The Best Part of the Mall of America

On Christmas day 1995, I got two things for Christmas that I remember distinctly: my American doll Kirsten, and the chicken pox. I bet you can guess which I was more thrilled about. 

I had wanted an American Doll for so long. I used to flip through the giant magazines that came to our house and long for a doll of my own. My best friend had Felicity, and so I decided I wanted her too. Then a few weeks before Christmas, I changed my mind. I decided it would be cooler to have a different one so that we could switch and play with each other’s dolls if we wanted to. So my mother had to return Felicity and get Kirsten for me, right before Christmas. Thank you, Mom, for being so patient with me as a child!

I have so many fond memories of playing with my dolls, both with my sister and best friend. I also read all of the books, for every single character. And POURED over the American Girl catalogue, even though my grandmother knew a lady who made American doll clothes that were better and cheaper than the ones you could buy from the catalogue. 

Anyway, I was sad to realize that Felicity, Kirsten and Samantha (who my sister had) have all been retired and now there are a bunch of new dolls that I didn’t recognize. 

I only recognize Addy and Molly...

And oh my goodness, the things you can do with your doll in that store. I am kicking myself for not taking more pictures. You can bring her to a doll hairdresser. You can sit with her at the café (special seats for the doll) and drink hot chocolate (hopefully the caffeinated drinks are for the parents) and nibble on cookies. You can browse for accessories, like musical instruments, pets, sports equipment, camping supplies, etc. 

Why not get a piano or guitar for your doll?

I have to admit, all of this brought to mind one of my favorite quotes from Modern Family, of course, said by Gloria when Lily’s fancy doll needs to go to the doll hospital:

“You know what a doll is in my village? An apple on a stick!”

Anyway, despite the over-the-topness of it all, it was fun to re-visit a part of my childhood. 

 

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16 thoughts on “The Best Part of the Mall of America

  1. I do remember when Josefina and Kit were released. So I recognize them in the picture. I had a Kirsten, but in retrospect Felicity had the best swag.

    • Josefina!! I knew I was forgetting one. And I should have remembered her, she was the Mexican-American, right? Felicity totally had the best swag…hello, the horse!!

  2. I do remember when Josefina and Kit were released. So I recognize them in the picture. I had a Kirsten, but in retrospect Felicity had the best swag.

    • Josefina!! I knew I was forgetting one. And I should have remembered her, she was the Mexican-American, right? Felicity totally had the best swag…hello, the horse!!

  3. My sisters and I all had one (Samantha, Kirsten, Molly). Molly was my youngest sister’s and definitely got the most wear and tear…she is practically bald….we used to joke that we should take her to the doll hospital in the New York store to get her a new head.

    • You joked, but the little girls in this store would not think it a joke! Hahaha. My sister had Samantha and I remember towards the end her hair was a huge permanent rat’s nest!

  4. My sisters and I all had one (Samantha, Kirsten, Molly). Molly was my youngest sister’s and definitely got the most wear and tear…she is practically bald….we used to joke that we should take her to the doll hospital in the New York store to get her a new head.

    • You joked, but the little girls in this store would not think it a joke! Hahaha. My sister had Samantha and I remember towards the end her hair was a huge permanent rat’s nest!

    • I LOVED her braids too, I think that was the selling point for me. I was so sad the day I decided to undo her braids. Her hair just wasn’t the same after that.

    • I LOVED her braids too, I think that was the selling point for me. I was so sad the day I decided to undo her braids. Her hair just wasn’t the same after that.

  5. Ooooo, I love dolls! I was probably an adult when American Girls debuted, but had I been a child, I would have wanted all of them, plus every outfit and accessory.

    Barbie was my generation. I had her entire entourage and as many of her clothes as I could afford on my “allowance.”

    I’m still steaming because my mother, without my permission, donated it all to a charity!

    • I had barbies too, but they were all my mom’s and aunts’ old ones from when they were kids! I’m not sure what happened to them…they very well could have been donated to charity or sold at a yard sale by now.

  6. Ooooo, I love dolls! I was probably an adult when American Girls debuted, but had I been a child, I would have wanted all of them, plus every outfit and accessory.

    Barbie was my generation. I had her entire entourage and as many of her clothes as I could afford on my “allowance.”

    I’m still steaming because my mother, without my permission, donated it all to a charity!

    • I had barbies too, but they were all my mom’s and aunts’ old ones from when they were kids! I’m not sure what happened to them…they very well could have been donated to charity or sold at a yard sale by now.

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