World Doll Day was established on June 14, 1986 by a lovely lady named Mildred Seeley, to celebrate not only dolls, but caring, nurturing love and the people offering it, in general. This day is symbolised by Boots Tyner’s logo depicting a child holding a bisque doll, as a symbol of the significance of dolls in early childhood for both girls and boys.
The day is traditionally celebrated by giving a doll to someone, anyone, child or adult, but whichever way you want to proceed with the festivities is up to you. Granted, dolls are much cheaper and more accessible now than they used to be, and children don’t care much if they’re made of porcelain or plastic, as long as they have long hair. Still, it’s nice to at least remember the dolls and toys that may have come your way throughout your life, the people who gave them to you and the message they conveyed.
Newer generations may miss out on the chance to care for a mini-version of themselves, and little girls nowadays are more preoccupied with other aspects of life, such as manicures and fashion, than they are with nurturing for young ones. Luckily, it’s not frowned upon these days for boys to play with dolls, and so the tradition of giving a doll could still carry on for generations to come.