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Friday Find: Disney Christmas Village Buildings

Over the years, there has been a variety of Disney buildings made for a Christmas village. Department 56 has created several Disney Christmas village collections. My family has never been partial to one particular series or vendor. Our Christmas village is a collection of buildings and accessories that represent what we like. Here are a couple buildings that are in our Christmas village. 

 Disneyland Firehouse and Disneyland Emporium

Disneyland Firehouse and Disneyland Emporium

The first building on the left of this photo is a replica of the Disneyland Firehouse (Department 56) and the other is of the Disneyland Emporium (Disney Parks Merchandise). These two buildings in particular are my favorite because they remind me of the time when I used to work on Main Street USA and I did work in The Emporium during my time as a Disneyland Castmember. We place these two buildings just like you would find them at Disneyland. 

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Looks like Minnie Mouse has done her Christmas shopping. Only 10 more days until the big day!

Wishing you a great weekend!

-Daisy

One of the Best Souvenirs to Buy at Disney Parks

I am one of those that love all things Christmas. I enjoy just about everything about the Christmas season. I even got married exactly one week before Christmas; even Santa dropped by our reception.

Anyways, one of my favorite things about getting ready for Christmas is collecting ornaments throughout the year. As I attend events or make trips throughout the year, I usually try to find a Christmas ornament as my souvenir to commemorate my excursion. While there are usually many choices, I try to find one that 1) I can pack easily so as not to break and not too bulky; 2) one that will fit on my tree; and 3) one that has a good design that really exemplifies the trip/event. If there is one that I really "need to have" and is very fragile, I have been known to use their mail service...and it has arrived in great condition. 

I was able to visit Walt Disney World over Spring Break and got to experience the Flower & Garden Festival. It has the colors and designs that were on some of the banners during the event. Here are a couple photos that show the front and back or this ceramic ornament. 

This year, I was able to be at Disneyland on May 4th and there was some special merchandise to celebrate the un-official but fan favorite Star Wars Day. I was excited to see this glass ornament. 

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We just came back from a summer vacation at the Aulani and found this ceramic ornament. I actually have several Aulani ornaments from our past visits but I like this one because it was a DVC Member exclusive and it has the current logo that the Aulani is using for some of their merchandise. Here is the front and back of this ornament. 

My daughter and I spent my birthday back in January in NYC and we took in a show and enjoyed the Guggenheim so I found these fun ornaments. 

Buying a souvenir to remember your park visit doesn't have to break the bank nor does it have to take up space. Looking for a special holiday ornament to remember your trip is one of the best Disney souvenirs you can buy. It is timeless and sometime, priceless. When it comes to decorating the Christmas tree, my family really enjoys pulling out various ornaments from our family vacations and reminiscing about our trip and fun moments. 

Happy Christmas in July!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Magic Holiday (Cmas Lights at Lowe's)

The other day, Disney Fashionista (they are a great source for all things Disney products) posted information about some new Disney Christmas lights. I knew immediately that I needed some of them...okay most of them. 

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The DISNEY MAGIC HOLIDAY Christmas light collection is only available at Lowe's. It was really hard to decide which ones to get. I started to view what was available online and the ordered them for pick-up. I figured that this was the best way to make sure I got them. I figured that if I didn't like them, then I could return them. Here are the ones I decided on. 

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I shot a very quick video and posted HERE is you want to see the Mickey Mouse head projection light and also the firework projection light (below). 

 Front of box - Projection light

Front of box - Projection light

This firework projection light is kind of fun. I figured that I can use for parties or just when I feel like I need some Disney magic. You can adjust the projection size/image with distance. So, depending on how large or small you want the projections, you move it far or closer to wherever you want to project the image. There is also a fireworks sound with the firework projection machine. You can control the volume or simply turn in all the way down.

