Decorating for Christmas. That’s what everyone was doing.
Ellie and Jasmine put up decorations in the sitting room.
Molly was the first to get the box of ornaments and silver beads from the attic.
Chloe adored the long beads and chattered about how she was going to string them creatively on the tree.
Josefina sat near the tree and fluffed its branches.
Cécile, Katy Christine, and Emelie were working together to string the lights from the top bunks.
Even my sister Del was being mildly helpful instead of totally destructive.
Me? I shook my head and squinted at the screen. I had to finish editing my photos!
“Taryn!” Del shouted from the top bunk. “You wanna help decorate instead of slave away on your computer?”
The lights slipped from her hand and Cécile, Katy, and Emelie all shouted until she grabbed them.
“Apologies on the lights’ behalf,” Del said. “They couldn’t handle my awesomeness.”
“I’m busy,” I said. “I made a personal goal that I would have these photos edited, and I’m sticking to it.”
“But it’s literally Christmastime and we’re decorating. Don’t you want to be part of the fun?”
I sighed. I did want to be part of the fun.
But my photography was important to me, and I had gotten behind on editing this batch. I promised myself I would finish today.
How was I supposed to know the entire household was going to decorate for Christmas today? Cécile had already made us all get dressed in our Christmas best for photos, wasn’t that enough festivity for one day?
“Sis, please?” Del said.
That made me look right at her. I loved when she called me sis. As immature as she seemed sometimes, she was my big sister, and I looked up to her.
It reminded me of one of the most painful times Del had asked me something with such sincerity: five years ago.
On Christmas Day I’d been sent away from the orphanage—away from Del—to live with everyone here. She had asked me to stay strong.
I missed her so badly, I broke out of the house and almost ran away.
All I wanted was to be together with her for Christmas, but I didn’t see her again for months before she finally came to live with us.
I bit my lip. I would have given anything to be together with Del for Christmas.
And now she was here, and had been, for multiple Christmases.
How many of them had I taken for granted?
I slammed my laptop shut. “Anything for you, sis.”
I hopped out of my desk chair. “Ready to help!” I said.
Molly beamed. “Taryn, you’re here! Want to help us decorate the Christmas tree?”
I grinned. “I know exactly what this tree needs!”
“Be right back.” I ducked under my desk and pulled a long string out.
Molly laughed. “You’re all tangled.”
I laughed, too. And it was a lot more fun than making my photo editing deadline.
We decorated the tree until Cécile stepped back and said, “It’s time to put the star on. Katy, Del, you two are still the newest, so you can put the star on again.”
“Again.” Del grinned and scampered down the ladder from adjusting the lights. “We’ve been the newest here for, like, four years. I think it’s high time we added someone else to the—”
Ellie glared at Del. Del just waggled her eyebrows.
Del dragged furniture over to the tree despite Cécile’s protests. Katy and Del climbed on top of the furniture and wobbled a bit, but they grasped the star together.
“On three!” Del shouted.
Katy nodded. “One—”
Katy and Del shoved the star on top of the tree. It was crooked, but Del was beaming. “Nobody does a better job at this than us, K.C.”
They climbed down—without crashing, miraculously—and we all gathered around the tree to admire our efforts. Del stood next to me.
I scooted closer to her and leaned my head against hers. “I’m glad you’re here,” I said, quietly.
We both gazed at the tree.
“Me too, sis.”
It was going to be a very merry Christmas this year. ♥
MERRY CHRISTMAS, my dearest friends!
Gosh, you all mean so, so much to me and I love you all so much.
I got some wonderful Christmas gifts today (including a new doll!) and I will definitely tell you all about them in an upcoming post sometime!
Taryn’s story about things coming full circle reminds me a lot of my own life and how God has brought conflicts I’ve faced almost full circle as well.
This year I’ve reflected on how grateful I am for where I’m at in my recovery journey, for all of you, and being able to post here again.
