Jodi Whisenhunt (6 Posts)

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Traditions – they are what make your holidays and events special. Adding Disney to those traditions can make your holidays even more magical. Even if you have a tradition that has been passed down for generations, it’s never too late to add a few new fun ones! This month, we will highlight some of our personal family traditions that show off our Disney side. Want to share yours as well? Read December – Holiday Traditions or email NDM130 for more information today! 

Merry Christmas in many languages

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel! Whatever language you speak, the holiday season is full of joy and merriment—especially when you add the magic of Disney to the mix.

My family absolutely loves this time of year. Now that we live near Walt Disney World, we can’t seem to get enough of the Christmas cheer that overflows from the Parks. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights has got to be our favorite part. I personally could stand right in the middle of Streets of America for hours admiring the sights and sounds. The best part is when the Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Carol of the Bells” comes on and the lights dance. It’s just spectacular!

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Of course, Magic Kingdom puts on an amazing Christmas offering too. The way Anna and Elsa celebrate the season by icing Cinderella Castle (with Guests’ permission, of course) literally lights up the night. We’re heading to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in a couple weeks. We’re taking my sister and niece with us this time, and they’ve never been to MVMCP before. They’ll be just like little kids again, I’m sure! I have to warn them not to catch snowflakes on their tongue though—yuck! (Florida “snow” is soap bubbles, in case you weren’t aware.)

Epcot Father Christmas Storyteller

Photo used by permission from WDWNews

Epcot’s Storytellers pique my curiosity. I only saw a couple of them last year, so I’m really looking forward to hearing all the different cultural tales this year. Last year Father Christmas in the United Kingdom Pavilion held us spellbound. It was like listening to the real Father Christmas. Perhaps it was? Germany’s Helga fascinates me, and I’m looking forward to the new Chinese Lion Dance.

Although Animal Kingdom is the least decorated, it is still very festive with an enormous Christmas tree in the plaza and a special Jingle Jungle Parade. It’s probably the most relaxed celebration of all the Parks, but we still find it special this time of year. And of course, Downtown Disney is decked out too! Santa greets Guests at his chalet near World of Disney, and the sparkling lights and tinsel everywhere help you almost—almost—forget about the construction walls.

We bring some Disney Christmas into our home too. Disney ornaments are starting to take over my tree, but I don’t mind at all. It makes me smile to spread joy to anyone who visits. You can add some Disney Christmas cheer to your home décor. Simply print out this Mickey Mouse paper snowflake template from Disney Family, and let it snow, let it snow, let it sonw! All you need is scissors, paper, and string.

Mickey Mouse Snowflakes

I hope you and your families have a very magical holiday season!

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