 Back of Box - Projection Light

Back of Box - Projection Light

This Mickey Mouse Christmas pole is next on my list. I LOVE Christmas! I was married a week before Christmas. I am one of those people who love Christmas in July and happily starts holiday shopping. So when I saw these new Disney Christmas lights, it was an easy decisions. 

The Disney Magic Holiday is only available at Lowe's. These will go fast. If you are thinking about them, run to your nearest Lowe's soon. Don't forget that you can order them online. You can also go online to see which Lowe's in your area have them in stock. If you definitely know that you want a particular set or light, you can order it for pick up, then go into the store and check out the entire collection (if they have them). I've tested the items I purchased and ran them for an evening and they will work great with my holiday decorations. A little Disney holiday magic is always a good thing. 

Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

Music Monday: D23 Talks Christmas Carols from the Disney Vault

Recently, D23 had a great post about "Christmas Carols from the Disney Vault." It had a lot of really good information about Christmas carols related to Disney recordings. Check it the post HERE

 Image from D23 - Disney Valut

Image from D23 - Disney Valut

Hope you are enjoying preparing for your Christmas festivities. 

-Daisy

Scenes from Disneyland

Been in the thick of Holiday Madness but loving every minute of it. The SoCal weather is nice and cool so it is perfect. Just wanted to share some pictures from my various Disneyland visits this December. 

 Front view of Disneyland Train Station

Front view of Disneyland Train Station

 Love it when the Disneyland Band is there to greet you. 

Love it when the Disneyland Band is there to greet you. 

 Main Street atmosphere entertainment

Main Street atmosphere entertainment

 Disneyland castle has both the 60th Celebration and Christmas Decor.

Disneyland castle has both the 60th Celebration and Christmas Decor.

 View of the back of the Disneyland Castle from the Sword point of view. 

View of the back of the Disneyland Castle from the Sword point of view. 

 Clouds and blue skies over Space Mountain

Clouds and blue skies over Space Mountain

 Splash Mountain is ready for Christmas

Splash Mountain is ready for Christmas

 Donald decorated the Miss Daisy

Donald decorated the Miss Daisy

 Goofy's House has holiday decor.

Goofy's House has holiday decor.

 Carlsand

Carlsand

 Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure

 Looking down Main Street USA towards the Christmas Tree.

Looking down Main Street USA towards the Christmas Tree.

With the Paint the Night Parade and Disneyland 60th Celebration, the Mickey Mouse garland is missing this year. Looks like they compensated by adding lights to all the trees alongside Main Street, USA. It was a good move. 

Only days before Christmas. Hope you all made Santa's GOOD LIST.

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 10 (MM Ornaments)

My Mickey Mouse Ornaments

I have plenty of different kinds of Mickey Mouse ornaments on my Christmas tree. Don't you think that is true of most Disney fans? There are so many out there.  I only get the ones that I really like or ones that have a special memory with it. Here are most of my Mickey Mouse ornaments. 

 Radko - Glass Ornament

Radko - Glass Ornament

 Walt Disney World Exclusive - Glass Ornament

Walt Disney World Exclusive - Glass Ornament

This Mickey Mouse graduate ornament was one I bought to commemorate my daughter's graduation. Someone else gave her the blown glass diploma so I try to keep them together on the Christmas tree. 

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These next Mickey Mouse ornaments are from Hallmark Keepsake collection, Mickey’s Movie Mouseterpieces series.

This next Mickey Mouse ornament is one that I purchased from the Walt Disney Studios. It helps me to remember my visit and how much my family and I enjoyed our tour.

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This next ornament is one I bought maybe 20 years ago. It is resin and a bit heavy. I think that Santa's sack with a little Mickey Mouse ready to find a home is so cute. 

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These next set of ornaments have a Mickey Mouse shape. They commemorate the Disneyland 60th Celebration. There are currently many anniversary ornaments available but I decided that I wanted to the more elaborate and fancy 60th ornaments. After all, Disneyland only turns 60 once. 

Finally, I have this very old Mickey Mouse vintage looking ornament. It is very special in that it used to belong to my mother-in-law. My husband says that it was always on their Christmas tree when he was growing up. His mom cut out the felt ears to replace the worn ones. I don't know what the original looked like but I just love this ornament for all the sentimental reasons.

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Merry Christ-Mouse!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 9 (Disney Figurines)

Disney Figurines

Nine days into December! How did that happen? Today I wanted to share two of our oldest Disney decorations: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Christmas Carolers. I love their vintage and classic colored outfits. 

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One of the reasons my husband and I are crazy for Christmas is that we got married one week before Christmas. I bought these two animated Disney Carolers 22 years ago as part of our wedding reception decorations. At that time, I was still working at Disneyland so there were some Disney touches. 

These Mickey and Minnie Christmas carolers are animated. Their arms slowly move back and forth. The candle that Minnie holds and the lantern in Mickey's hand light up. There is a button for music, too. When you press it, it plays "Winter Wonderland." When my kids were young, they loved seeing this as part of our Christmas decorations. I still get pleasure getting them out of their boxes every year. When I look at them, I can enjoy many Christmas memories in my heart. 

My mother-in-law gave this beautifully detailed Wonderful World of Disney Christmas Tree to my kids when they were young. They were enthralled by all the the characters and movement on this tabletop decoration. There are many details to take in. 

The good news, you can have one of your own to enjoy. This Wonderful World of Disney Christmas Tree is still available over at the Bradford Exchange

Next up are two more figurines I have. They are small but lots of character. This Donald and Daisy Duck figurine is designed by Jim Shore. It is called 'Donald and Daisy, Mistletoe Moment.' It's special to me because my husband bought several years ago as an anniversary present. I love all the detail and colors on this piece. 

 Donald & Daisy, Mistletoe Moment by Jim Shore

Donald & Daisy, Mistletoe Moment by Jim Shore

Finally, here is probably my smallest Disney Christmas figurine. Who can't love Santa Goofy. 

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Here's another view so you can see more details. I really like the way "SANTA" is carved on his chair. Look at that mischievous face on Donald's nephew. Oh Goofy! So gullible. 

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Hope all is merry & bright!

-Daisy

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12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 8 - Castle Ornaments

Disney Castle Ornaments

I have many Disney castles on my Christmas tree. They are of Disneyland, Disney World and some Disney related castles. They vary in size, medium or material, and style.

 Radko glass ornament. Disneyland Castle.

Radko glass ornament. Disneyland Castle.

 Radko glass ornament. Disneyland Castle.

Radko glass ornament. Disneyland Castle.

 Resin ornament. Disneyland 50th Anniversary Castle

Resin ornament. Disneyland 50th Anniversary Castle

 Sleeping Beauty's Castle by Hallmark. 

Sleeping Beauty's Castle by Hallmark. 

 Belle's Castle by Hallmark.

Belle's Castle by Hallmark.

 Disney castle ornament from Hallmark - D23 (2013)

Disney castle ornament from Hallmark - D23 (2013)

 Radko glass ornament. Walt Disney World castle (Cinderella). 

Radko glass ornament. Walt Disney World castle (Cinderella). 

 Plastic and resin Disney Parks ornament. 

Plastic and resin Disney Parks ornament. 

I was recently at Walt Disney World and visited World Showcase at Epcot. I love visiting all the stores that have country specific merchandise. While in the German pavilion, I came across this glass ornament. It looks like a Disney castle but it is of the castle that inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle, NEUSCHWANSTEIN

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From the front of the ornament, it is easy to think it is the Disneyland castle. Here is a photo of the back of the ornament and the tag that was attached to it. 

There is one more Disney castle ornament that I still have to get and put on my Christmas tree. This light up Disneyland castle is in celebration of the 60th. 

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Wishing you holiday cheer!

Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Outdoor Decor

We have so much going on inside the house so we decided that our outdoor Christmas decor needed to be simple. Our two pieces were both inspired by some Christmas Disneyland decorations. 

I have always enjoyed the Mickey Mouse wreaths that usually adorn Main Street USA. 

 Main Street USA, Disneyland. Photo from December 2014

Main Street USA, Disneyland. Photo from December 2014

The wreaths inspired me to create my own version. I bought one large wreath and two smaller ones. With a lot of floral wire, shatterproof ornaments, and voila, I had my own Mickey Mouse wreath to hang on my house. 

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The second set of photos is of our tiki reindeers that we created last year. These were inspired from the tiki reindeers found in the South Seas section of "it's a small world" attraction. 

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The fun thing with Christmas outdoor decorations is being able to change it up every now and then. We are thinking that next year we'll add something to join the tiki reindeers. 

Mele Kalikimaka!

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-Daisy

Music Monday: A Christmas Fantasy (Disneyland Parade)

We love "A Christmas Fantasy" holiday parade over at Disneyland. It debuted in 1994 with a very merry and catchy song. The tune plays continuously throughout the parade. The music is not available on any CD but there are plenty of places to hear it on YouTube. 

So putting the song in your head and hope find some holiday cheer today.

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 6

Disney Christmas Village Buildings

We've had a Christmas village since our kids were small. We don't have a specific collection. We have enjoyed finding specific buildings and figures that represent some of our hobbies or moments in our life adventures. 

Two specific village buildings we have are the Disneyland Fire Dept and the Disneyland Emporium. 

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In the early 1990's, Department 56 released a Disney Parks Village Series. There was this Disneyland Fire Dept and figures. There were several Walt Disney World buildings. This series has been retired but if you do a search on eBay, you can still find them and they are not too unreasonable. 

When I first bought the Fire Dept, I was working on Main Street. I had to have it as a great addition for our Christmas village and since it was sentimental to me. It is such an iconic building on Main Street USA. 

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When I started working at Disneyland, they placed me at Main Street Merchandise. I spent many hours working at the Disneyland Emporium. Abut 5 years ago, this building was produced so I had to have it. I love how Minnie Mouse is at the entrance holding all her wrapped packages. She looks excited to deliver them to her special friends. 

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Yesterday I posted about my new Walt Disney Partners ornament and Disneyland 60th castle. These two pieces inspired us as to how we would build and arrange our Christmas village this year. With the 60th Celebration we thought, "Why not?" create our own Main Street scene for our Christmas village. I had two buildings, the Disneyland Fire Dept and Emporium, so I set those in its proper configuration. 

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We didn't put out most of the houses that we actually have in order to create our Main Street scene. We usually have several tiers but had to change our landscape in order to make the Disneyland 60th Castle the focal point. 

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t's the most simple Christmas village that we've ever put together and most fun, too. 

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Wishing you lots of merry!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 5

Disneyland 60th Castle & Walt Disney Ornament

I found this new Christmas ornament at one of the stores at  back in October. It is a pretty good replica of the Partners statute that can be found in several of the Disney Parks. I knew I had to have it. 

 Partners Statue Christmas Ornament

Partners Statue Christmas Ornament

 Partners Statue at Disneyland

Partners Statue at Disneyland

I had every intention putting this ornament on my tree until I saw this Disneyland 60th Celebration Castle. It is a large resin figurine. It also has a battery operated switch so it lights up.  

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I knew that they would go together. The castle and Walt ornament were perfectly scaled to create my own Disneyland Celebration within my Christmas village. 

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I couldn't resist putting them together and incorporating into my Christmas village. I have some other Disney themed buildings in my Christmas village and I will post those pictures tomorrow. 

Happy Christmas!

Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 4

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 4

Christmas Stockings

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Here are our family Christmas stockings. The two on the left, Mickey & Minnie belong to MacSparky and me. The two on the right belong to my two kids. I bought the Mickey and Minnie stockings from the Disney store in the early 90's. They are pretty large. They have some fun appliqué details.

