I didn’t know that there has been an annual Holiday Barbie for over 25 years!! As you all know, I am an obsessive collector of certain things. I suspect my parents may have been keeping this from me. We couldn’t afford the beautiful Barbies when we were little. My folks went out of their way saving up to get my sister one, but I never had much interest… I had a Ken doll though.
When I was 10, I was saving up for a pair of plain black Dr Martens. I had the copycat ones, but I so desperately wanted the reals ones. And then one day I saw Ultra Hair Barbie and I HAD to have her. It was around this time that my daddy was diagnosed with cancer, which they didn’t think he would survive. So possibly that added to me wanting something beautiful and perfect, that was more for “little kids”. And then there was her hair… See the hair?!
All my life I’ve been obsessed with long hair. My sister and all my friends had that magical quick growing gorgeous looooooong hair… mine grew out, never down, until I fell pregnant… And now I finally have that hair. I never got Dr Martens.
Barbie for me remains a magical talisman. My daddy survived terminal cancer. She was the first thing I ever bought with my very own money. She wasn’t a toy to me, she was a symbol of the future I wanted. Happy, having never had to face death or bankruptcy, beautiful and with never-ending hair.
I think that is the whole point of Barbie really. She is the possibility of all you can be. That is also why I am a little obsessed with the international Barbie’s… there is a whole range of dolls of different sizes and colours and heights. Over the years, they have symbolised more than just beauty and grace. They have Barbie’s of every profession, strong, independent role models for little girls.
I never had another Barbie after Ultra Hair. Until Mattel sent me (well, technically Charly) this incredibly gorgeous Holiday Barbie. This is the first year that Mattel brought out more than one Holiday Barbie. There are 3 of them and I honestly desperately want all of them. So much so, that when they contacted me I told them to choose which one to send, because I just couldn’t choose.
Charly’s face when she first saw her was EVERYTHING. I saw that same leap of the heart I experienced on holding my own Barbie for the first time.
Opening her up and seeing the incredible detail on the ball gown and watching Charly dance around the room with her literally made my year.
Listen here… If you are a mom of boys, I will NOT judge. Holiday Barbie isn’t really a toy… She is a collectable. She comes with a stand, so she can be kept forever beautiful on a shelf where you can take her down and relive your childhood or be reminded of special time with your sister or cousin or best friend. Or maybe you weren’t into Barbie’s, you were a bit more rough and tumble and now you hold your breath when you see these dolls because you feel like there was something missing.
CONGRATULATIONS TO COLETTE VAN RENSBURG FOR WINNING A MAGICAL HOLIDAY BARBIE FOR HER PRINCESS!
Sending you alllll the love xxx