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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Special Christmas Tea Party

This will be a little different than my usual "Advent" posting.  I just felt like playing with my dolls today.  I know what you're thinking...."She's HOW old? And STILL plays with dolls???"  Well...no one ever said that dolls were just for little girls!  Sometimes BIG girls need to play with dolls as well. Call it therapy, if you wish.  That's probably pretty close to the truth!

Anyway, I've had this thought in my head for a while...that I wanted to have a Christmas Tea Party with my dollies!  So, today being a rainy day (!!! hooray!!! First rain in over a month!!), and also being a day that my mind needed a little escape from reality for a while...and since little by little the Christmas decorations are coming out of their boxes....it just seemed like the right time to do this! So here goes:

This is Margie and Valerie, all dressed up in their Christmas finery and ready to get this party going.
Margie (on the left), was given to me by my Aunt Margie for my 7th birthday...and is perhaps my most treasured doll. My mother made her lovely rose taffeta dress, complete with pantaloons and petticoats.  

Valerie (on the right) is also a very special doll, given to me by my Daddy when I was already grown up and married.  An interesting side note on this doll, when I opened the box on Christmas and saw her, I decided that I would name her "Valerie".  After declaring to every one that was what her name would be, I looked on the back of the box that she came in, and it said, "My name is Valerie"...I kid you not!   Perhaps one of the reasons I decided to have this tea party today is because a young woman friend of ours, who is named Valerie, is in the hospital, having just had some very difficult surgery.  She has been in the hospital for over a month...and needs a special gift of God's healing today.  So I am dedicating this little tea party to Valerie.  When you read this, please say a special prayer for Valerie today. Thank you.

I couldn't leave my sweet little Madame Alexander dolls and one Ginny doll out of this special event.  They spend most of their time sitting in my china closet, and never get out much.  So today they have been invited to this special tea party, and they brought their own dollies along as well!  From left to right, we have Miss Scotland, given to me by my mother (when I was already an adult...yes...I've been getting dolls for all my life...), and then next to Miss Scotland is my first Madame Alexander Doll, named Wendy. She was given to me by my Grandma Mursch when I was a little girl. She has red hair (like me! when I was a little girl).  Next to her is Miss Ireland,  a gift from my mother...she also has red hair!  And last but not least is Ginny, my sweet little Ginny doll, a gift from my Grandma Mursch when I was a little girl.  The miniature Madame Alexander dolls are actually Hallmark tree ornaments, and each one was a  gift to me from my sweet big sister Doris...who knows how much I love my dollies.  (I think she's kind of like me on that subject as well.)

This lovely group of young ladies I have named "The Martin Sisters", after my mother in law and her three sisters.   From left to right we have Daisy, Nellie, Dorothy, and Vivian.  Vivian is named after my mother in law because she looks the most like her...tall, blonde, with pretty green eyes. The other girls also look similar to their namesakes (who have all passed on to heaven, except for Vivian, who is 93+) with the exception of the doll named Daisy. Daisy wasn't a brunette or so dark complected, but I needed someone to be her in this little grouping, and so that's how she was named that way.  The other two, Nellie and Dorothy, really do look similar to the real gals!

So here they are, having their tea party and so much fun!!!

Oh, I almost forgot some other special dolls who came along for the party:

This little girl, holding her dolly, I've named Pammy, because my mother gave me this doll one year for Christmas (again, after I was an adult), specifically because of the little plaid taffeta Christmas dress that she made for her.  If you look at the picture to the right, and below here:

you will see an old snapshot of my sister Doris (left), with her bride doll, and me (right), with a baby doll, and we are wearing plaid taffeta dresses that our mother made for us when we were little girls. The note is from my mother, if you can decipher it!  My sister's bride doll was very special, as it actually belonged to our mother when she was a little girl, and was quite fragile. She was named "Florence", after my mother's oldest sister who died at the age of two years, before my mother was even born, so she never knew her.  (For more about THAT story, click HERE)

Of course, No doll tea party would be complete without my sweet baby Elva, all dressed up in her little Christmas dress and stockings.  She has her "Bear Bear" the polar bear, that has been her constant companion since 'birth'.  For more about Baby Elva, Click HERE.

This Christmas, baby Elva has a new playmate, her cousin "Pearl":

Pearl actually belongs to my mother in law, and she is named after her mother, Pearl Sarah Elizabeth Waters Martin.  My mother in law found this baby doll in a closet at her house, and really didn't know where she came from, so we cleaned her up and named her Pearl.  Since my mother in law no longer lives in her own home, but now lives with us part time and her other son and family the rest of the time, I thought we should keep Pearl here with us so she won't be lonely.  So Pearl is dressed in a cute sleeper that says "My First Christmas", since this will be her first Christmas here with us.  I know Elva appreciates having a playmate her own size:

So, let's see who else came to our tea party:

Ho! Ho! Ho!  There's Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, and they brought their own Santa Train Tea Pot for the party!  Wave at the Santa Engineer!!

Oh, here's another of my favorite "dolls"...the little china Christmas doll, which was a Christmas gift from my Grandma Mursch when I was a young girl!  She has managed to survive many Christmases and moves and welcomes our guests as they arrive for the party!  She even has her own little ceramic Christmas tree and sled with gifts, and a toy train around the tree.  I see a little wooden Santa peering around the tree...

Here's a couple of other Santas who have come to enjoy the party... This first one brought a dollie for some lucky little girl:

And this Santa came out of the woods and takes care of the birds...