It wasn’t like this for the past three Christmases—I was too sick to do any of this, and I missed it dearly. I love you all!
I’m excited to see what posts I’ll make in the new year and how my posting schedule might change.
I have a lot of work to do to prepare for Bible college in the fall, but there will always be time for my dolls!
So don’t worry—I’ll still be around, things may just look different!
Reminder for the Christmas card exchange: I can still reply to your card even if I get it after Christmas!
I’ve had so much fun sending cards back to you all and I have LOVED everything you’ve sent me. It truly makes my day each time I check the P.O. box and see your cards arrive!
The winner of the Who Has the Best Christmas Outfit? poll: There were a total of 90 votes, and the winner—who won by only one vote!—was ELLIE!
I’m so glad you all liked her outfit, especially because of how apprehensive I was about it at first!
Second place was Molly and third was Jasmine.
Del, as you can imagine, is extremely unhappy about having lost to both Ellie and Jasmine, but I’m sure she’ll get her revenge somehow. ?
Other Christmas posts: Still in the Christmas mood?
You should definitely check out:
My Christmas AGSM from 2015, O Christmas Tree
My Christmas AGSM from 2013, A Christmas Miracle
My dolls’ hilarious Christmas antics from 2016, The Countdown Chronicles – Events 1-15
Even more of my dolls’ hilarious Christmas antics from 2016, Silent Night – Yeah, Right!
The famous Christmas Craft Collab, CCC Recap & the Final Countdown Chronicles
Year two of the famous Christmas Craft Collab, Christmas Craft Collab Recap 2017
The photostory series mentioned in this post, I’ll Be Home for Christmas if Only in My Dreams
Another Christmas photostory series starring Del and Katy, The Secret Santa Disaster
And PLENTY more in the Christmas post category!
Tonight, I will be watching the Samantha movie I got for Christmas in 2015! I haven’t seen it since around that time (six years!), so I’m really excited to view it again.
I’ve rewatched all of the other main historical AG movies this year (Felicity, Kit, Molly) so I’m excited to finish it off with this one! Perfect holiday movie. ;)
This is me and the new doll I got! Can you guess who? No hints… just the photo!
I love you so much, and never forget Jesus loves you!
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Merry Christmas, my friends! How was yours?
hMmMm I wOnDeR wHaTcHa gOt
HMMMM I WONDER
Btw don’t mind me having a crisis at u starting college in the fall how dare u age I feel old I need to sit down
You think YOU’RE having a crisis? ??
Nope, but good guess!
maybe i’m just going crazy or have jess bias but i think you got jess >:)
DING DING DING we have a winner!! I’m so happy and excited to have her in my collection — she is absolutely stunning!
Oh, I know what you got. >:)
Oh yes you do. >:)
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NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU GOT
hehehehehe Jess is beautiful!
SORA AND JESS?
I love Taryn’s and Del’s relationship! So cute! Merry Christmas all!
Sora and Jess aaaand… I got a secondhand TLC Kanani over the summer! I recently fixed her up and found the perfect lookalike wig for her — I hope to introduce her soon!
Thank you so much, Apple! I hope you had a very merry Christmas! Your support this year has meant SO much to me, and I love seeing your comments! I hope you have the happiest New Year!
Hmmmm… I’m guessing Jess? I can’t wait to see who you got! Merry Christmas!
YES! You’re correct! I can’t wait to take photos of her! ?
Aw this is so cute! The photography is so beautiful and the dolls are adorable ❤️?
Thank you so much, Emily! I’m so so happy you liked it! ❤️
Merry Christmas All! I LOVE the photography on this post! And Jess is such a cute doll! I also LOVE the Samantha AG movie! I watch it over and over again! Thank you Madi!
I also have a blog if anyone would like to check it out: beyondnaturesmeadow.blogspot.com
Thanks again and Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas!! Thank you so much — I’m really happy you liked the post! And YES, the Samantha move is so, so good — my parents loved it!
I love your blog! I just followed it! Thank you so much for commenting, it is so nice to meet you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Oh my goodness, I love Taryn’s hair!!! Do you have a tutorial for it? I was going to guess Jess, and i was 99% sure I would be right, but then I saw someone else had already guessed her. :) Yay!
The tutorial is actually from a YouTube channel here! https://youtu.be/jIK7Fj4SMgM
And YES, you are right! I’m so excited to take photos of Jess!
That doll has to be Jess. Well, that was my first guess, then I read the comments, and so I know I’m correct. ?
Christmas was pretty good, other then being a little sick, it was good.
I love reading your posts!! Can’t wait for you to introduce the new dolls!!
You are correct! ?? I’m so excited to have her — she is in really great condition!
I’m so glad your Christmas was good! And I hope you feel better soon. I had a sore throat last Christmas, very not fun. ?
Aww thank you so much Haley! I can’t wait to introduce them!
*gasps* Jess? You got Jess? She’s soooo adorable!
For Christmas I got TM 84, who looks pretty similar to Jess. It’s my first doll in *counts mentally* about seven years, and she’s so beautiful!
Merry Christmas (even though it’s a day late)!
I sure did!! And oh my goodness, I almost asked for #84! She is SO gorgeous, but I decided to get an older doll because I liked the older AG molds more! I’m so glad you got #84, she is so beautiful!
Merry late Christmas! (I got your lovely card by the way—reply coming soon!)
This was so sweet, and I hope you had a Merry Christmas, Madison. My guess is that you got Z?
Thank you so much, Quinley! I hope you had a very merry Christmas as well! Good guess, very close in looks!
Thank you so much for checking out my blog! I appreciate it so much! I recently started it so I’m trying to get others to check it out as well!
But I don’t think that my blog accepted you follow :( So I added a Follow button to the sidebar on my blog so would you mind trying once more to click Follow? It should be right under my Profile.
Thank you soooooooooooooo much Madi! Any type of activity on my blog counts!
Again I really liked you recent post! :)
I’m so sorry I never responded to this! I tried visiting your blog just now, but it says it’s deleted. If you have a new blog I would love to follow it!!
This post is so adorable! Great job!!
Thank you so so much, Brooklyn!
Merry Christmas Madi! It feels good to see you posting on Christmas again!
Hmmmmmmmmm I have ABSOLUTELY no idea what doll you’ve gotten! I mean…it’s not like I follow you on Instagram of anything… ;)
ALSO YOU HAVE LITERALLY LIKE SO MANY DOLLS TO INTRODUCE ON THE BLOG…I think it’s like, um…6?
Aww thank you Diamond! AND MAN YOU MUST BE TOTALLY IN THE DARK, HUH?! XD
GIRL I KNOW RIGHT. I still need to finish the Mission Sora photostory to fully introduce her, and then 35th anniversary Felicity Molly and Sam probably won’t be in the DWOD fam, but then I still have to introduce Kanani and Jess… AHHHH :’)
What an adorable and heartwarming photo series story! I’m so glad you had the energy for it this year. Congrats on getting Jess as well!
I’m so sorry I never replied to this, Rebekah — I truly thought I had! Thank you so, so much! <3
Yay! I’m so excited to get your card!
Merry Christmas! I loved this photo story, thanks for sharing it!
Thank you so so much, Leighanne!
WAIT- ELLIE WON??? WHAT??? I voted for her-
Great pictures btw!!!
Ellie truly appreciates the vote!! XD Thank you so much, Victoria!!
I love your scenes. I am guessing that you got Jess.
I got Addy and Kit for Christmas.
You’re correct, Jayne! And CONGRATULATIONS! I loooove Addy and Kit!
Nice photos! I know this is late for me to say but still, Merry (late) Christmas! I hope you do many more posts yet for the new year, I love reading all of your posts! Merry Christmas!
Also I made a blog and it would mean a lot if you would look at it :)
Here’s the link: https://jessicaandlea.wordpress.com/
Merry late Christmas and happy New Year, Brooklyn! Thank you so much for telling me about your blog, I am so happy you created one!
Hi Madison! I love your doll room Christmas Decorations! Can you please check out my blog post: https://americangirldollschatclub.blogspot.com/2021/12/happy-one-year-anniversary-to-american.html
Thank you!-Grace Thomas
Thank you so much, Grace! I sure can!
This was so sweet! Merry late Christmas! I was reading through the comments, congrats on getting Jess!
Merry late Christmas and happy New Year, Annabelle!! <3 Thank you so so much! I am so in love with her!
Merry Late Christmas Madi! I can’t wait to see what doll you got! This post was super sweet and totally got me into the Christmas spirit (even though it’s after Christmas)
Merry late Christmas, Hailey! I can’t wait to post her! And I am so glad you liked it, thank you so much! <3
Merry Christmas, Madi! Cheers to the New Year!
Merry late Christmas, Laura! I hope you’re having a great new year!
Thank you! Happy New Year! Also, I go by Laura Beth or LB, not Laura :)
Oops, so sorry, Laura Beth!
Ah, I got your card! You should’ve heard my gasp when I saw it.?
The calligraphy on there is beautiful! Actually, the whole thing is gorgeous. Thanks so much for doing this exchange!
AWW YAY YAY YAY! I am so happy you liked it, and thank you so much for participating in the exchange! <3
I think you got Jess McConnell!
When are going going to show her to us?
Thank you for commenting on my blog! -Grace
I hope to show her to you guys very soon!
Happy New Year! Cute post, looking forward to seeing what my favorite doll bloggers do this year. And fingers crossed I can keep up myself with my own blog.
Happy New Year, Flo! I can’t wait to see all the wonderful doll content people put out this year either!
Veeeeerrry late here, but I hope you had a great Christmas :) The photostory gave me some major AG nostalgia. Also, a spontaneous idea for you- what about an interview series with now retired doll bloggers? A kind of where-they-are-now-type thing. I think it’d be cool to see where everyone moved on to. Just an idea of course :)
Hey Natalie! Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry. I didn’t know that I never replied to this! I love that idea — I still keep in touch with some old doll bloggers and it’s really cool to see what they’re up to now! Thanks for commenting, Natalie, and sorry I’m just now responding to it!! ❤️
Hi, from the dolls behind Dolls In Motion Studios 17! (Well, the two of us anyway)
A new doll? Yay! We’re SO happy for you! Also, BTW, we have a cousin named Jess, the same doll you just got-how exciting! We can’t wait to see Jess in your photostories, and maybe even a stop motion!❤️Our favorite video you’ve made so far is the Runaway Princess-we’ve watched it about ten times! But we also love The Goodbye, Superspy Chloe, Sweet Spring Days, and all your other videos-including Fame Isn’t Everything! BTW, will you please check out our YouTube channel? Thanks!
Hi Ashley and Amber! It’s so good to hear from you! Thank you so much! It’s so cool you have a cousin named Jess too. ? And I’m SO glad to hear you liked my videos! That means so much and makes my day! I would love to check out your channel, do you have a link to it? Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! ♥️
Hi Madi – Here is the link to one of our videos. If you enjoy, you can find more from our studio that we started recently.
It was great to hear from you! ?
Thank you so much for the link! I subscribed to your channel! ♥️♥️
Hello Madison! It is Grace Thomas! I am wondering why did you unfollow my blog? Thank you!
Hi Grace, I didn’t unfollow your blog. I’m still subscribed via my WordPress Reader. ?
Thank you so much for subscribing to our channel! That means so much to us! Thank you!!❤️❤️❤️
How are all your dolls? And mini dolls? And doll pets? And how are you? (Happy Valentines Day, BTW!)
We can’t wait for your next post! You are such an awesome writer and photographer-speaking of which, how is your book coming along? It’s super exciting! We hope to be writers too someday! ?????????
