Welcome to those of you joining me from Return to Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
Anyone here going to a Disney Park for the holidays? Yes, I know our loop topic is a Disney Christmas at home, but I have a point- I promise. My family has only spent one Christmas in Walt Disney World, but boy, we relive that memory over and over again. In part because all 12 immediate family members were together for a 2 week extravaganza, and subsequently have story after story of a happy moment or a priceless episode. But every December that memory literally comes to life. During that stay 6 years ago, my sister, brother and I made what I then thought was an extravagant purchase; we bought a fully decorated Mickey Mouse Christmas tree for my mother’s room at the Grand Floridian. We wanted a place for the children to gather that Christmas morning, to stack our presents and to make a hotel room more festive and homey.
|Our tree came complete with cookies and decorative chocolates.|
We gave little thought to what would come of that tree afterwards, and yet that is when the real magic began. We shipped that tree to my mom’s house in Queen, NY (thank you Diane the Grand Floridian Concierge), where it remained in that box until the following December 1st. You see, after 54 years, my mom had just moved out of the house I grew up in. With my dad’s passing, she could no longer maintain a 3 story home, and certainly couldn’t decorate the house for the holidays in the manner she once had. Enter Mickey Mouse in a Santa’s cap. With one pull, and subsequent plug in socket, she had a piece of family, and Christmas decoration and Disney magic right in her apartment. What could have been a very sad time became bright with a steady flow of pixie-dusted memories and constant smiles, and every year since it does the same for her and our entire family. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! I’ve never spent a better penny.
Soooo, whether you are spending Christmas in Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort or parked next to your own hearth, contact a Custom Gift Builder at Disney Floral & Gifts; you will be making a purchase that lasts a lifetime. Holiday trees are not cheap (they range in cost from $150-$500), but are a happiness INVESTMENT! Our Mickey Christmas Tree has become such a family tradition that we couldn’t imagine celebrating without it. We now add a new Disney ornament each year. I can easily see my own sons sharing it with their children one day.
Oh Disney Christmas Tree, Oh Disney Christmas Tree… how lovely are your branches!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Delightfully Disney (and blogging home to one of the incoming 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panelists)!!!
Here is the map to our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
2nd Stop~ Return to Disney
3rd Stop~ DIStherapy (You are here.)
Final Stop~ Delightfully Disney
Fairytales and Fitness says
I absolutely LOVE that tree. I thought it was actually a real tree. It looks like a spruce. So great that your mom and your whole family have that memory! I have been to Disney several times to see the christmas decorations but never to spend the actual holiday there. Funny that your theme was suppose to be Disney at home becaue that is exactly what my Friday's post is! One of these days I will figure out how to join this blogorail!
Isn't it just great! Disney Gifts & Floral does change up the themes and trees offered from year to year, so when I hit the lottery we'll get one every year. 😀 Until then, this is our most- prized keepsake. BTW- we'd love to have you!!
Heidi Strawser says
Wow! That is amazing! Before we revealed this year's surprise trip to the kids, I considered splurging on a tree for the room. We'll be home 3 days before Christmas, but I still thought it would be fun. I thought they were REAL trees – I love that you were able to get the tree home and continue enjoying it each and every year. Fabulous!
It's become our most-treasured family heirloom Heidi. I'm so excited for you and your upcoming Christmas trip- there's still time to consider ordering…!!
Mike Ellis says
What a great story and memory, Donna. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!
Thank you Mike. Until we can afford to do this again, we have our tree to relive the memories through!
Donna Kay Anderson says
What a wonderful memories Didi!! I love the tree, but love the story behind it even better!! I hope you and your family have a Magical Christmas around that fabulous tree!!
I am absolutely giddy to get over to my mom's place to see it! I wish a Blessed and Merry Christmas to you and yours Donna!!
Fairytales and Fitness says
As requested, here is the link to my Disney Décor blog post ( I hope it works). I would love to have others come and post their link too! http://www.fairytalesandfitness.com/2013/12/the-disney-runners-decorate-in-disney.html
Most appreciated! I encourage others to take a look!! 😀
Melissa Knight says
I love this story! We are taking a small tree with us next week to decorate. It will be our Disney tree from now on. I hope it brings us as much joy as your tree brought your family!
Well there you go- instant tradition!! I know you will have an incredible trip and most magical Christmas Melissa!
Tricia from Return to Disney says
What a great idea! If we ever spend Christmas day at the Disney Parks, we'll definitely order a tree, but I hadn't even considered how much magic it would add to future years!
Neither had we until after the fact. Sometimes that Disney magic creeps up on you in the most unexpected ways…!
Jodi Whisenhunt says
What a glorious time! My kids wanted me to order one of those trees when we were there in November. Should have! Definitely magical 🙂
When I win the lottery I think I'll get the new version every year Jodi!! 😀
Disney Floral & Gifts !! That is a super idea. I went to their site and found so many cute things.
Yes! Talk about a kid a candy store!!!
Beth Green says
What a great meaningful story!! I love that the tree is still making appearances now! Well worth the investment!
It absolutely was Beth- Mickey has held up so well!!
Jennifer Lissak says
What a great story and great plan – what a great way to bring home to Disney and then bring Disney home!
That should have been my title Jenn! Thanks. 🙂