We Own an American Girl Doll
December 31, 2013
I just felt like...they weren't even that cute, they were clearly part of some kind of little girl soul-sucking cult designed to part parents from their money, and what was the POINT of them anyway?
My attitude began to change last spring when I visited the mother ship of American Girl Doll stores in Los Angeles, when we were visiting friends. I couldn't believe it. It was like a department store, entirely filled with dolls. My heart kind of exploded at the sheer awesome excess of it all. This clearly could not be evil, this store devoted to little girl happiness on such a grand scale. Could it? They had a set of CRUTCHES for when your American Girl Doll gets hurt! That's attention to detail, my friends. I respect that.
Anyway, I knew that Julia would really really like a doll this holiday season and I knew that my mother (the ultimate doll lover, she gave me tons a child, and I never cared 2 hoots for them) would love to get her one. So we planned it as an early Christmas present, we went to the store in Seattle (not nearly as grand as the L.A. location!), had lunch, and then Julia picked out her dolly and a couple of outfits. She had planned for MONTHS to get one of the historical dolls and her choice never wavered from Caroline.
And now, I have to say....I'm a convert! I think the dolls are actually pretty well made, and I like how they have soft bodies, and their hair is fabulous and we've already curled Caroline's hair into amazing ringlets, and she has flannel pajamas. Flannel jammies! Santa also brought little bunny slippers for Caroline to wear.
Julia powered through the first Caroline book, and then a friend gave her the second one. We also watched the Samantha Christmas movie and I cried 3, maybe 4 times. It was so sweet, we loved it! I like how you can get a charm at the store that stands for an American Girl virtue, like confidence, intelligence, kindness, etc. Julia got the one for being smart, and she thought that was way cool, which it is.
I'm looking forward to collecting clothes and changing her outfits when Julia's at school. I love our new dolly! Someday I might want Kit or Rebecca next...they have divinely cute clothes......if we had two then I could justify getting the bunkbed that I saw........woosh! That's the sound of my money flying out the window....