Claus with two penguin pals who share his love of winter and frosty fun! Santa is the embodiment of the Christmas spirit, and although he calls the North Pole his home, he travels to bring joy to all corners of the world, including the South Pole and its fun-loving residents - these cute little penguins!

Includes two interior long-lasting, low-energy LED lights to highlight the intricate craftsmanship of this beautiful Santa with Penguin Pals Snow Globe™.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Seattle Seahawks

New Seattle Seahawks Christmas ornaments from Old World Christmas!

The Seahawks are the only NFL franchise based in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and thus attract support from a wide geographical area, including some parts of Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska, as well as Canadian fans in British Columbia and Alberta

Trendy Ornaments ships to Canada....hint hint)))

Here's what we have coming from the new 2017 NFL Collection for the Seahawks.

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Seahawks Hoodie 72903


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Seattle Stocking 72908

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Seattle Beanie 72914

Saturday, April 29, 2017

New NFL Ornaments from Old World Christmas!

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Great news! Did you know Old World Christmas has added NFL ornaments to their outstanding
selection? Well they have.....and we have a great selection to choose from!

Visit us at Trendy Ornaments and browse through the NFL Collection. These ornaments will be arriving any day now and there is a place on each product page where you can enter your email address to get your name on the list. Soon as the ornaments arrive, you'll receive an email from Trendy Ornaments letting you know they are available for purchase.

San Francisco 49ERS NFL Christmas Ornaments

San Francisco 49ERS - new NFL Christmas Ornaments from Old World Christmas - arriving any day now! Browse Trendy Ornaments for your favorite NFL football team and show your team spirit during the holidays.

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San Francisco Helmet 72817

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San Francisco Hoodie 72803

Quick view of the Old World Christmas Showroom in Atlanta

Here's a quick video showing part of the Old World Christmas showroom in Atlanta. Such a stunning place! The ornament displays are to die for!


Be sure to visit us at Trendy Ornaments for all the new 2017 ornaments from Old World Christmas. Ornaments for every occasion!

And don't forget! We have free shipping on ornament orders of $25 or more....all the time!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Baking Sweet Memories! View our Food & Beverage Collection



We all have them….those memories of Mom’s sugar cookies…..

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or Grandma’s cherry pie……

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or the time the your sister roasted the turkey and it burned!

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Unique Christmas ornaments that depict these special memories can be enjoyed year to year. Gift someone with a Christmas ornament that keeps that memory alive…..and get one for yourself too!

Click here to browse through over 100 Food & Beverage Ornaments at Trendy Ornaments!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Christmas Ornaments Make Great Halloween Goodies for Trick or Treat!



A perfect time to give those special kids goodies at Halloween is present them with a keepsake ornament. Something that frames the memory of that Halloween for years to come.


The 10179 Princess ornament from Old World Christmas, is just perfect for our own little “Belle.”

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The Princess ornament comes in three different colors and the hang tag reads: “Once upon a time……” and “they lived happily ever after……” are thrilling and familiar phrases in fairy tales. Kings, queens, princes and princesses inhabit these enchanting stories. What imaginative little girl hasn’t dreamed of being a Princess herself? Honor dreams with this special keepsake.


If you have a “tiger” in your backyard jungle, your choices of a matching ornament are even greater! 

This full body Tiger  comes from Old World Christmas. This ornament has been very popular and available for a few years now. The SKU number is 12115 and it measures about 5.” It also is made of mouth blown, hand painted glass. 

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The hang tag on the 12115 Tiger ornament reads: Tigers embody grace, beauty, and power, and are able to move silently through the brush. Since Tigers can see in the dark, they also signify illumination. In the Chinese zodiac, Tigers are generous, courageous, enthusiastic, and lucky risk-takers.



You might also find a monkey in your backyard! Old World Christmas has an adorable Chimpanzee ornament, 12112, scratching it’s head and holding a banana.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New Blackberry Christmas Ornament

Picking blackberries.....not I'm not talking about electronic devices here))) I still help out my daughter and son in law with their website businesses, Trendy Tree and Trendy Ornaments and this adorable new Blackberry Christmas ornament just came in the other day and immediately it brought back thoughts of blackberry picking with my grandmother, who we called Mama.


28113 Old World Christmas Blackberry Ornament


Blackberry picking was also done on a hot sunny day and since we would be walking in brambles and bushes, we always had to wear jeans and long sleeved shirts......hot as well.....you know it was hot.

Picking blackberries with Mama always mean she picked in her white water bucket and the rest of us picked and put our berries into a coffee can or syrup bucket, something like that. Only her berries when in the white water bucket. She would always take a hoe.....because there was always a high chance that you might step on a snake. Never did ....but the chance was always there. There was also a high chance that you would get stung by a wasp.....yes, that happened many times.

The worst thing about picking blackberries though.....was the chiggers.... Mama would warn us, wear long pants, socks, long sleeve shirts and if she had her way, we would all have to wear bonnets too. If you've never worn a bonnet in the hot sun, you cannot imagine how suffocating hot they are.....most of the time we tried to get out of the house quick enough to "leave the bonnets behind."

