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Merry Christmas from the Brickers!


I all the time get up early on Christmas. As a small little one, this was most likely fairly unremarkable. I used to be excited to see what new LEGO units or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys Santa had introduced. As I received somewhat older, I’d proceed the custom, studying R.L. Stine’s “Silent Evening” books and my favourite Calvin and Hobbes Christmas comics (I’ve all the time had eclectic tastes, I suppose!).

Immediately was no completely different. I wakened at precisely 4:30 a.m. for no actual purpose. No alarm. No agenda. Nothing to place underneath the Christmas tree–that’s all been performed for days. Only a sense of pleasure for my favourite day of the yr.

Immediately is completely different, although. It’s our child’s first Christmas. I’m much more excited than regular, which might be fairly unremarkable for a brand new mother or father. We all know that she, clearly, won’t bear in mind her first Christmas. However we’ll. And it has been our greatest Christmas ever; one full of firsts and new traditions for us.

Regardless of my pleasure on December 25, Christmas Day itself is truthfully somewhat anticlimactic in our home. We’ve been celebrating since mid-November (we very a lot function on “Disney Seasons”), watching Christmas motion pictures and tv specials. Adorning, enjoying Christmas video games, making festive shows (gingerbread and LEGO), and forming new household traditions.

One such custom–when you can name it that since we’ve been studying to her commonly since October–is studying Christmas tales to Megatron. Olaf’s Evening Earlier than Christmas is Sarah’s favourite, whereas I’ve develop into an enormous fan of the Disney100 Introduction Calendar. These of you who really useful book-based ones within the responses to our Disney Introduction Calendars for Christmas had been proper on the cash. Thanks!

Household traditions are one thing we’ve mentioned for years, beginning as what we dreamed about doing as soon as we had youngsters. As expectations modified, that developed within the final couple of years. We began to truly do issues as a pair that we deliberate to proceed on an annual foundation. To make certain, we’ve all the time made a degree of doing enjoyable and memorable actions collectively in the course of the vacation season–however not a lot that was a practice, per se.

This yr we’ve come full circle and have began these household traditions–and continued some from the final couple of years that made sense with a toddler. Unsurprisingly, Disney is central on this. Not only for the apparent causes that we’re large followers who run a Disney weblog.

Even within the absence of that, I can’t consider many locations with extra vacation spirit than Disneyland in December. (We already lined that to some extent in Child Bricker’s First Go to to Disney.) To not needlessly hurl a Walt Disney World vs. Disneyland debate grenade into this, however there’s nothing like Disneyland at Christmas.

We love Walt Disney World and that’ll all the time be ‘residence’ for the vacations, however it simply isn’t the identical. And we are saying that as a pair with much more nostalgia for the Florida parks at Christmas. We’ve “solely” been doing Disneyland at Christmas since 2011–we’ve been Walt Disney World far longer. Taking our child this vacation season has began to tip the ‘sentimentality scale’ in direction of Disneyland, although.

We since made child’s second go to to Disneyland, which didn’t go in addition to the primary. Not that it went poorly–it was a ton of enjoyable. Fairly actually two of our greatest days ever within the parks. It simply wasn’t practically as memorable for us by her eyes…as a result of they had been closed more often than not!

It goes with out saying that there’s going to be diminishing returns on the sort of factor–firsts are often notable for a purpose. Even so, when you flip-flopped the substance of our first and second visits, the primary would’ve been extra memorable even when it occurred second. If that makes any sense in any respect.

(Don’t fear, I’m not going to put in writing a standalone publish about each single time we take Megatron to the parks. We’ll do a firsthand ‘journey report’ from her first time at Walt Disney World, however in any other case, we’ll change gears and incorporate the experiences we’ve and classes we be taught into planning posts which are helpful to others.)

Talking of Walt Disney World, one household custom that we plan to renew once more for Christmas 2024 is visiting throughout our favourite week of the yr. We missed it this yr for apparent causes, however are actually trying ahead to seeing Candlelight Processional, Merry Menagerie, and a lot extra as a household of three.

I feel that technically counts as a practice though we didn’t do it this yr–we’ve in any other case been going then since 2007. It’s a practice that already consists of our engagement, being newly-weds, and a lot extra. Subsequent yr, we stay up for including child’s second Christmas to that. Possibly that’ll tip the sentimentality reduce within the different path. I suppose we will see.

As for traditions we did do that yr, we noticed quite a lot of gentle shows and had made particular meals at residence. We additionally loved a Festivus feast at In-N-Out, after which Megatron aired her grievances that night time. She has lots of issues with us already, and we heard about it! 😉

One other custom that started final yr was Christmas Eve gelato adopted by a stroll on the seashore. Final yr, we rope dropped our favourite gelato spot (I might inform the workers was very impressed by our punctuality) and determined to make {that a} custom. Getting out the door this yr in time to make rope drop proved a tad tough resulting from, ahem, technical difficulties…so I feel we’ll drop the ‘at rope drop’ a part of that custom. In all probability gained’t be the final time we miss a rope drop.

You’ll need to forgive the stream-of-consciousness rambling. Once more, I’m scripting this at round 5 a.m., and I’ve one way or the other had not sufficient and an excessive amount of espresso already this morning. (I can’t clarify it, but when , .)

