Christmas Vacation

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Vacation - “a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation.”
-      Merriam Webster’s Dictionary


I’m going to Disney World for Christmas!  You have no idea how excited I am to be typing those words.  I have wanted to experience Christmastime at Disney World for years but had never been able to convince my dad to go.  But finally, because of my internship schedule this summer, we didn’t go on a family vacation after last year ended or this semester started so we decided to go at Christmastime.  And I cannot wait until we’re there!

Our original plan was to stay at the Wilderness Lodge because it’s one of our favorite hotels on property and its Christmas decorations are beautiful!  However, there was a pretty good sale on rooms at the Grand Floridian, and it’s on the monorail so for our short trip, it’ll be easier and quicker to get around so we’re not wasting a lot of time travelling.  And it has a gingerbread house in the lobby so that’s always a win at Christmastime!

Since this is our first trip during the holiday celebrations, we’re planning on spending more time experiencing all of the holiday decorations and festivities.  I’m so excited to see this stuff and get in the Christmas spirit!

·         Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – So this is one of the main events at Walt Disney World during Christmas, when you actually get to see snow on Main Street in Magic Kingdom.  The parade that takes place during the party is the one that ABC shows Christmas morning, which I watch every single year so it’s so cool that we get to see it in person.  Also, I’m excited for the stage shows and getting to see special characters you don’t get to see any other time of the year.
·         Candlelight Processional – The second of the main Christmas events at Walt Disney World is the Candlelight Processional (fun fact: Walt Disney actually started this tradition at Disneyland when Disneyland first opened in 1955).  This show has a live choir and orchestra while a celebrity narrator tells the story of Jesus’ birth.  I’m so excited to see this because I’ve heard from many people that it’s a beautiful show.  We also decided to do a Candlelight Processional dining package so we get reserved seating for the show because people have waited for hours to see the show.
·         Jingle Cruise – If you didn’t know about Disney World’s Christmas decorations, it actually puts a Christmas overlay on the Jungle Cruise ride!  Instead of the normal punny jokes the skippers tell during the ride, they’re all Christmas themed punny jokes.  I cannot wait to ride this and see how it compares to the normal ride.
·         Toy Story Land – Probably the most exciting thing that I get to see this trip!  I have loved the Toy Story movies for basically my entire life, and yes I did cry in theaters while watching Toy Story 3.  Toy Story Mania is one of my mom and I’s favorite rides at Disney World so I’m hoping the new rides live up to its greatness.  We’re also planning on eating at Woody’s Lunchbox for a quick dinner when we’re at Hollywood Studios.  I’ve also seen the characters are all dressed up for Christmas and that’s adorable.
·         Animal Kingdom At Night – For the longest time, Animal Kingdom closed around 5 pm so I never saw it at night.  But recently (okay maybe within the last few years), the park’s hours were changed so it closes a lot later and they’ve added lights and more evening entertainment.  We always went to Animal Kingdom in the morning, but this year, we planned our FastPasses for later in the afternoon/evening.  I’m super excited to see how Pandora glows during the nighttime and all throughout the park.
·         Christmas Decorations – While all of the things I’ve mentioned so far are super exciting, the Christmas decorations around the resort are probably the most exciting thing we get to see while we’re in Disney this trip.  I know Disney spends so much time and money on decorating the parks and I cannot wait to see them in person.  I feel like once I see the decorations I’ll totally be in the Christmas mood and will not want to go home (not that I ever do). 

You can probably tell, but I’m so excited for this trip because it’s so different than all of the other trips I’ve taken to Disney World before since it’s gonna be during the holiday season!  Of course, I’ll take lots of pictures and post a trip recap when I get back!  If you’ve been at Disney during the Christmas/holiday season before, let me know what your favorite things to do are.  I’m always looking for suggestions!

November Obsessions

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Obsession — An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.”
-Oxford’s English Dictionary

November was a crazy busy month with the end of the semester and trying to finish outlines and prep for the onslaught of finals so that’s why I haven’t been as great with uploading in the past month.  But I’ve tried some great finds this month and I can’t wait to share them with you!

1.  essie just the way you arctic nail polish.  The only nail polish colors I wear are bright pinks and any type of neutral, but I love following nail polish brands on Instagram to see their newest polish colors.  And when essie posted this color, I had to buy it.  It’s the perfect light neutral purple that you would definitely wear to an interview but also has enough of a color pop to be a fun nail polish color.

2.  Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel Rods.  Since I’ve been eating gluten free, the one thing I have really missed are good hard pretzels.  Normal gluten free pretzel minis are harder than normal pretzels but they don’t have the same flavor as pretzel rods.  So when I heard about these gluten free pretzel rods, I had to try them.  I’m actually obsessed with these pretzels and have eaten multiple bags in the past few weeks.  If you have to eat gluten free and are looking for pretzels that actually taste like the real thing, check these out!

3.  The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.  Sabrina the Teenage Witch was one of my favorite shows when I was younger (and I’m rewatching it now).  So of course, I had to watch the remake on Netflix.  Boy, is Netflix’s version of Sabrina different than the series with Melissa Joan Hart.  This version paints witches in the opposite view of the original live-action show, where Sabrina’s biggest worry was how to turn her enemy Libby into a nerd.  This Sabrina has to deal with the Dark Lord and witches coming to destroy her town.  I liked the show’s expression of Sabrina’s battle with good and evil.  If you’re into dark shows, then definitely look into bingeing this show.

4.  Bath and Body Works Snowflakes and Cashmere Hand Lotion.  Bath and Body Works candles are my jam, but when I only need a small amount of money to put me past $30 to get $10 off, I look to the hand lotion section.  This year I tried out the Snowflakes and Cashmere hand lotion and I LOVE it!  The scent isn’t too strong which is great for me because my allergies start to act up if a lotion’s scent is too overpowering.  Bath and Body Works’ lotions are also great at moisturizing skin and makes skin super soft.  So if you have any free gift with purchase coupons, I suggest picking up this scent!

5.  Netflix/Hallmark Christmas Movies.  Once Thanksgiving is over, I’m okay with moving on to Christmas so as soon as Black Friday hits, it’s time for Christmas movies.  And if you didn’t know Hallmark is the master at Christmas movies and Netflix has now given them a run for their money.  I really enjoyed The Princess Switch (hello Sam Palladio!) and The Holiday Calendar on Netflix so far!  If you’re looking for something to take your mind off of finals for about an hour and a half, I suggest you take a look at the Christmas movie section on Netflix!

What did you love this past month and what things do you love around the holiday season?
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