Holiday Season afterthoughts

3 Jan

…No, I don’t count New Year’s Eve in the holiday season because we already celebrate two holidays, Christmas and Hanukkah. New Year’s Eve is in a league of its own. So for all you sticklers out there who grumble every year, “Why do I have to wish people happy holidays? It’s Christmas man, that’s it, Christmas!”, there you go, jerkface, Pirate and me and the kids, we celebrate two holidays, so kindly wish us Happy Holidays or take the time to send me a card for each one or better yet just shut your closed-minded yap. You don’t get a Hanukkah card from me every year on Christmas, do you? That’s right.  Have I mentioned that I added a new category on my blog? It’s called Bitter is better. Isn’t that adorable?! Ok…Holiday season afterthoughts….

Why don’t the dolls look like the people? This is the question I asked Pirate the first year I spent Christmas in Guadeloupe. I refer to Christmas because it’s what is celebrated here for the most part. There are a small handful of toy stores on the island, and maybe once I saw one single doll that didn’t have white skin. Perhaps it raises some eyebrows that I bring this up, but it’s an honest question. Guadeloupe is about 9% white. So I’m wondering, is it possible that the rest of the population, who are of other ethnicity and races, are not providing demand for dolls that have skin color and/or features similar to theirs? Now look, I’m definitely NOT saying people shouldn’t play with dolls which don’t resemble them. Of course they should. What I’m saying is that I’m really surprised that there seem to be almost NO dolls that aren’t white with blue eyes and blonde hair on an island where only 9% of the population resembles that look. Why? It raises the question, if there were an island with only 9% of the population being non-white, but all the dolls were non-white, do you think there would be a ruckus over that from the white population? Depends on where said island would be I guess…..

This year I did see some more dolls of color. If I remember correctly,they were from the Bratz™ collection, and maybe some no-name Barbie™ imitation type dolls. Perhaps one baby-doll of color among a sea of pink and white boxes housing white baby dolls. After I started writing about this, I looked around to see if anyone else was dwelling on this. I found this cool body image blog called Adios Barbie where, in this post, the author talks about what she sees as the lack of choice among Barbies for people of color. I guess I’m not alone.

In any case, I’m thrilled that the holiday season is no longer upon us. It’s not that I’m a scrooge, but I guess I become overwhelmed by the commercialism, the concentration of all that ‘giving’ in one little time period, the pushy shoppers, the overplayed theme music, and worrying that I’m not picking out the right gifts. I appreciate more sporadic gifts myself, any time it’s not marked on the calendar or advertised all over creation that you’re supposed to give me a gift would be a better time. Pirate knows.

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2 Responses to “Holiday Season afterthoughts”

  1. Allen January 4, 2012 at 07:38 #

    Maybe it is a sign of the times, but what quite amazed me this year, was a visit to a recently rebuilt Carrefour ‘Mall’, where I found myself one of only about 20 people shopping… and this, just days before the Christmas holiday. Where had everyone gone? I haven’t got a clue! But when I see the next set of retail financial results, I will not be surprised by any element of gloom and doom.

    What prompted me to make this remark to your blog, was your photo of a deserted ‘Mall’ – it wasn’t being picketed by an angry mob of four to eleven year old native girls carrying placards reading “We want more realistic dolls!” was it?

    Had I been back in the UK, I would have been quite sickened (believe me) by the quite extraordinary levels of buying (of the panic variety … where shelves of beer are stripped bare within three minutes of a store opening!) Whenever I am there at Christmas, I get that inner questioning where I too find myself asking if I am Scrooge reincarnated! It reminds me of pigs fighting at the trough.

    • Girl in Guadeloupe January 7, 2012 at 09:31 #

      Haha! …”of the panic variety..” that’s a great visual, totally know what you mean!! Yes, here too it was a bit quiet actually, but then again I avoided ‘THE’ mall and the one in the photo is actually the little mall – a Carrefour mall! And yes, the aisles with the pre-made boxes of various brands of chocolate and the alcohol aisles are always cleared out first here too – mostly champagne – and any current deal on teck wood deck furniture, which I really can’t blame people for;-)

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