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Friday Find: Santa with Disney Babies Musical Figurine

Every year when I put out my Christmas decorations, there are of course some very special pieces that brings reminds me of cherished memories. That is part of the point of Christmas decorating, right? Here is a special musical figurine that I bought when for my daughter's first Christmas (1996). 

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It is a very traditional musical figurine with a wind-up mechanism that plays a music box. Baby Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse go up and down on their teeter-totter while Santa looks on. The music box tune is "Here Comes Santa Claus." 

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I remember purchasing this at Disneyland. It is not a fancy musical figurine but there are a lot of years of special memories attached to it. Both my kids loved to just wind it up, listen to "Here Comes Santa Claus" and watch Baby Mickey and Minnie go up and down. Do you have any special Christmas decorations that reminds you of special memories?

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Magic Holidays at Lowe's - 2017

There is less than 80 days until Christmas. The Halloween season means that you also start seeing Christmas stuff popping up in many stores. I love Christmas so I get excited to see all the new merry offerings. 

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I went to Lowe's the other day to pick something up and saw that they had all their Christmas lights and decorations out. Last year, there were a lot of fun Disney themed lights. This year, there are even more. (You can click each image for a larger view)

I went ahead and bought the Mickey Mouse LE Lighted Wreath. It came well packaged as it is fairly large. I'll let you know how it looks outside when the time comes to decorate outdoors. 

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Happy Holidays!

-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: Walt Disney Company Christmas Cards (1990s)

This week, D23 posted some really great holiday cards from their archives. According to THIS POST, the Walt Disney Studio started sending Christmas cards to all their employees beginning in the early 1930s.

I was a Disneyland Cast Member from 1989 - 2001. I found several Christmas cards that were sent to me from the Walt Disney Company from the early 1990s. This first card that I am sharing I am going to guess might have been 1991. That was when the Team Disney Building (Burbank, Ca) was completed and the Disney corporate team moved in. 

 Front of card. c. 1991

Front of card. c. 1991

 Inside of card.

Inside of card.

They used to also include 2 free tickets in each card. I am also going to assume that the number of tickets you received may have been based on you dependent listing. I was a college student so it was just me. I always received 2 tickets. 

This particular complimentary pass had the following artwork on them so I saved this one. If you used them, they would either take them at the gate, stamp them or rip them for validation purposes. There were expiration dates on them so this one is no longer acceptable. Like I said, I really liked the artwork on this one.  

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These next two cards are full of character. Not sure what the dates were on these but they had to be before 1994. It has Frank Wells (Walt Disney Company CFO) on the card and he passed away in April 1994.  

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This next card features Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. It must have been the year when Disney Afternoon was popular. 

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I am sure that I saved my other ones but not sure where they are. The annual Walt Disney Company Christmas card was always fun to get in the mail.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas weekend!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Store Christmas Pins (c. 1990s)

I found a couple fun Disney Christmas pins from the late 1990s. This first one is from the Disney Store, 1996. The Disney Stores have always had their own holiday design. This Christmas pin shows that the theme in 1996 was Mickey's Winter Wonderland.  If you want to see more from this collection, you can always do a search on eBay and all kinds of items will show up. 

 Disney Store Christmas pin - 1996

Disney Store Christmas pin - 1996

This next one is a pin from The Walt Disney Gallery. Back in the 1990s, The Disney Store located at The Main Place mall, actually had a "Walt Disney Gallery" section within the store. They would sell collectibles and other high-end Disney merchandise. Here is the Christmas pin that was sold under The Walt Disney Gallery name. According to the merchandise card, it was limited to 5000 pieces. 

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Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

12 Days of Disney Christmas - Day 12 (Starbucks Disney Ornaments)

Starbucks & Disney Branded Ornaments

Last month, Starbucks and Disney Parks branded holiday ornaments began to show up at the Starbucks - Disney Parks locations. These mini mug ornaments are Starbucks take on their popular You Are Here collection. 