We would walk down through the pasture looking for good berry vines. They would always be flowing over fences or old downed trees having been struck by lightening through the years or just rotten down. If the vines didn't yield many berries, we would hop in my granddaddy's truck and he would drive us to someone else's pasture or fence line. You didn't necessarily stop by someone house and seek permission to go into their fields and pick some berries.....you just did. Unless, they happened to be in the yard and you just wanted to be sociable I guess and stop and say hello. Most of the time we just went directly to where we could find good berries.

Pick only the berries that are nice and black, no red ones.....they aren't ripe. This was the instruction each time.....and don't eat them! Can't eat berries until they have been washed...... They surely looked clean enough to eat though......so we ate them anyway. I'm sure she could tell, but she didn't fuss too much.

The very moment we were finished picking berries and arrived back home....we had to remove all our clothing and get into the bath tub...."to get rid of the chiggers."  This hardly seemed necessary, because our clothes would not be soiled except where we had wiped our berry eating fingers a time or too. But Mama would insist.....and not only that.....she would put some Clorox in the water!

Clorox or Purex was good for killing chiggers she insisted.  Being children, I supposed we protested because of the smell of the water, but it didn't matter we had to do it anyway. Once we were decked out in clean clothes we would help wash the berries over and over and try not to mash them too much.

Fresh blackberries always meant a cobbler would be cooked. The rest of the berries would go into little white freezer boxes or bags and into the "deep freeze" for another day.

Back to the chiggers....you would think you had safely made it that berry picking day without picking up any of the tiny little mites.....but first thing you know.....there would be a little itch at your ankles.....then maybe behind your knee......then maybe around your panty leg......OMG....if you've never had one or more than one chigger embedded into your skin, you cannot image the intense itching and scratching that will result.

Chiggers were a cruel trick that God placed on us all.....I mean really....you think every creature should have a supreme and unique reason for it's creation.....but this one has alluded me. And just as a warning.....I don't care how bad, you think you need to go.......never, never. decide to drop your pants while blackberry picking even though you know you are hidden from the entire world.....you will live to regret it.

http://www.babyboomerblogger.com/2016/04/picking-blackberries.htmlWild blackberries are more tart than the blackberries you purchase at the grocery store. So if you're using an old recipe from your Mom or grandmother....you might want to cut back on the sugar a bit unless you picked those blackberries yourself.

My Mother used her Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook and I'm not sure if this is the recipe that she used for her Blackberry Cobbler but I wanted to share it with you.

My Grandmother's cobbler was always baked in the same round dented pan each time. Mother generally had a flair for making her cobblers pretty as well as tasty, so her's might be baked in a white casserole dish or something like that.....but they both were good)))

Blackberry Cobbler
"Cobble up" means to put together in a hurry according to Betty Crocker.
Mix together in saucepan                 3/4 cup sugar
                                                          1 tbsp, cornstarch
Stir in gradually                                1 cup boiling water 
Boil 1 min, stirring constantly
and then add                                      3 cups of blackberries with any juice they have with them
Dot with                                            1/2 tbsp. butter
Sprinkle with                                     1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Make dough to drop by spoonfuls onto fruit mixture. Mix 1 cup sifted plain flour, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt 3 tbsp shortening (or butter) and 1/2 cup milk.   Note: if you are like me and use self rising flour, just leave off the sugar, baking powder and salt. Apparently self-rising flour wasn't as popular back in the 1950's as it is nowadays....or maybe it didn't exist.
Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto your fruit mixture and bake in a moderately hot oven 400 degree for 30 min. Yields 6 servings.  *Calorie counts were not required of Betty Crocker in 1950....so just don't even worry about it......enjoy the Cobbler!  Serve with vanilla ice cream if you really want to impress))
So back to the cute little Blackberry Christmas ornament......what a perfect little keepsake for someone you love.

http://www.trendyornaments.com/28113-blackberry-old-world-christmas-ornament.htmlCollecting ornaments is so much more fun when you can associate it with a sweet memory from the past......so, buy an ornament, try making a blackberry cobbler and if you're brave enough......take those kids or grand kids blackberry picking this summer......but surely, surely, there is something now that you can douse the kids in so they won't get chiggers!!

Don't forget your hoe! Be vigilant, be ready.....there could always be a snake.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

2016 Christmas Polar Bear - Best Seller

This new 2016 Christmas Polar Bear ornament is also a best seller from Old World Christmas

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12449 Christmas Polar Bear, measures approximately 3"
Adorable baby polar bear wearing a little red Santa hat. Perfect little keepsake gift for a little one's first Christmas

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Back View

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Yellow Submarine Christmas Ornament

This new 2016 ornament from Merck Family's Old World Christmas is sure to be a favorite of Beatles fans!

46058 Groovy Submarine
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It measures about 4.25" and beautifully colored in bright yellow, blue and red. This is a 2016 bestseller from Old World Christmas also

Hang Tag:  Submarines were built and used during the American Civil War. They are used for a variety of non-military purposes including salvage missions, deep sea exploration, and marine exploration. Some submarines are able to remain underwater for several months at a time!

