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:
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.)
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:
(For more about THAT story, click HERE)
This Christmas, baby Elva has a new playmate, her cousin "Pearl":
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: