During the Christmas season of 1983, thousands of parents stood in line for hours and often had to dodge fights in the hopes of snagging the toy that was on every girl’s Christmas list: a Cabbage Patch Kid.
According to the History of Cabbage Patch Kids, “a Cabbage Patch Kids doll was a 16-inch doll, usually with a plastic head, a fabric body, and yarn hair (unless it was bald). What made them so desirable, besides the fact that they were huggable, was both their supposed uniqueness and their adoptability.”
My mom tells the story of how she went to Davie, FL to stand in line for hours waiting for the shipment of Cabbage Patch Kids to come in. Once the shipment came in they went down the line and handed each person one Cabbage Patch Kid. After switching dolls with the woman behind her on Christmas morning I ended up with a dark-haired girl. I wish I could remember her name, but my mind is getting a little fuzzy on some of my childhood memories. They were all given first and last names in their adoption papers and I am pretty sure I still have the papers somewhere.
Here I am on Christmas morning at my grandparent’s house with my Cabbage Patch Kid.
You can still get Cabbage Patch Kids today. I actually saw some on sale at Target. They aren’t the hot ticket item that they used to be, but they are still a great gift for any little girl, or any ’80s fan. I still have both of mine. 🙂
One of the funniest things I’ve seen around the craft community is the crocheted yarn Cabbage Patch hat for babies. It is super funny and adorable and looks exactly like Cabbage Patch Kids hair. You can make your own thanks to Repeat Crafter Me‘s Crochet Cabbage Patch Doll Inspired Hat pattern.
Swing back by tomorrow for the letter “D”.