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Celebrating Christmas with Maplelea

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We’ve been fans of the Maplelea collection of dolls for awhile now. I was first introduced to them a few years ago when the brand approached me about doing a review. They sent my daughter, Bridget, the Nova Scotian doll, Jenna, and it was love at first sight for her. I saw how much Bridget was enjoying her new doll that I purchased another Maplelea Girl, Taryn from Alberta, so Jenna could have a friend. Over the last few weeks, another Maplelea Girl has joined Bridget’s collection, Léonie from Quebec.

Maplelea features a collection of premium play dolls that celebrate Canada’s spirit and identity. These are Canadian dolls made for Canadian children ages 6 to 12+ years of age. The Maplelea line includes both the Maplelea Girls and the Maplelea Friends. The Maplelea Girls like the one Bridget has, come with their own unique Canadian background. On the hand, with the Maplelea Friends, the child can create their own Canadian story with the doll.

The dolls are gorgeous. They are 18″ vinyl dolls with limbs that move and can be posed, eyes that open and shut and a wide range of skin, eye and hair colours. The Maplelea Girls are from six different regions across Canada including the Rockies, prairies, urban Ontario, the Maritimes, Quebec and northern Canada. They come with a unique outfit to match the doll’s interests and personality, a journal with the doll’s story and fun interactive prompts for the child to fill and a keepsake box for easy storage.

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Léonie, Bridget’s newest addition, hails from Quebec City. She has long, silky honey brown hair and pretty hazel eyes. She loves the latest fashions and strives to look her best. Léonie has a 64 page journal so Bridget can read her story and write one of her own too.

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Bridget said she wants to get a pair of red boots just like Léonie wears. Leonie’s boots are just a tad too small for her she says!

Léonie is decked out for the holidays with the Christmas Traditions playset. It includes many Canadian Christmas traditions to help get the doll into the holiday spirit. It includes

  • Christmas stocking
  • Santa hat
  • Elf slippers
  • Gingerbread man
  • Cany cane
  • Jingle bells
  • Three Christmas gift boxes
  • Four Christmas cards and envelopes
  • Collectible journal page
  • Blank journal page

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The journal pages can be added to the existing journal. The ones in this set show the different ways that Christmas is celebrated in other cultures. Bridget has been having fun dressing up her Maplelea Girls and having their own Christmas in front of the Christmas tree in our living room.

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Maplelea Girls and Maplelea Friends are $99 and the Christmas Traditions playset is $35 and can be purchased on the Maplelea website.

The Maplelea line is quality made and are toys your child can hang on to and treasure even when they are an adult as a keepsake from their childhood. Have a peek around their site and find a doll a special child in your life will love and cherish.

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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