|Sofia was very excited about Christmas|
|Our view of the Choir area and organ just before the Christmas Procession service on Christmas Eve|
|Michael and Sofia in the choir stalls|
|Michael and Sofia walking along the choir stalls|
|The Nativity scene in the nave of Norwich Cathedral on Christmas Eve|
|Michael and Sofia peered through the railings at the Nativity Scene|
|Sofia and Michael with a Christmas Floral decoration and an angel in Norwich Cathedral|
|The Christmas Angels were much bigger than Sofia and Michael|
|The Advent wreath, Christmas trees and Nativity scene in the nave of Norwich Cathedral|
|The advent wreath suspended from the ceiling of the Cathedral was so pretty|
|The Advent wreath was decorated with lots of beautiful baubles|
|In the cloisters Michael and Sofia stared up at the floodlit spire of Norwich Cathedral on Christmas Eve|
The original 6 Kruselings consist of 4 girls (Luna - dark hair, Sofia - brown hair, Chloe - red hair, Joy - darker skin and curly hair and Vera - blond hair) and a blond boy (Michael). In my view there are never enough boy dolls made. It worries me that toy manufacturers perpetuate the idea that dolls are only to be played with by girls, stereotyping the types and genders of dolls produced along the lines of 'only girls will play with baby or child dolls' and the only time boys will be interested in dolls is when they play with 'action man' (the complement to Barbie or Sindy dolls), therefore most dolls made tend to be girl dolls and are sold in 'pink' aisles in toy stores. Some manufacturers are starting to realise that this creates a very unrealistic view of the world and limits the story lines which children can create with their dolls (the real world is not one gender only) so are starting to add boys to their commercial collections, but there are still are not enough boy doll characters made in proportion to the range of girl doll characters.
In a previous post I explained how I turned a Luna Kruseling into a boy for the Myanmar trip by cutting his hair.
I've gone further though - I subsequently bought the following to bring my Kruselings collection to 10 dolls of 5 girls and 5 boys:
- a second 'Sofia' (in a different outfit) and cut the hair to a shorter style and redressed and renamed the doll (Max)
- two 'Chloe' dolls (in different outfits) and cut the hair of one to a shorter style, then redressed and renamed the doll (Joshua)
- two 'Joy' dolls (in different outfits) and cut the hair of one to a wild shorter style, then made the boy a special outfit to commemorate a recent important sporting achievement for South African rugby and renamed the boy (Kolisi)
- the blond 'Vera' doll in her party dress to complement the blond haired 'Michael'
|Michael and Chloe decorate the doll sized Christmas tree|
|Joshua and Vera decorate the doll sized Christmas tree|
|Joshua and Vera|
|Max, Joshua and Vera|
|Zarni San, camel and Thet Khin relaxing on Christmas Eve|
|Max, Joshua, Vera, Michael, Chloe and Sofia with the Christmas tree|
I had bought Joy in her baseball outfit as I liked the detail, the outfit emphasises that Kruselings are very pose-able.
When the South African rugby team won the World Cup in 2019, although I'm not especially interested in rugby, I was inspired to commemorate this milestone (the third time SA have won the Championship) by making the 2019 team outfit in miniature. So I bought a second Joy (in the casual outfit with a yellow hoodie) and cut the doll's hair.
I made the shirt (and painted the badges on with fabric paint), the shorts, a pair of knitted socks and some rugby boots (Kruselings plastic shoes don't fit over the knitted socks). I bought an SA rugby ball key ring which was the perfect size for the scale. I named the doll Kolisi, which is the surname of the SA rugby team captain (Siya Kolisi), it resembles his young son more than it does him, as it aims to epitomise and celebrate how SA rugby has moved on from the days of apartheid SA when it was a whites only game.
|Kolisi in his SA rugby shirt, with painted badges on his right shoulder and chest|
|Kolisi in his miniature SA rugby shirt, showing the painted badges on the chest and left shoulder|
|Close up of Kolisi's miniature SA rugby ball|
|Kolisi the Kruseling in his SA rugby outfit|
|Kolisi and Joy - the sporty Kruselings - in Norwich at Christmas|
|My ever patient younger daughter setting up the Kruselings for their photo shoot in Norwich Cathedral|