We love your blog! It is so awesome and cool and great and amazing and perfect and well done and everything!
Once again, Happy Valentines Day! And please say hi to all your dolls for us! (And tell Del Ashley can’t wait for her to do another demolition of the food court or something. And tell Chloe she is awesome. And tell Jess we can’t wait to see her on your blog. Maybe you could do a Jess POV about what she thinks of the doll family. Or what she thinks of Del.)
Hope to comment again soon! Bye!?
P.S. Hope you feel better soon and God bless you and your family! Thank you for doing what you do! Remember you are a princess in God’s eyes. Have a blessed day!!?
Aww, you are so welcome! Apologies for the super late reply, I have been crazy busy! Thank you so much for your amazing comment, I absolutely love it. My book is coming along great. I hope to start outlining for the sixth draft soon — lots of edits! I’m so glad you like my blog, that means so much and makes me so happy! THANK YOU <3 And, my dolls give a BIG collective wave to you guys! How they orchestrated that I don't know, but Del definitely messed it up and everyone groaned at her. XD Chloe says that YOU guys are the awesome ones, and Jess gives a heartfelt thank-you and that she can't wait to make a post someday!
P.S. Thank you so much!! God bless you guys abundantly! <3
Would you please follow my blog Madi? It would mean so much!
Beyond Natures Meadow
Hey! Of course — I’m following your blog via my WordPress Reader!
Sorry! I thought you did! When are you going to make another post?
I hope to make one soon, hopefully this month! I have been super busy with my senior year of high school — I don’t love my dolls any less, I just haven’t had a lot of time to make posts. <3
Does anyone have any advice on cameras/photography?
I have a camera that takes perfectly fine photos, especially since I’ve started prioritizing lighting, but I’ve been looking for a camera with aperture/shutter speed priority, which my current one doesn’t have.
I use a Canon camera and absolutely love it. I highly recommend them. And although I haven’t used this myself, I’ve heard that a Canon T3i Rebel or something is a good starter camera. (Mine is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II) I hope that helps!
Can you do another giveaway? I have a blog (not half as big as yours) what is your favorite American girl doll ever?
What is your blog? I would love to follow it! And I don’t have any giveaways planned right now, but I usually do one every November — no promises, but keep a look out for one maybe then! And my favorite American Girl doll… that’s so hard!!! I love Molly, Samantha, and Felicity, and also Joss and Lea and Truly Me #62… okay, that’s really hard! Haha! What about you? Thanks so much for commenting, it’s so nice to meet you!
Hello! How are you doing? Can you please give me some tips on how to be more motivated to post on my blog and how to get more views? Thanks!
Hey Grace! The best way to stay motivated, in my opinion, after almost 10 years of blogging is just to HAVE FUN. The fun and joy of blogging is where the motivation is. If you’re not having fun with a post, and you don’t HAVE to make it… don’t make it. Post what you want to post. Post what brings you joy. Post what comes naturally to you. Post what is the most fun to post. When you focus on having fun, the joy that brings you will also bring all the motivation. As for how to get more views, stay consistent and also stay true to you! When you’re having fun and posting what YOU want to post, you will find your tribe. You will find people who love your content and what you post — but only if YOU love it first. It will all come as long as you focus on the joy of creating and blogging! I hope that helps. Thanks for commenting, I love seeing your comments!
