Have you ever wanted to win a contest so badly that you put your heart and soul into the entry form, only to discover that your sister won it?
When I was five years old, I was a huge fan of Cabbage Patch Kids (let’s not lie I still am!). I had my own special friend, Darcey Anne, who I played “Mommy” with for hours. I loved dressing her up, feeding her, changing her diaper and pretending she was a real baby. One day, my Mom came across an ad in the local newspaper, advertizing a Live Cabbage Patch Show coming the O’keefe Centre (Now the Sony Center) downtown Toronto. Along with the ad, there was a colouring contest where the winner would win a new Cabbage Patch doll, a lunchbox, four tickets to the Cabbage Patch play and dinner at the Organ grinder. All you had to do was color a picture of a Cabbage Patch doll and hope you won. I took this contest to heart! I was so desperate to win that I spent hours on it. I stayed in the lines, I took my time, and I was meticulous when I chose the colors that were to be use. I literally put my heart and soul into the contest. Of course, my three year old sister wanted to enter the contest too. She walked in the room, grabbed the closest crayon, coloured…er…scribbled a few lines, then announced she was done. My Mom mailed both entries off the contest head quaters and guess who won? That’s right my sister! I was devastated. How to could someone win with scribbles? Here I spent so much time and effort and she spent literally three seconds and WON!! It turns out the contest was not a colouring contest but rather a random draw (or at least that is what my Mom tells me to this day to ease my wounded ego!). My sister winning was actually a great thing because I got to experience a magical Cabbage Patch night with her! Although, I didn’t get a new friend, I got to see the Cabbage Patch Kids Live and have an amazing dinner at the Organ grinder. In the end, it is the memory, not the material things, that matter.
The history of Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids, originally called “Little People”, first originated in 1978. An American art student Xavier Roberts, created these dolls out of cloth and sold them at local craft shows, then later at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia. The dolls were the most popular toy fad of the 80’s and still holds the spot of the longest running doll franchise in America.
The Story behind the Cabbage Patch Kids
Xavier Roberts,a ten-year-old boy, discovered the Cabbage Patch Kids by following a BunnyBee behind a waterfall into a magical valley, where he found the Cabbage Patch babies being born. To keep them from falling into the clutches of the evil Lavendar McDade (and being enslaved in her gold mine), he sought to get them adopted into the homes of loving families outside of Mount Yonah. (Wikipedia)
This year marks the 30th anniversary for the Cabbage Patch Kid! To celebrate, Cabbage Patch has released 30th Birthday Celebration Kids. These dolls are 14 inches in size and look, smell and remind me of the original dolls. Each doll comes with a special birthday treat, Cup-cake Hair Comb accessory for girls and Fashion Glasses for boys. In keeping up with the times, the Cabbage Patch Kids have ditched the classic yarn look, for new updated the nylon hair with color highlights. Still stamped with Xavier Roberts birthmark on their bottoms, these are the same kids we all know and love.
When I heard it was Cabbage Patch Kid’s 30th birthday, I knew I wanted to share this special moment with my daughter and present her a Cabbage Patch Kid of her own. Here’s the introduction:
The minute I opened the Cabbage Patch Kid’s box and inhaled the familiar baby powder smell, I was brought back to my childhood. Although the hair has changed and the clothing is updated, these dolls are exactly how I remembered them. They have the friendly, cherub faces that you just want to kiss, the soft body perfect for snuggling and a smile that lets you know they are own special friend. Its magical to see my DD2 imagine with her new friend, Chloe, the way I use to when I was a child.
Cabbage Patch Kids are the perfect present for any girl on your holiday shopping list! Wrap up a smile, a friend, and lifetime of memories under the tree this year!
You could win a Cabbage Patch Kid of your very own!
Beginning November 1st, when you join the Cabbage Patch Kids online community by liking the Jakks Pacific FB page and share your memories and post pictures, you will be entered! Each day, they will randomly select one winner to receive a 30th anniversary Cabbage Patch Doll.