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Limited edition Hamburgh Holidays ornaments tell a story

COLLECTIBLES — Pictured is local resident Donna Jerome’s collection of Hamburgh Holidays dough ornaments. She has collected each release since the mid-1980s. Photos submitted by Chris Snyder.
HAMBURG — Ornaments are trinkets bought for oneself or a friend, to bring joy and hold as keepsakes. Every year since the mid-1980s, the Hamburgh Holidays committee has sold a personally designed and often community-inspired ornament.

Sue Herold of Angola is the commissioned artist. Along with her husband, she established Dough Litefuls, a privately owned shop located at 11 Franklin Drive in Angola. She said that her inspirations are found in Hamburg.

The annually created ornament is often dedicated to a community event. For example, last year’s had a bicentennial theme, for Hamburg’s celebration. During the year in which the village installed new snowflake lights on the street lamps, Herold created a snowman holding snowflakes.

“What makes this artist so extremely talented is the unbelievable detail,” said Hamburgh Holidays Co-chair Chris Snyder, who has been a part of the committee for eight years. “I think [that], because of her artistry, we have a following.”

According to Snyder, the ornaments sell out almost every year. The price has remained the same, because Snyder said she wants the decorations to remain affordable.She said that the Hamburgh Holidays makes little profit and that “it’s really more about having a beautiful ornament that people can have on their tree.

GET THEM BEFORE THEY’RE GONE — A limited edition Hamburgh Holidays ornament (shown at the bottom of the above photo) are available at two local stores.
“We could not do it if it were not for Expressions Floral & Gift Shoppe and Magpie Cards & Gifts,” Snyder added. “They turn over all the profits to Hamburgh Holidays. I emphasize our gratitude to them, for this tremendous opportunity.”

The holiday committee orders approximately 80 – 100 limited edition ornaments per year; the trinkets are available in stores, beginning Thanksgiving weekend, and stay shelved until they sell out.

Local resident Donna Jerome owns one of each year’s ornaments. The only year from which she does not have an ornament is the year the Hamburgh Holidays chose to not release one.

Snyder said that the designs are “always unique, always beautiful and always [have] incredible detail.”

This year’s keepsake ornament features a snowman and a dog, standing beside a snowy street lamp. A hanging banner reads “2013” and the snow at the characters’ feet says “Hamburgh Holidays.”

The ornaments are crafted from dough. The keepsakes are then baked, hardened and ready to hang on a Christmas tree.

The items are exclusively available at Expressions Floral & Gift Shoppe, located at 59 Main St., and Magpie Cards & Gifts, located at 314 Buffalo St., both in Hamburg.

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