 Walt Disney World Starbucks - Disney Ornaments

Walt Disney World Starbucks - Disney Ornaments

Between Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks, there were 6 mini mugs. In addition to those, there is a white ceramic tumbler Disney Parks ornament, a mini plastic tumbler Disney Parks ornament, and 2 Disneyland - Starbucks 60th ornaments.

By the time I had those 10 Starbucks - Disney Parks ornaments, I had already ordered this year's Starbucks ornaments. This is what my Starbucks Christmas tree looked like last year. 

 My 2014 Starbucks table top tree

My 2014 Starbucks table top tree

I had to get a way bigger tree this year so that all of my Starbucks ornaments and my new additions would fit.  

 2015 Starbucks ornaments

2015 Starbucks ornaments

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Starbucks + Disney + Christmas = a really fun tree to decorate. 

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Cheers!

-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: 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

Christmas in July = New Disneyland Ornaments

I love Christmas! I was married one week before Christmas and Santa even showed up at our reception. It is always a special time of year for my family so it is never far from my mind.

With Disneyland's 60th birthday, there is a pretty good selection of Diamond Celebration ornaments. I've already picked up these two.

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It was a tough decision but I think these will go well with other my Disney ornaments and I think they capture the spirit of the Diamond Celebration. On the bottom of the crystal ear hat, I will probably write in the date with a sharpie so I remember.

Traditional ball ornaments, dated, and other Disneyland Diamond themed ones to choose from are also available. Of course they have a variety of Castle ones, too, including one that lights up. You can select the style that goes with your tree and preferred aesthetic. I can also see someone creating a special Christmas tree with just Disneyland Diamond ornaments.

Christmas ornaments in general make for really great souvenirs. It's what I usually buy on our vacations. When we put up our Christmas tree every year, we get to remember and reminisce about our family vacations as these special ornaments reminds us of treasured moments. 

There's only 152 days before Christmas. 

Happy Christmas in July!

-Daisy

Disneyland Inspired Christmas Decorations - Part 3, MM Wreaths

The Mickey Mouse shape is one of the easiest to re-create and incorporate into some decorating. It's iconic 1 large circle with 2 smaller ones makes for a great base. Here are several of my Mickey Mouse Christmas wreathes that are scattered throughout my house during this season. 

I really love the hanging Mickey Mouse wreaths on Main Street, USA. The last photos in the gallery above is my attempt to have some of the Disneyland Christmas decor at my house. I bought 1 big wreath and 2 smaller ones to create my Mickey Mouse wreath. I added a little floral, outdoor shatterproof ornaments and lights to complete my project. Here was my inspiration.

 Main Street U.S.A - Disneyland. Dec 2014

Main Street U.S.A - Disneyland. Dec 2014

Happy Christmas Eve, Eve!

-Daisy

Music Mondays: It's the Greatest Time of Year

It's the greatest time of year, and it's here
Help me celebrate it.
With everybody here, friends so dear
Let me simply state it.
Joy to the world and everyone
Lift up your hearts and feel the love
It's our favorite way, to spend the holiday...yeah!

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Believe or not, "It's the Greatest Time of Year" is one of my most played songs on my Christmas playlist. It was written by Aly Michalka, Aj Michalka, Anotonina Armato, and Tim James. The song was released in 2006 and featured in Disney's The Santa Clause 3 movie. The music video was played frequently on The Disney Channel during that time. My kids loved the young Disney artists (Aly & AJ) and this song played a lot during carpool and at home. We all enjoyed a new Christmas song that was upbeat, fun, and catchy.

Even though my kids are young adults now, I still play this song - a lot. It's become one of my favorite holiday tunes. It helps to break up some of the classic holiday tunes on my playlist. It puts me in the Christmas mood and puts a smile on my face. My family loves this time of year so this song really captures how we feel about the Christmas season. 


Only 10 more sleeps until Santa arrives! Hope you've been good!

-Daisy