Jun 112012

For as far back as I can remember, I have had a special place in my heart for the Hallmark store.  It started even before I could form memories.  It actually started before I was born, to be honest.

My grandmother began a tradition with her two daughters (my mom and her sister) of purchasing (or making) them each an ornament every year from the year they were born.  The thought was that once they were grown and married they would have at least a few ornaments for their trees that first Christmas.  As soon as Hallmark started selling Christmas ornaments (in 1973) my Gram began purchasing those.

Hallmark Father's Day Cards

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Dec 112010

I remember very vividly – and fondly – my father reading to me as a child, and especially around Christmas.  Because we live over a 1,000 miles apart and we get to see each other so infrequently, I knew that those memories would be a little more challenging to create with the little one that’s due in February.

I remember my father reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to my brothers and I each Christmas as kids.  So when I was asked to review the Hallmark Recordable Book of the same title I was happy to do so.  I knew that I wanted to send it to my Dad to capture him reading the beloved story so I could share it with his grandbaby.

Once it arrived I read through the instructions so that I would be able to assist my Dad if he had questions.  The instructions were both easy and clear however.  You literally just read the text on the page, flip, and repeat.  When you finish and it sounds the way you want it to, you just pop out the battery and slide the button to LOCK.  Now your work is saved!  And you don’t lose the story when you change the batteries.

I mailed the book to my Dad with a note as to what I wanted him to do and why.  He called me up to let me know he received it and how easy it had been to follow the instructions.  He also thought it was a great idea for a keepsake.  As soon as I received it back, I flipped through it to listen and read along.  It definitely brought me back to my childhood!  I can’t wait to share it with my new little one and give them the opportunity to hear their Grampie’s voice any time they want.

I’ve always loved Hallmark and their collectible keepsakes.  I’m really glad they have started offering this new product.  They have many titles available, including Frosty the Snowman, The Very First Christmas, Guess How Much I Love You and many more – 15 total!