Rockin Roll Santa New for 2016


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New Rockin Roll Santa 40284. Measures approximately 4.5" Introduced 2016 by the Merck Family's Old World Christmas

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Side View

Hang Tag:  Santa works very hard and has a really big job. So it is not unusual that he likes to take a break from all the work and take part in some rock 'n roll! Playing lead guitar for the North Pole band is a great way for Santa to have fun.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

New 2016 Old World Christmas Ornaments!

It's that time again.....time for the new 2016 Merck Family's Old World Christmas ornaments to start rolling in. We're adding new ornaments to our Trendy Ornaments website everyday and and will try to keep you updated.

Remember to order early!

http://www.trendyornaments.com/40281-santa-and-pixies-old-world-christmas-ornament.html 
This new guy is 40281 Santa & Pixies. He's about 4 3/4" tall.

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Hang Tag:  The legend of Santa Claus is derived from the European figure of St. Nicholas and American children s holiday poems of the 19th century. Now Santa Claus is the jolly folk hero all children dream about on Christmas Eve. He embodies childhood innocence and magical delight.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Making Cookies with Old World Christmas

Whoever manages the Old World Christmas showroom must be have the most wonder imagination! Loved how this baking display showcased so many of their adorable food related ornaments.

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Love this old (and it was genuine) cookbook for kids and the candy sprinkles))

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This image shows an old crank handle egg beater…..then right beside it, a new fancy red mixer ornament. The Stand Mixer ornament was just introduced 2015 and will be available soon at Trendy Ornaments.

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This cookie sheet is filled with the Assorted Spritz Cookie and the Sugar Cookie Assortment.

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The hang tag on the Spritz Cookie reads: The Spritz Cookie glass ornaments embody one of the most popular traditions of the holiday season – creating special treats! Baking delicious cookies in festive shapes started years ago and continues on today as a favorite holiday activity.

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 The hang tag on the Sugar Cookie Assortment reads:  The Sugar Cookie ornament depicts one of the most anticipated traditions of the Christmas season – the baking of eating of sweets! Creating elaborate and whimsical holiday cookies decorated with frosting and candies started years ago and continues today as a favorite family activity.

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I remember well trying to operate a cookie press in my younger days. It wasn’t easy! The cookie dough had to be just right, or you couldn’t push it through the press. I had much better luck making sugar cookies with cookie cutters))

I’ll have to share my old sugar cookie recipe at the end of the post))

Next we have a baking sheet full of Cinnamon Rolls! Goodness, you can almost smell them….maybe they had some cinnamon sticks planted around this display somewhere)))

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The Cinnamon Roll ornament is 32167 and was introduced in 2012. It’s hang tag reads:  The Cinnamon Roll originated in Sweden, where October 4th is known as National Cinnamon Bun Day.  Today these sweet, spicy, gooey treats are enjoyed all around the world.  Whether served at breakfast, tea time, or for a coffee break, the Cinnamon Roll is a favorite worldwide.

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The pan above contains Assorted Chocolate Cupcakes. They come with pink or white frosting with candy sprinkles on top. Isn’t that frosting realistic! Here’s an image of the whole cupcake so you can see the bottom.


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The Chocolate Chip Cookie is one of my favorite ornaments. It’s number is 32143 and it was introduced in 2010. The hang tag reads: The Chocolate Chip Cookie was accidentally invented in 1930 by Ruth Wakefield in Massachusetts. She was trying to make an all chocolate cookie, but the pieces of chopped chocolate she added did not melt into the dough – the Chocolate Chip cookie was born! Today it is the most popular cookie in the U. S. with over 7 billion eaten annually!

The next image contains a collection of these sweet treats – Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spritz Cookies, Sugar Cookies and the very popular small Cupcake in pink 32032. It’s about the size of mini muffins and makes a perfect party gift.

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I love the bit of information on the hang tags…..I’ve learned so much! And I have to say I have done my share in contributing to those numbers))

Oh, I almost forgot…..gotta get that Sugar Cookie recipe for you)) This recipe is from the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook. I can’t imagine how many times I’ve made this recipe. My mother was a firm believer in hands on teaching and she would hand me the cookbook when I was a little girl and say…have at it!

Sugar Cookies (Crispy, think, flavorful)

1/2 cup soft shortening (half butter)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg

Mix first three items together thoroughly. Then stir in:
1 tbsp milk or cream
1 tsp flavoring (vanilla, lemon or a combination of the two)

Sift together and stir in 1 1/4 cups sifted Gold Medal flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
(typically we skipped the baking powder and salt and just used self-rising flour)

Chill dough. Roll very thin (1/16″). Cut into desired shapes. Place on lightly greased baking shee, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until delicately browned. Hot oven (temperature 425) Back 5-7 minutes. Amount: about 5 dozen 2 1/2″ cookies.

Now…I’m not sure about oven from the 1950’s, may they were just not as well insulated as oven today…..but if I tried to bake these cookies in my oven at 425 degrees…..they would be burned to a crisp….so use your own judgement))

Here’s a couple of images right out of the cookbook.

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I have a great idea.....whip up a batch of your favorite cookies with your children or grandchildren....and give them a special cookie ornament to keep that memory alive for a long long time)))









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