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Santa Claus Swings and . . .

So, we did that super-annoying six-hour drive back from Indianapolis today. It's soooo boring. We have to drive through Columbus and St. Clairsville and . . . what? You didn't stop by to hear about a drive filled with dog farts and Tim Horton's Timbits? Really?


Oh, THAT. The American Girl doll saga. I almost forgot.

First, if you didn't catch the beginning of this story, let me sum it up. American Girl catalog comes in mail. Woman is unable to stop man as he hands said catalog to short person. Bad things happen. Girl finds doll she likes and starts pleading. Woman says NO WAY because woman does not believe in spending that sort of money on dolls. Man is all in favor of the doll because man is silly. Santa hears the request for the silly-expensive doll and decides he will deliver, but only after he grants woman the right to torture the kid endlessly. And torture she does.

Santa snuck into our house while we were in Indianapolis, so Alexis rushed into the house once we returned to see if she had made the Nice List. And, well, here . . .

Let's review, shall we?

Girl unwraps doll.

Girl is mildly amused.


Girl snaps from mildly amused to wondering if there are other gifts in 1.00004 seconds.


Girl is far more amused by some earrings.


Girl is SUPER AMUSED by Alvin.


Woman swears girl will never, ever get another American Girl doll again. The end.

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Reader Comments (22)

oh. ouch.

December 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwinMamaTeb

Oh, no! I didn't see that coming. Hopefully, she was just worn out from all her travels. I know we are all super tired after this weekend.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Aw I am sure she loved it, and was just overwhelmed.

Side note, if you ever happen to notice a small town tucked between St. Clairsville and Bridgeport, called Blaine, OH, that is the town I grew up in. Sort of explains a lot about why I am so screwed up lol.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany Harkleroad

HA! Don't you just love kids :) I was worried that Elle wouldn't love her American Girl doll as much, since her sissies got some great electronic stuff and she is so into Star Wars right now. She insisted that she wanted the Kit doll and I wasn't so sure, but Santa brought it (he must have stock in Mattel). She has not put the doll down and is in total love.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandy W.

I'm not one to spend a ton on that kind of thing either. Jules got her American Doll Felicity 4 years ago from her Aunt who had her for 10 years previously.(money saved. Yay!) She really didn't engage with her until the last few years. Now, she's a huge deal, and Santa gave her a certificate for a Doll Hospital visit to tidy her up, and fix a chewed off pinky from a puppy 12 years ago, and to buy an outfit.
Alexis's interest will grow, especially as she gets older, and especially when she has a friend who also has an American Girl. It really makes all the difference.
Good Luck!

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDina

Oh no. I hate when they do that to Santa! Which one did she get? Diva was happy with hers. I bet she'll be more excited about it as the days go on. She was just tired. Well, one can hope.

I know what you mean about the cost, but I figure I've spent way more than that on video games and their equipment for the Teen and I don't "get" that. So, now Diva has two A.G. dolls.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Yost

BTW, which doll did she get? Santa had to go back to the elves at our house because the one they had already made had to be replaced when a week before Christmas Diva announced she had finally settled on the other doll she was deciding between!

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Yost

Been there. It's funnier when it's someone else's kid.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Aw.... I bet the doll gets more attention as the days pass.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

you know i somehow blame your husband, right?

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhello haha narf

Well, this makes me feel better about our "I wanna American Girl Doll" Christmas. I refused to spend that kind of cash on a three year old boy's doll. So I searched Ebay, Craigslist, etc. for a used one. I found they sold for about the same as a new one once you figured in the shipping, etc. I found a nice knock-off. Wrapped it up. Put it under the tree.
Sasha's reaction upon opening it?
"That's not MY baby!" followed by stomping over to the catalogue to re-show me the picture we sent Santa.
He treated it like it was going to give him Bubonic Plague till last night, when he started to play with it (and the bed, stroller, food, etc we got to go with it). And that means somethign because Sasha doesn't tear through presents. With him, Christmas takes all day.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I was a bit dissappointed by my kids' initial reactions to their presents too.

Santa brought my 3 year old son a Stinky the Garbage Truck. I had reservations about buying it because it was $60 and I think it has poor play value but he specifically asked Santa for it. Then, he was was not particularly excited to find it on Christmas morning. He also wanted to know why the Skyracers aircraft carrier that Santa left had only the 2 included planes and not the 4 other planes that are sold separately.

I thought my 7 year old would be super excited about the Wii under the tree from us but her reaction was subdued.

HOWEVER, watching them happily play with their new toys and the Wii on Christmas day and yesterday was very satisfying and in the end, I guess that counts more.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon W.

Around here, the cheapest toys are getting the most playtime these days. The most expensive ones? Well, they're languishing on the toy box unopened.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

At least she wasn't a buttface like that one kid on YouTube/Today Show.

To make you feel better, my kids were totally enamored with 3.99 Yoshi dolls that were sticking out of the top of their stockings than most anything they got. For a day. Now they're playing with everything. But I was like, "Really? YOSHI!?"

To be fair, I bet she'll play with it lots soon. Or, I hope. For husband's sake.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFireMom

That's just cold.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRougie

Well, hopefully after the initial shock wears off, she'll get LOTS of quality play time in with the American Doll. I'm hoping... for your sake. : )

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

When my son turned one, I purchased some $1 puzzles from Target to put together as table decorations at his party ... Over three months later, the kid is still HUGELY amused by carrying the beat up puzzle boxes around and stacking them up. Who needs Christmas presents when you already have boxes?!

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Oh my!! I do have to say, (I missed the original saga), but she is probably too young for it now. My oldest got her first AG this Christmas and she is 9 1/2. I vowed to never ever buy one, but we have read almost all the books and she has re-read many of them too. She also got the catalog and literally memorized it and made an itemized list for Santa, complete the pricing. Santa couldn't really afford a Wii and the doll but Grandma stepped and really wanted to get the doll,. My daughter was absolutely beside herself. And she is SOOO careful and so in love with her. I think it was worth the money. I know, if she would have gotten one sooner, she have done the same exact thing.

So, my thought is, your little one will love the doll, when she is older. Maybe try to put the doll away or put her in a safe place and when she is older and can read and love the books (they are great stories) and be old enough to really take care of her, then the aG can be reintroduced. Of course, MUCH easier said than done.

So sorry!!!!

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Did I tell you to get that AG doll? I don't think so. My poor, neglected daughter never got one. She got one of the AG babies, but it was less money and she was a little older. Five year olds are tough. My daughter's favorite gifts at that age were the froo-froo satin dress I made her, with the gloves from an antique store and cheap pink sunglasses. You just never know.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlea

heh heh heh.


December 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe planet of janet

My 4 year old begged Santa for that over-priced Caveman toy. He got it. He was happy, but we got an even BIGGER reaction from a 6 pack of superhero underwear from kohls. Underwear. Freaking kids!

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

OUCH, just caught up....that stinks. I DID however get the reaction I was hoping for, so maybe it's an age thing...when all her little friends start begging for theirs, she'll be like " oh I already have one" TRUST ME. When Mag was 4 she was about the webkinz and smaller stuff, now it's ALL AG. Good job Santa, she'll grow to love her, if not...I know another little girl that will gladly pay for her...not MORE per say, but would jump at the chance to own her!

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinger
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