This entry is dedicated to the patriotic ornaments that I currently own. These ornaments are among the evidence that proves that I’m not some anti-American pinko liberal fascist communist socialist fool just because I hold political views that may be different from yours.
First is this Hallmark ornament commemorating the bicentennial of the inauguration of the first President of the United States, George Washington (the inauguration happened in 1789 which means that the bicentennial happened in 1989).
I purchased the ornament in the next photo from Behnke’s Nurseries when it was having its post-Christmas sale a couple of years ago. It’s a small flag-waving wooden nutcracker ornament dressed like Uncle Sam whose jaw actually moves when you move the lever in the back up and down.
The ornament in the last few photos is also a flag-waving nutcracker ornament that’s dressed as Uncle Sam. Except this one is from Hallmark and it’s made from plastic. This nutcracker wears a gold button that says “88” (for the year 1988, which was an election year and it was the year that George H.W. Bush was elected President of the United States). This ornament was also released on the heels of the notorious Iran-Contra scandal so there are some pretty subtle bits of political humor that one wouldn’t normally expect from a Hallmark ornament.
Like the other patriotic nutcracker ornament, this one also moves his mouth when you move his ponytail up and down.
Here’s the back. Notice the crossed fingers. (LOL!)