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Welcome to those of you joining me from Can Do It Mom AKA Mouse Fan Diane and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.
I am just thrilled to be taking a ride on the brand new PEACH Blogorail Loop this month (not to be confused with the ORANGE loop, of which I am a regular member)! They needed a fill-in and I was honored to step in!
Our topic is Celebrating Holidays in the Parks or Disney-style at Home. I’m certainly no expert in this area, but here goes . . .
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We have never actually visited Disney during any of the holidays. Long, long ago (in 1987, to be exact), Steve Birnbaum told me (via Birnbaum’s Guide to Walt Disney World) to avoid holidays at the parks (unless, of course, I wanted to face big crowds).
This has always stuck in the back of my mind (along with several other hints, tips, and suggestions that I read in that first-of-many Birnbaum’s guides). We’re a homeschooling family who can pretty much vacation anytime, so we do our best to work around those crowds.
That being said, however, the more that I hear and read about the holidays at Disney, the more I’d like to experience them – just once! I’d love to see Disney decked out in all its Christmas finery. I’d very much enjoy ringing in the New Year at my favorite place. And, despite the fact that I’m not a huge fan of Halloween, I’d like to see it at Disney (because Disney does everything right!) I’ll stick to summer holidays here in PA, where it’s not so hot!
But, since I don’t have any experiences to go on, I’m going with the 2nd half of the topic which is “Disney-Style at Home” . . .
Last year was a tough year for me and my family as we lost my best friend to cancer in March. I thought I’d be ok ‘til Christmas rolled around; but I wasn’t. I didn’t even feel like putting up our Christmas tree; and I especially didn’t feel like using all the old country-style ornaments that always adorned our tree (especially not the ones that Sue and I had worked to craft together). Yet, I knew that I needed to buck up and decorate for my kids. So, I went out and purchased ALL NEW ornaments for our tree. I wanted it to look totally different. I bought a bunch of the new bright, cheery ornaments in jewel tone colors (teal, purple, lime green, etc.) I even bought a new star for on top.
Despite the fact that I broke our tree stand and we had to tie our tree fast to the wall (see the jute in the picture above?!), I loved looking at our cheery, bright, Disney tree – and I can’t wait to decorate our (new) tree with these fun ornaments again this year. Plus, I hope to add more Disney ornaments as well!
Disney makes me happy and it helped make our Christmas much more special last year! What about you? Do you have any Disney-themed holidays that you like to celebrate? (I was going to talk about our new self-created Disney holidays, but my post is already pretty long – so I’ll save that for another time!)
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Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Peach this month. We will be back Tuesday, December 6th with an all new theme. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ 400 Miles to Disneyland
2nd Stop ~ Disney in our Blood
3rd Stop ~ Joanna and her Amazing Technicolor Interwebs
4th Stop ~ Can Do It Mom AKA Mouse Fan Diane
Final Stop ~ Heidi’s Head (you are here!)