The year was 1999. I was nine years old. The item at the top of my Christmas list came from this wonderful catalogue, American Girl’s first holiday “wish book”:
I badly wanted this, the special edition Year 2000 Outfit:
How could I possibly have been able to welcome a new millennium and survived the Y2K bug if Abby didn’t have a sparkly purple outfit to wear on New Year’s? Everyone else was buying bottled water thinking the world was going to end along with the century, but I was blissfully drooling over my American Girl wish book. Ahh, the life of a nine-year-old.
On Christmas morning, though, amongst many other wonderful presents, I opened not the American Girl Year 2000 Outfit, but this close alternative made by my creative and determined mother:
She apologetically explained that when she called American Girl to place the order for the outfit (nope, no online ordering in those days) they were out of stock. Apparently it was pretty popular that year! I wasn’t bothered and was perfectly content with the purple, sparkly, spangled dress that my mom had created to convey the same look as the one from American Girl. Abby wore it happily on December 31st to ring in the new year. Well, maybe she stayed up until midnight to ring in the new year. I don’t remember for sure, but I can be fairly certain that I stuck to my 8:30 bedtime that night.
This year for Christmas, 17 years later, look what I opened up! My sister, who adores the late nineties AG outfits, gave me this incredibly thoughtful gift:
Though there is no Y2K to ring in this year, Abby is bringing her 1999 style to the year 2017! I’m not sure that I’m much more prepared to stay up until midnight now than I was as a nine-year-old, but maybe Abby’s sparkle will be my inspiration!
I can’t believe 2016 is almost over! Do you and your dolls have fun New Year’s plans?