Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. A good excuse to be lazy for a bit, over eat, over buy, and just be an all American glutton for a week or so. So, here is my obligatory Christmassy post, with enough holiday spirit to make even the most merry of Santa’s elves feel a little sick to their stomach.
One thing I absolutely love doing around Christmastime is heading to Disneyland to experience some corporate manufactured magic! I am such a sucker for the double punch combo of nostalgia + the holidays! I was also excited to check out the Little Mermaid ride for the first time.. it’s my absolute favorite Disney movie, so you can bet there were sniffles and squealing to be had from me throughout the day.
Besides the usual riding of rides, we had a bunch of mini sidequests that day as well that included exploring parts of Disney California Adventure I’d never been to before! We took a gander around the Disney Grand Californian Hotel to check out their amazing Christmas tree and epic fireplace!
A delicious drink at Trader Sam’s, a really cool little bar in one of the hotels in Disneyland that has stools that move up and down, and fake thunderstorms that happen inside the bar when you order certain drinks!!
Of course, the night ended with fireworks, the World of Color show, and a lot of EMOTIONAL CRYING on my part! I am a sucker when it comes to music, nostalgia, and visual effects, what can I say?
I was also able to find time this Christmas to get a REAL LIVE TREE for the first time ever this year! I usually either travel back to Pittsburgh or travel abroad for the Christmas Holidays, so this was our first official Xmas in LA! Shopping for a tree was a novel experience… in my parents’ place, we usually just have a fake tree we whip out every year, but I gotta say, picking out a tree, getting it trussed up, and physically trimming is way more fun than digging a dusty box out of the basement!
I make it a point to do as many Christmas-like things and cheesy stereotypical Christmas traditions as possible over the holidays. Observe our Christmas morning!
At 8AM on Christmas morning, I was awoken by having Will SHAKING ME in bed screaming OH MY GOD SANTA CAMEEEE!!! It was pretty cute and at the same time extremely annoying (yes, Will is my boyfriend, not an 8 year old boy). I came out to the living room to see a plate of half eaten cookies, a slightly nibbled carrot, and an empty glass of milk sitting in front of the fireplace. I think Will must have gotten up pretty early to have eaten all that– err i mean SANTA must have been at our apartment leaving gifts and eating our cookies along with his reindeer who apparently ate some carrots, too haha.
We emptied our stockings and opened all of our presents in a hurry. I was super excited about all of my gifts! I must also say that the range of gifts I recieve really shows that, in fact, it is a TRUE THING and no longer just a JOKE, that I am getting old. Observe the awesomeness:
Overall a pretty kickass Christmas season was had by all, surrounded by friends and holiday traditions that I tried for the first time this year. This past week after Xmas has been full of eating, lazing about, and eating some more, so expect some epic food photos in the near future!