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These next two belong to my kids. I bought the Tigger stocking in 1996, when my oldest daughter was born. I bought it from the Disney store. I was happy that the appliqué theme coordinated with the Mickey and Minnie stocking. 

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This next Christmas stocking was one that I purchased after my second daughter was born in 2001. I also got this one at the Disney Store. That year, this Snowman Mickey was their design theme. I also like the Mickey Mouse snowflakes that are on the cuff. 

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By the time my second daughter was born in 2001, Christmas stockings with the foot facing left were hard to come by. That is one of the reasons the Snowman Mickey stocking is a little bit smaller than the others. My choices were limited. I am not sure when left foot facing stockings were phased out but I just felt lucky enough to find one that matched the rest of our family. 

If you look at most of the character type Christmas stockings in the stores today, they are all right foot facing. How about yours? 

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My family loves to our Christmas stockings and looks forward to having them filled with goodies. We usually wake up Christmas morning and take turns to open our gifts that we have picked out for each other. Then we have breakfast. It is after that when we see what Santa left in our stockings. It is great fun to reach into out Christmas stockings and find all kinds of surprises. 

Ho! Ho! Ho!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 3 - Stocking Holders

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 3

Christmas Stocking Holders

 12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 3 - Christmas Stocking Holders

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 3 - Christmas Stocking Holders

 Mantle design by MacSparky

Mantle design by MacSparky

These are our Christmas stocking holders. We finally added this mantle over our fireplace a couple years ago with these in mind. They are very heavy so my husband, MacSparky, designed the ledge to be sturdy enough to hold these. 

MacSparky and I have had our stocking holders since 1993, the year we got married. I got him this very detailed Mickey Mouse stocking holder which I purchased at Disneyland. It has all kinds of fun elements all the way around that include the small Alice in Wonderland doll to the present with the gift tag addressed to Minnie Mouse. 

My stocking holder was the perfect one for me. I have this awesome handmade watch cabinet that MacSparky made me so it kind of ties in. It compliments my watch collection. My stocking holder coordinates with this timepiece ornament that hangs on my Disney watch cabinet. The vintage pie-eye Mickey Mouse that sits at the top of the stocking holder is such a classic image. I can't remember where I bought this but it's 22 years old and looks great on my mantle. 

When my daughter was born, I purchased this Winnie the Pooh stocking holder from the Disney Store. You don't see this detail right away but Piglet is behind Pooh holding onto him. It's a very fun design to look like Pooh and Piglet are being strong to hold up what my daughter hopes will always be a full Christmas stocking. 

Finally, this next Mickey Mouse stocking holder was something that my youngest daughter purchased last year. We had been never been happy with her stocking holder so this was a great replacement. The design is great as it is the most sturdy and stable of all the stocking holders we have. The gold Mickey Mouse shaped base holds both Mickey and his vintage style ornament. It's fun to see him peaking from behind it as if he is up to something. 

I'll show you our actual Christmas stockings tomorrow. I have a funny story about them as they were all bought at different times but all coordinate.

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Happy Christmas!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 2

12 Days of Disney Christmas: Day 2

Tree Topper

I can't remember exactly how old our Disney themed tree topper is. I looked through my photo archive and can guess that it is at least 10 years old, if not a little more. My girls were little when we got this angel tree topper. They loved her then and still love to see her adorn the top of our Christmas tree. 

 Minnie Mouse angel tree topper

Minnie Mouse angel tree topper

It is an articulated tree topper. The wings  and hands move separately. It also lights up so she shines at night.  

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The other morning, the sun moved to cast this interesting shadow in our "Christmas room."

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Minnie Mouse angel is beautiful on our large Christmas tree. It's fun to have her greet us as we come downstairs to start our day. 

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Happy December!

-Daisy