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A Method For Santa's Madness
According to Skylar, this was our best Christmas ever. It certainly felt like our tiredest Christmas ever, which may be why she liked it so much. When you don't even bother to make dinner, much less get dressed, the relaxed vibe has a way of feeling like the residue of bliss. And there was plenty of that, too, as this clip amply attests:
Kim was nearly as effusive over getting the monstrously long Béla Tarr film Sátántangó, which I ordered for her from the United Kingdom. And I was pretty pleased myself to get a book full of philosophy jokes and another full of maps. Sometimes less is more, though where American Girl products like Nikki are concerned, that "less" also costs more.

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e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: December 26th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"Addy" arrived at our house.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Excellent. I'm waiting for an American Boy doll, myself. . .


Hope things feel better in the wake of that e-mail etc.
pissang From: pissang Date: December 27th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I recently ventured into the American Girl store in Beverly Hills. At the time, I was not yet aware of the phenomenon. F***ing creepy.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 27th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I used to think so too. I still find the dolls that are meant to look like girls disturbing. But the historical characters and the Girl of the Year characters -- Nikki is the latter -- are accompanied by a fictional apparatus that is actually pretty wholesome, despite its absurd price. And the self-help books and magazine that the company puts out are excellent. What I'm saying is that, although I hid the free catalogs mailed to us for years, I'm glad that, in the face of extreme beginning-of-third-grade trauma, I relented and let Skylar get sucked in to the proto-tween consumerist maelstrom.
pissang From: pissang Date: December 29th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The dolls aren't so much disturbing as the store. It has a beauty salon for the dolls, a theater, a clothing department and so on. You can pay to get your doll's hair cut. And due to the location, there were plenty of people who could afford to patronize.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 31st, 2007 06:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, that part of it is pretty creepy. Although the dolls are meant to last, which puts a little backspin on the hyper consumerism. The point is to take care of the few dolls you have -- they even have a "hospital" -- rather than to constantly buy new ones. I mean, up to a point. The really rich are still excessive.
derdriu From: derdriu Date: December 30th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow. Throwback to being 10. I was -really- into the AG thing when I was little. They were just starting to get popular. I still have all of them stored at my parents' house, too.
I don't think I came out harmed for having them or reading the stories, either.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 31st, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, that's good to know. I was worried at first, because they seemed expensive and precious. But the books are pretty good, all in all, and it's nice for her to get to be a girl for a while longer before she has to worry about teenage concerns.
derdriu From: derdriu Date: December 31st, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You know, they -are- a little expensive and overdone. I laugh at myself now for having been so all-about-AG. But, you're right. It was nice to be up in arms about dolls for a little while longer before I got to be up in arms about weight, identity, eyeliner, etc.
AG definitely makes the world seem just a bit less complicated for young girls.
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