Last Friday we took our annual Christmas trip to Disney. It was a blast. If you’ve never been to Disney at Christmastime, you’ve got to do it. Ideally before mid-December and avoiding the week of thanksgiving, unless you like crowds. But Disney at Christmas is truly magical. The parks have a whole different look (parts start decorating in August to get everything ready in time!) There are special Christmas shows, parades, and all kinds of fun.
We started out at Epcot.
Trying to talk Papa into another shoulder ride ;) We do lunch at Biergarten, the buffet in Germany. It is fantastic. The food is delicious, the live music is great, and it’s just a really good time.
The kids were unimpressed with the buffet until we found watermelon on the dessert table :) Faith has been known to swipe an open stroller seat from time to time. Waiting for a Christmas story. Each country in Epcot has a performer who tells about how they celebrate Christmas in their country. It is so much fun. Norway is our favorite, with Julenissen, the Christmas barn elf :) There was a really cool Frozen exhibit in Norway, too, featuring real artifacts that inspired styles in the movie. After dark we made our way over to Hollywood Studios for the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Alia was tired <3Merry Christmas!
I wrote about why we make lefse at Christmas time last year. Last night we made this year’s :)
I think I enjoyed this year’s more than any other. Usually I have one or two helpers in the kitchen but this time all of my siblings (& babies, & Alex :) were in there together. And it’s really just fun to be together.
Growing up we always made a paper chain to mark how many days were left until Christmas, and it was just thrilling to visualize the countdown. I love the advent calendars I’ve seen on Pinterest, but didn’t want to spend a lot on supplies. So this is what we came up with!
We used a big ol’ stick we found outside, butcher’s paper to wrap the little treats/trinkets for each day (you could also reuse paper grocery bags for the same look), ribbons & hemp string to decorate & hang the wrapped gifts. The numbers we cut out with our Cricut machine, but you could totally cut or draw something freehand. And Landon got some sort of wall mounting thing to secure it to the wall, because once we put it all together that thing is heavy!
Kaden loves it. Except for the part that he only gets to open one each day :-/We wrapped up some little snacks (boxes of raisins, candy canes), & got some fun little Christmas things at Target for the gifts (stickers, stamps, mostly from the dollar spot.) This was today’s, a make your own gingerbread ornament kit. How cute are they?
Merry Christmas everyone :)
We had a couple hours to fill before we flew home from Raleigh yesterday, so after reading about this cute little place online we spent our morning there. I’m so glad we did! We all had a nice time & the kids really loved it. The rides were $1 a piece & the playground was free. It’s one of the oldest amusement parks in America – built in 1887! The train was a fun little ride.
The carousel was like a thrill ride – seriously the fastest merry go round I have ever been on. Landon said it made him feel sick. I thought it was fun :) Funny thing, it didn’t even have seat belts like every other slow carousel I’ve ever ridden.
And now we are home. And there is no place I’d rather be :)
Some more pictures from our trip to Virginia…
Every once in awhile I’m watching Alia or take a picture of her and I just think, my gosh, you are the prettiest little thing I’ve ever seen. I love these two of her.Admiring cousin Amanda’s Christmas tree.
At Nana & Papa’s. We made puffy paint socks & got a pair of slippers, but Alia really just liked wearing her red shoes :) I finally got around to reading The Hunger Games series. They were really good. Very thought provoking. I’m wondering, are the people in the Capitol supposed to resemble Americans? A little bit? Exaggerated obviously. And I must say after the books that I absolutely love Peeta. From the first movie Gale was really convincing. But Peeta? You just can’t do better than that. I’m looking forward to seeing Catching Fire soon (asap!)Oatmeal for breakfast.snuggles. Making apple juice. Kaden loves it.Dinner time. Nativity sets make fun toys.And now it’s December! Presents to wrap, cookies to bake. Most wonderful time of the year :)