Friday, December 21, 2012

Dreaming of a Disney Christmas

Christmas and Disney - two of my absolute favorite topics brought together in one post.  I am so excited to be talking about how we dream of a Disney Christmas.  I would love to spend Christmas in Walt Disney World, but since I know that isn't necessarily an option with my husband's job, I have found many ways to bring a little Disney into our home each Christmas.

Our centerpiece of a Disney Christmas for us is our Disney tree.  We have a Christmas tree solely decorated with Disney lights, ornaments and a Minnie Mouse tree topper.  But that isn't what makes it special.  What makes it special are the ornaments we have collected over the years to commemorate magical moments during our Disney vacations with each of our children.

Ornaments are my favorite souvenirs because they bring back such wonderful memories, and we reminisce as a family as we place each one on the tree.  Our very first of these is the Chip and Dale ornament we purchased for Joey on his first trip.  We took him to our first character meal at Cape May Cafe, and the interactions he had with Chip and Dale are by far my favorite of all my Disney memories.  Every time Joey puts that ornament on our tree, I remember his smile and laugh as he played peek a boo with his two favorite chipmunks when he was just 14 months old.  It's funny because he was too little to remember but he knows the story and now refers to Chip and Dale as his best buds.  On our last trip, he even asked them if he remembered him from when he had breakfast with them when he was a baby and pinched their noses.  It was a very special moment!

Throughout the season from Thanksgiving until New Year's, we are constantly playing our Disney's Magical Fireplace DVD.  We do not have a real fireplace, but this is an excellent substitute, and even better, it never needs to be cleaned out.  We listen to the carols and the kids keep their eyes out for any Disney fun that may occur in the fire from Maleficent turning the flames green to Mickey ears fireworks exploding above or even favorite characters popping in and out of the screen.  The kids always try to be the first person to spot any changes on the screen.  It reminds me much of our Disney vacations because you never know what little detail you may find as you stroll through the parks.  Maybe this magical fireplace is even good practice for spotting Hidden Mickeys!

Christmas Eve day is one of my favorite days of the Christmas season.  The kids and I spend the entire day making our cookies for Santa, building gingerbread houses and Hayley traditionally makes a significant number of homemade cards for Santa, Mrs. Santa, the elves and the reindeer.  Our cookies for Santa are always Mickey Mouse snowmen.  My mom found this cookie cutter at Walgreens for less than $2, and it quickly became the immediate choice for our cookies for Santa.  Even better, our Mickey snowman cookies are served on our Mickey and Minnie "Cookies for Santa" plate and mug, which we happened to purchase last trip and surprised the kids on our Trim-A-Tree day with it.  Even our Elf on the Shelf, Max, loved it!

So though spending Christmas in Walt Disney World is just a dream for us, we have certainly brought Disney to our Christmas traditions.  I look forward to someday seeing snow on Main Street and attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party, but for now, our dreams of a Disney Christmas are coming true in our family traditions and Christmas celebrations right here at home.

From my family to yours, we hope that you enjoy every moment this season 
with the people you love.

11 comments:

Heidi Strawser said...

Christmas at your house sounds like lots of Disney fun! Your tree is gorgeous!

DisneyDonnaKay said...

What wonderful Christmas traditions Beth!! I hope you and your family have a Magical Merry Disney Christmas!! Hugs!!

Deb @ Focused on the Magic said...

What a magical Christmas! Your tree is so beautiful!! Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!♥

Bruce Brodsky said...

I just love your tree, and the Magical Fireplace is such as great idea I need to get that recording for next year. We did add the Monorail around the tree this year and bought a Mickey/Minnie tree skirt on our trip for next year. Plus your Christmas Eve accouterments truly add a magical touch.

Beth Green said...

That's so much fun. you're an amazing mom and I know you make Christmas very special for your three! Maybe one day we can take all our kids to WDW for Christmas together! ;)

Beth D. said...

Thank you, Heidi! The more Disney we can squeeze in the better! :-) Even better, Santa brings us lots of Disney gifts too!

Beth D. said...

I hope you and your family had a great Christmas too, Donna Kay!

Beth D. said...

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas too, Deb! Our Disney tree is still up. I love it, but probably should get it down before spring! :-)

Beth D. said...

Bruce, the Magical Fireplace is a must! It also makes a very nice background for our pictures too! Of course, we have a 57" tv, so the "fireplace" is quite large!

Beth D. said...

That would be SO fun, Beth! I can only imagine how great that would be! Hope you had a great Christmas!

Dizdutch said...

Great post