Anne Estelle and Georgia are much too young to belong to the category of antique dolls, but they begged me to show you their costumes! Aren’t they just bewitching?
Did you know that the American holiday of Hallowe’en comes to us from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? This festival was held on October 31st, the Celtic New Year’s Eve. It is a magical time when the veil between the worlds is thin. On this night, the ghosts of the dead could visit their former homes for a brief reunion. Supernatural creatures, such as fairies and goblins, walk abroad on this night. Be Scareful!
Of course, All Hallow’s Eve is the precursor of All Saint’s Day on November 1st, and All Soul’s Day on November 2nd. For centuries, the souls of the dead have been remembered and prayed for on this day. This was the day Victorian families visited the cemetery, offered prayers, and reflected on the sweetness, or shortness, of life.
On a different note, Here is a quick preview of Mary Morgan’s blue raw silk frock in progress:
And, it will soon be time for me to introduce to you an amazing American folk doll.
Wishing you a most nostalgic Autumn holiday!