12 Days of Holly Jolly Holidays: A Disney Tradition

THP is psyched to welcome Sarah of Running at Disney. Today she is sharing her favorite Disneyish holiday tradition with us!

For as long as I can remember, my dad and I have alwayswatched the Disney Christmas Day Parade. It has become a Christmas morning must-do over the years.Even though I am now happily married and longgone from the house, my husband and I spend Christmas Eve night at my dad’shouse every year.  Christmas morningusually has a lazy start since we stay up very late the night before openingpresents and having lots of laughs.  Wewill begin the morning with fresh ground coffee and Dad will make his worldfamous pancakes and thick-cut bacon. We’ll take our breakfast to the living room, plop down on the couch andenjoy the parade while we revel over the gifts we opened the night before.

For almost 30 years, the Disney Christmas Day Parade hasbeen a Christmas morning staple on television. Kids all over the country have grown up watching Mickey Mouse march downMain Street USA with toy soldiers and Santa Claus in tow. This televised parade has definitely changedover the years. It was originally knownas The Walt Disney World Very MerryChristmas Parade and aired live on Christmas morning. From the early days, I recall seeing manyclips from attractions around the park in addition to the parade, which wouldentice us to want to take another trip and sparked a lot of begging on my part.

Since then the parade has changed names twice, first to the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Paradeand most recently to the Disney ParksChristmas Day Parade which now includes Disneyland and the other resortsaround the world. The format has alsochanged quite a bit. It is now recordedin early December and then broadcast on Christmas morning. They also seem to be including morecelebrities to the festivities each year.

Once again, Nick Cannon will be hosting this year’s parade, alongwith Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos. Someof the musical guests are Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Cee Lo Green andJustin Bieber. We can also look forwardto a performance from the Broadway cast of MaryPoppins and an appearance from Disney fan favoriteSamantha Brown from the new Aulani resort in Hawaii. And last but not least, I’m most excitedabout a special appearance by some of the Muppets including Kermit the Frog,Gonzo, and Statler and Waldorf, who will be heckling the crowd from high aboveMain Street USA!

So I know where I’ll be this Christmas morning. Curled up in front of a fire in my PJs,eating my dad’s famous pancakes and watching the Biebs belt out some Christmastunes in front of Cinderella’s Castle.

I hope you will be too!

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