Well, last, but certainly not least, we have the most important guests of all:

Here's Mary and Joseph, and the Baby Jesus...the real reason we have this celebration of Christmas:

And they have some special guests as well:

There's the shepherd boy with his sheep, and the three Wise Men, who have traveled from afar as they followed the star...and the angel...who said to the shepherds,

"Do not be afraid, for behold, 
I bring you good tidings of great joy
which will be to all people.
For there is born to you this day in the city of David,
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be the sign to you:
You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths,
lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God and saying:
"Glory to God in the Highest,
and on earth peace,
goodwill toward men!""
Luke 2:10-14 

I hope you have enjoyed this special Christmas Tea party with my dollies and friends.  Sometimes we just need to take a break from the harsh realities of life and do something that makes us feel like a child again.  

Jesus said to His disciples in Mark 10:14-15:

"Let the little children come to Me,
and do not forbid them;
for of such is the kingdom of God.

Assuredly, I say to you,
whoever does not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child will by no means enter it."

I believe that we need to have the faith of a little child again...and trust in God to hear our prayers and solve our problems and heal our wounds.  Again I ask you to have childlike faith as you pray for our friend Valerie today, that God would bring healing to her in Jesus' Name. Thank you.


  1. Thank you for sharing your Christmas tea party. Such sweet dollies!

    1. Thank you Melanie. I am so glad you could join us! I wish you could really! I know you have some special dollies too. Maybe someday we will have a party and bring our favorite dollies! That would be fun. Hope you are having a good week. God bless you!!!

  2. Pam: This is neat. You have dolls and (shhhh!) I have a few teddy bears. I love the quartet of dolls that you named for your mother-in-law and her sisters. Thank you for this departure from the day-to-day world.

    1. Oh, thank you Cecilia, for joining our tea party. You may certainly bring your teddy bears to the party. They would be a fun addition! Sometimes we girls just have to be little girls again. It refreshes the spirit!!! Blessings to you today my friend.

  3. Oh Pam, I love your tea party. I love dolls, how wonderful that you have all the sweeties to come to you party. I am so sorry your friend is having such a hard journey...I've lifted her in prayer.

    1. Thank you, Mary, first of all for the prayers for Valerie. That means so much. Thank you also for enjoying the tea party with me! I would love to do this in person with each of you special ladies here. We share such a special bond. God bless you for being more than just a friend who comments on my blog. :)

  4. You have a GREAT doll collection and I love all the stories about them and behind them! Thank you for sharing this with us! Your decorations are great! What fun!

    1. Thank you Terri, for enjoying this little tea party with me. I sort of inherited my love of dolls from my mother. She collected dolls, and instilled in me such a love for them, so I guess I should have mentioned that above. My mother lives on in me! Have a blessed and happy Christmas season!!

  5. Oh Pam, I am in awe of your doll collection and the fact that you have kept them all. What beautiful dolls! I think I liked Pammy best, but Elva was so sweet and, of course, the story of Valerie was precious. Praying for your dear friend to be healed. My mom made us plaid dresses with white collars, but they weren't taffeta. And I love that your mom copied the dress for the doll she gave to you. So sweet.

    1. Thank you Nonnie, for appreciating my dollies. I inherited my love of dolls from my mother, who collected many dolls and had such fun displaying them throughout the years. So I come by this interest honestly! Thank you for your prayers for Valerie. That means a lot. So wonderful to hear from you today. Blessings, my friend.

  6. I am so impressed by your collection, Pam, and that the dolls are so well preserved and, obviously, taken good care of. The post was a charming retreat for me, and captured the essence of the joy of Christmas - becoming little children once again to see the miracle of Jesus' birth with new wonder and delight.
    Thank you for gracing us with this, my friend. Blessings!

    1. I am so glad you caught my childish joy in this Christmas celebration! You must be a kindred spirit in more ways than one! I believe Jesus delights in us, His precious children...and He enjoys seeing us enjoying His birthday celebration...because that is one way of sharing His love with others. At least that is how I feel about it! I think He understands this, don't you? Blessings to you my friend.

  7. Now that was a nice Christmas Tea! Love all your dolls,Pamela and your teacup Christmas. I have one this year also. Since we moved last year the weekend before Christmas I didn't put up a Teacup Tree.
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Sylvia, for sharing my Christmas tea with my dolls! It was such a fun time. I should have mentioned the Teacup Christmas Tree...I am glad you noticed it. My sister gave me most of those little Christmas teacups and teapots. My family and friends feed my fantasies! I look forward to seeing your teacup tree this year! i hope you are enjoying your new home as you prepare for Christmas. I know last year was stressful for you...so praying this year will be delightful and joyful!!

  8. What a sweet time you had with all the girls! How lovely to have such a sweet party and I enjoyed hearing about all your memories with the dolls given to you! :)

    1. Thank you! I am so happy you popped in all the way from Idaho for a visit today! It's fun to be a child again and enjoy all the beauty and joy of the season. I think Jesus loves to see His children enjoying His birthday celebration and sharing the joy with others. I hope your Christmas will be filled with happiness and much joy!!

  9. Dear Pam, I am so glad I stopped by your blog to see what you were up to! How lovely, a dolly tea party! I so enjoyed seeing all your sweet dollys! You have lots! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season!
    Hugs, Nancy

  10. Dear Pam, I am so glad I stopped by your blog to see what you were up to! How lovely, a dolly tea party! I so enjoyed seeing all your sweet dollys! You have lots! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season!
    Hugs, Nancy

  11. Oh Pam, what a fun and sweet post! It would have been fun to join in your tea party. I even have a doll or two (not like yours...not fragile) that could have joined the party. :)



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