Here are three unsolicited suggestions for future Hallmark Star Trek ornaments.
Other people deck their halls by hanging stockings by their chimneys with care. But as a fan who’s been accumulating Hallmark Star Trek ornaments for 30 years (I was one year late to the party, and lack the 1991 U.S.S. Enterprise that launched the line), it’s not a true Yule for me until I can hang my favorite starships, characters, and classic scenes on my miniature artificial evergreen and the garland draped around my banister.
My college roommate got my collection started when he gave me the Shuttlecraft Galileo in 1992. Its front windows still glow just as bright and its recording of Leonard Nimoy’s voice still sounds forth just as strong as it did when it was new.
I don’t know for sure, but I’m convinced its stellar performance (pun intended) is because it’s one of the ornaments that plugs into a string of miniature lights. I was initially excited when Hallmark, sometime in the early 2000s, moved to ornaments that used lithium batteries instead. Not having to worry about the light cord allows for a lot more freedom of placement. But over the years, some of the ornaments with onboard power sources stop functioning, even with fresh batteries, while the old plug-ins keep working just fine.
My former roommate eventually stopped sending me Hallmark Star Trek ornaments, but I kept right on collecting them. Selectively. For instance, I’ve passed on the pricey “Storyteller” collection, but I happily added the Enterprise from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds to my December armada this year instead.
I have a lot of fun admiring my Hallmark Star Trek ornaments every Christmas season. But I can’t help but wonder why some rather obvious subjects have still gone overlooked. Here are a few unsolicited suggestions—my Christmas wish list, if you will—for the good folks at Hallmark as they contemplate future Star Trek ornaments.