It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Christmas holidays are finally upon us and it is indeed a favorite time for the gals at This Happy Place Blog. It’s very easy to get swept up in the holiday craze in a city that begins decorating itself in late October, but now that we are officially in December, we don’t have to hide the Christmas music on our iPods (I blast Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” on a daily basis) or our glitter Christmas jewelry. (I’m getting a flashback of Molly Shannon in the Santa Clause 2. We’re not as crazy as she was, thankfully!)
Coming from a small family, I really don’t have major traditions set in stone. When I was younger, my parents would take me to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and afterwards, we’d visit the lovely tree in Rockefeller Center. My mom liked to eat roasted nuts from the street vendors and we’d check out the Macy’s holiday window displays. I always got to open my presents on Christmas Eve (it astounded me that some kids had to wait until Christmas morning!) and my television would bounce back and forth from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to “A Christmas Story” to my favorite, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”
While these early traditions have somewhat disappeared over time, my family and I always reminisce about them at the dinner table on Christmas Eve with promises of reinstating them the following year. Work and school commitments always seem to deter our plan, but I prefer it that way. To me, those early years of putting on my best red velvet dress (don’t judge) and spending an evening in the city (when a trip to Manhattan was so exciting!) are some of the best memories I have. They’re protected in that golden bubble of youth and I really prefer to leave them there, untouched.
But just because I don’t have many Christmas traditions now doesn’t mean I don’t like to hear about other people’s traditions- especially when it has to do with Disney! We couldn’t afford trips to Disney World when I was younger, but my mom did try to incorporate Disney into Christmas when she could. We had Mickey stockings, ornaments, and decorations throughout the house. She’d buy me Mickey and Minnie holiday t-shirts and there was always a Disney Princess Barbie doll under the tree for me.
This December, Estelle and I want to know about YOUR traditions! What do you do with your family and friends every Christmas? How do you incorporate Mickey into your holidays? Are you one of those lucky people who travel to the world and attend the Christmas party or do you try to keep the Disney magic alive in your living room?
And in the tradition of giving gifts to friends, we’d like to offer a new giveaway! On one of our recent excursions to the Disney Store in Times Square, Estelle and I snagged two of the Jingle Smells Vinylmations- the Snowman and Candy Cane vinyls.
Pictures from Vinylnation.net
In order to win one of these sweet smelling collectibles, you must leave a comment here telling us about a Disney Christmas Tradition you share with your friends or family. It’ll be interesting to see all the different things we do during the holidays! As always, make sure you like us on Facebook and retweet this giveaway on Twitter (make sure you let us know you did these things when you leave the comment!). Then your name will be in the running! We will be choosing two lucky winners on Monday, December 12th!Estelle and I are really looking forward to reading about your holiday traditions! Good luck and remember- only 22 shopping days left!