Artist Features Watertown Bank On Annual Christmas Ornament

Artist Features Watertown Bank On Annual Christmas Ornament

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It may only be October, but it's not too early to think about Christmas.

Thelma Hamilton is busy hand-painting her annual downtown Watertown Christmas ornament. 

Each year, Hamilton picks something specific to hand-paint on hundreds of ornaments. 

This year, she is featuring Watertown Savings Bank, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary. 

Hamilton says she chose the bank for her ornament after a recent trip there and when she read a bank letter written in 1919 which talked about dreams.

“I actually had a different location picked out for this year until I went to Watertown Savings Bank that day and I was so moved that I just knew that they had to be the location, so I scrapped everything and started over,” she said.

This is Hamilton's 17th year painting a Watertown ornament. Previous ornaments have featured the Crystal Restaurant, Thompson Park and the Jefferson County Fair. 

She is taking orders for this year's ornament until October 19.

Call 315-583-5000 Thelma at to place your order.

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