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Mama Monday : Holiday decorating

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Hi Mamas, We are sharing some of our favorite holiday traditions with you this week and one of my personal favorites is decorating our home for Christmas. Christmas is my favorite holiday as you all know. We don’t go completely Disney in our decorations but there’s quite a bit.

Outside you will find Tow Mater and Santa Mickey!  My sons like to say good night to them often.

Inside you will find most of our Disney decorations on our tree. The tree is not all Disney though. Actually I would say most of it is other ornaments. Each year we do get a few new ornaments. Sometimes we each get one and sometimes we get a family one. A few of our favorite’s from years past are below. Each one has special meaning from the Mickey Ears that were a gift following a multi-family trip for Mason’s first birthday, to Reed’s first ornament(Pooh), Jiminy Cricket is my husband’s favorite, and the Hoffbrau is one of the ones we have bought at Epcot.

And this year we opted for the family ornament-a Disney cruise ship, since we enjoyed the holiday cruise on the Wonder this year.

Under the tree you will find some presents wrapped with Disney wrapping paper. This is the first year in quite a while that I went that route. The paper at Target had a vintage feel to it and I loved it so there it is. Santa wraps in a different paper in case you were wondering.

And last but not least, Buddy our Elf gets in the Christmas spirit and likes listening to the snow globe with Mickey and Minnie. He even received his Mickey ears this Christmas too!

Other than all the wonderful Disney touches, the part I love about decorating our home is doing it together. It’s an all hands on deck adventure and usually takes two days to complete. We decorate the outside the week of Thanksgiving and the inside is usually the day after we get the outside decorations up. This year I had a special moment with the boys when they really wanted to touch the nativity set. It’s a sentimental set and very fragile. I let them touch it though and I told the Christmas story to them. I love those moments that aren’t planned but end up just right this time of year.

I hope your holidays are filled with a lot of precious moments and family traditions and that you are warmed inside your heart.

I will be taking a week or two break from blogging as I make some changes to the blog. Here’s a hint though-there will be a new blogger joining me for 2014! Stay tuned on facebook to see exactly who that might be.

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Mama Monday : Favorite place for a Holiday meal at Disney!

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Hi Mamas, Today we are visiting the Biergarten in the Germany pavilion at Epcot. It is one of my favorite places for a holiday meal. Our families are of German descent and there’s something about having authentic German food that puts me in the Christmas spirit. It reminds me of Christmas at my great grandma’s house. I love the dancing and music too.

The Biergarten is part of the Candlelight Processional lineup each year and is worth it! You can have lunch or dinner and have a reserved section of seating for the Candlelight Processional which is the ultimate in a holiday celebration. Before the show pay a visit to  die Weihnachtsecke. You will find every kind of Christmas ornament you might desire there. No matter what time of year we go, we buy an ornament here for our tree.

Please note the processional is not actually offered on Christmas day but the Biergarten is still a perfect place to visit on the actual day of Christmas also. It does get booked so book early!

I would love to hear from you on where your favorite holiday meal location is.

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Holiday Photos on a Disney Cruise

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Hi there! I’m actually on a Disney Cruise that is all decked out for the holidays. The entire lobby is filled with garland, lights, and a beautiful tree.

My favorite Christmas picture so far was on formal night with Minnie Mouse in front of the garland lined staircase.

There really have been a lot of opportunities for holiday photos.

Main Christmas tree in the lobby

Snowmen with snow on Castaway Cay.

Santa Goofy!

Santa Claus was even here.

And Donald in his Christmas Sweater.
My second favorite photo is the kids with new friends and old friends. So sweet!

Where is your favorite place on a Disney Cruise for holiday photos?

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Mama Monday : Holiday Photo Op

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Hi Mamas,  This week I am showing you our favorite places for holiday photos.

I am in love with the Christmas tree at Wilderness Lodge. I have chosen to stay at this resort for this tree! I think it is the most beautiful one of them all.

Gorgeous right?? The picture doesn’t even do it justice. It is massive!

We have many family pictures in front of this tree but here’s just a few to share with you.

This tree is up starting in mid November making it the perfect Christmas card photo.

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