As talked about above, watching Christmas motion pictures and tv specials are central to the vacation season for us. We’ve even developed a form of cadence to this, beginning with l0w-stakes Hallmark motion pictures in November and early December (the most effective one this yr was, by far, was My Norwegian Vacation), ramping as much as those we love nearer to Christmas.

With out fail–and that is nothing new–we save too many good ones for the 3-day stretch between Festivus and Christmas Day, and don’t make it to all of them. Which is completely nice; it’s most likely higher that we don’t get to every part and have extra to anticipate for the next Christmas. Past what’s on our Checklist of the High 10 Disney Christmas Films & Specials, listed here are some favorites we watched this yr or will watch at the moment and would suggest:

  • A Claymation Christmas Celebration
  • Garfield’s Christmas
  • Die Arduous
  • A Storm for Christmas
  • Dwelling for Christmas
  • Christmas with Walt Disney (MUST WATCH)
  • Holidate
  • White Christmas
  • The Noel Diary
  • Love Arduous
  • Let It Snow
  • Feast of the Seven Fishes
  • Pluto’s Christmas Tree

As I’m scripting this proper now, I’m additionally ending up Dwelling Alone, having fallen asleep about quarter-hour into it final night time. (Along with the underneath/over-caffeination, this multitasking may also clarify the all-over-the-place high quality of this publish.)

I’m presently on the level the place (spoiler alert on a 30-year previous film) Catherine O’Hara will get a trip residence from John Sweet (RIP). I would like to complete this by the point the film is over, so I ought to most likely wrap this up.

We wish to as soon as once more thank all of you for studying. We’ve been grateful for the enjoyment and happiness you’ve shared for and with us, and admittedly humbled that you simply truly care to learn and touch upon tales about our private lives which are wholly unrelated to Walt Disney World or Disneyland trip planning. We couldn’t have ready ourselves for the constructive and uplifting response, however I suppose we shouldn’t have been stunned–you all rock.

Specifically, I additionally admire the endurance you’ve proven. The previous couple of months have been actually busy and tiring, and I do know I’ve slacked a bit in responding to feedback and within the proofreading division. Not that this weblog has ever been a bastion of typo-free or concise writing, however I do know issues have gotten extra lax of late.

I simply wish to acknowledge this and allow you to know I’ll work to enhance it within the new yr. We admire the worth of the time you’re taking to learn these articles; it’s not taken without any consideration. So thanks for tolerating the tangents, granting some grace, and particularly humoring my popular culture references and unhealthy dad jokes. I’m actually going to wish to step up my sport within the new yr now that I’m an precise dad!

Anyway, this has been the most effective Christmas of our lives. A part of that has been the thrill of the Disney visits, and experiencing every part anew. A part of it has been forming the enjoyable new traditions and revisiting acquainted favorites.

A part of it has been the straightforward and mundane day-to-day life with a brand new child–even together with that dreaded witching hour. (It’s terrible within the second, however we all the time have a great chuckle the next morning.)

A part of it’s having the ability to share a few of these moments with you all. We actually imply that. It’s now very simple to see why new mother and father publish so many pictures of their youngsters, as there’s this pleasure in each little factor they “accomplish,” even when each different child does it. We “get” that now.

We’ll be again later this week with some posts trying ahead to 2024. A type of is an up to date Disney Bucket Checklist/New Yr’s Resolutions, which I found in my drafts folder. I had began it round this time final yr and, suffice to say, so much will likely be altering.

Talking of issues I stumbled upon, the beneath message is from Christmas 2012, which I’m sharing as a result of I feel it’s a enjoyable journey down reminiscence lane. For us, it’s wild to see how a lot has modified within the final decade-plus, but in addition how a lot stays the identical. All of this stays correct, proper all the way down to the cat presently pawing at my hand as I attempt to kind (a 3rd excuse for the distracted writing!):

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Merry Christmas and Completely satisfied Holidays from our household to yours! No matter what you have fun throughout this vacation season, we hope you all have had an excellent vacation season full of household, buddies, enjoyable, and…uhh…Figment? Typically the vacations may be hectic, fast-paced, and even demanding, however we hope you’ve had a soothing vacation season, and if not…we hope a trip is within the close to future for you!

We’ll be again later this week with a “yr in evaluate” article as we glance again and look ahead, sharing a few of our mundane plans for this weblog in 2013. For now, we wished to share vacation needs with you all!

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Listed here are some festive pictures that our sons, Yossarian the Cat and Walter E. Dogsney, wished to share with you. Though they don’t write articles for the weblog (but), they’re truly huge contributors. They sometimes combat for positioning on my lap as I sit down to put in writing articles for the weblog at night time.

When he feels he hasn’t been pet sufficient, Yossarian the Cat stands up and makes an attempt to dam my view of the pc. Equally, Walter barks at me when he believes we have to go outdoors to search out squirrels. They’ve truly “helped” delay various articles with their editorial oversight. The boys are mainly the glue that holds collectively the gears of this web site!

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As soon as once more, Merry Christmas from the Brickers. We hope you likewise have had a contented vacation season with household and buddies, and are making magical recollections that may final a lifetime!

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What Christmas or different vacation traditions do you need to get into the spirit of the season? Any amusing anecdotes to share from this Christmas, Disney or in any other case? Another ideas you might have in response to our newest household replace? The rest you’re all in favour of studying about with regard to Megatron, infants within the parks, and many others? Tales of your personal about first visits to the Disney parks? Another questions? Listening to your suggestions is all the time appreciated, so please share your ideas beneath within the feedback!