My blog is called American girl family, my favorite doll is probably addy or Lea
Do you have a link for it? I’d love to follow it! And those are such beautiful dolls — I have Lea but Addy is on my wishlist! ❤️
I don’t have a link but just search Americangirlfamily.Wordpress.com on safari. I actually don’t have Lea but I just love her hair, eyes, complexion! Everything about her she is just beautiful! I was going to get her when she was girl of the year but I never got a chance, she goes for A LOT on eBay! But I did get a doll that looks similar to Lea but she isn’t American girl. Sorry if my comment is to looooooooong
Thanks so much! I followed your blog! I hope you can get Lea one day. She really is an amazing doll! I know a lot of American Girl stuff is sold on Mercari and Poshmark, too. If you check frequently you can find some great deals. And no worries, your comment isn’t too long at all! I love your comments! ❤️
Hi, Madi! I just wanted to say thank you so much for being a huge inspiration to me! I love to write on my blog about my dolls often and I also have a YouTube channel and Tiktok for them. You have really made me want to become better at photography and write more photo stories. My dolls help me a lot when things are hard, and looking at your blog also makes me very happy!
Me and my dolls hope you and your dolls are well! 😀
This comment made my entire day! I’m so glad you stopped by and I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy my blog! Thank you so much — that means a lot to me! What is your blog? I would LOVE to follow it! My dolls and I wish you and your dolls an absolutely awesome day! ❤️
Of course, here is the link!
Thank you so much! 😀💞
Thank you so much for the link! I just followed!! 💞
Thank you so much! 😀💖
When are you going to make more posts?
I hope to post super soon! I’ve been pretty busy this semester but since I just graduated high school, I have a little more time for hobbies. I have a lot of photos I haven’t posted yet!
Oh well how was high school? I’m in middle school so graduating high school seams a long way away! Can’t wait for you to post more!
It was really fun! I’m homeschooled but I did a lot of really fun classes and activities with my homeschool group. I hope you enjoy middle school! That’s a super fun time, too! And I can’t wait to make a post soon! ❤️ Hope you’re having an awesome day!
Thanks madi! You’re so sweet! Today is Kirsten’s birthday in the books! My Kirsten says hi to yours! “Hi!” -Kirsten Wilson! Are you enjoying summer? Do you do any sports?
You’re welcome! And aww I love Kirsten! She has a really good mystery I read one time too that I loved!
Opps! I meant to say my Molly says hi to yours! Guess I was just thinking about Kirsten!
Hahaha! No worries! My Molly says hi to yours, too!
Molly: Hi other-me! I do gymnastics and I love it! Do you do any sports?
My Molly: hi other me! How are you?
Madi did you see that American girl doesn’t have any truly me’s with bangs and only one with red hair!
Molly: I am doing just jolly! How are you doing?
I know! Isn’t it so sad? I loved the Truly Mes with bangs! :(
I do competitive gymnastics I really enjoy it and I might do cheer next fall! I have done basketball for 3, years ballet/tap for 5 years, gymnastics for 7 years, soccer for 1 year, and I like to run and do yoga so I do/ have done MANY sports! ;)
Oh wow, I love that!! I’ve done a little bit of gymnastics, ballet, and tap too! Definitely not a lot though. Hehe, I wish I was as sporty as you! If you do cheer, I hope you enjoy it! It sounds super fun!
Do you not have your blog anymore? I went to look but it didn’t work.
I’d love it if anyone here would check out my blog! adventuresofagdolls.wordpress.com
(this is i💜writing by the way)
I just followed! I can’t wait for your posts!! 💕
Thanks for the follow, Madi!🥰
Just found your comment! I’ll go check it our rn!
Guess what madi I I’m playing camp with my dolls! I took tons of pictures and might post them on my blog
Awww I love that! That’s so fun! If you post the pictures, let me know! I’d love to see them!!
Ok so you know how you made your Molly look brand new well i did that with 2 of my dolls today! They were glitter girls i had so much fun! What grade are you going into?
Awww that’s amazing! Do you have any before and after pictures of them? I would love to see! And I’m actually graduated from high school now!
By the way happy early birthday I would wish it to you in the 27th but I’m gonna be gone at camp so happy birthday! 🎁🎈🎉🧁🍦🍭
Awwww thank you so much!! That means so much to me! ❤️ I hope you have a wonderful time at camp!!
This is May. Which one did you get…Please tell.
I got Jess McConnell, Girl of the Year 2006!