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 By Diva Viva

Walt Disney World, Disney Land, and the other Disney Parks around the world are known for their amazing Holiday Season Celebrations.  But what if you can’t be at the most magical places on earth for Christmas?  Does that mean you have to miss out on the Disney Magic?  Absolutely not!  Just bring some of the Magic to your home and make your family a part of the Disney Holiday Spirit.

I have been a fan of Disney all of my life and Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  Sadly, I have not yet had the opportunity to celebrate Christmas at a Disney Park yet (it is totally on my bucket list!) but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have Disney Magic in my holiday celebrations.  Though I am in no way an expert on how to create a Disney Themed Holiday Season, we have found in our family that the small touches of Disney that we add to our Holiday help make Christmas just a little bit more special.

For those of us that can’t get away for the holidays, or dread the idea of piling into the parks with millions of people during Disney’s busiest season of the year, there are plenty of ways to celebrate with Disney from home.
Our Christmas Tree has numerous Disney ornaments, all of which bring back special memories for my family.  There is the Merryweather fairy ornament that my brother gave my mom when he was only 5 years old that matches the Flora and Fauna ornaments on my Aunt’s trees in their houses.  There is the moving snow globe ornament with Winnie the Pooh and his friends taking a sleigh ride around and around.  There are multiple Mickeys and Minnies, including Bob Cratchit Mickey working at his desk.  There are countless Winnie the Poohs (who was my mom’s favorite character) from plush to pewter.
Our mantel is decorated with our Showcase Collection Santa Mickey that we bought at the Disney Store on 5thAvenue in New York City and our Goebel Caroling Mickey and Pluto that we bought in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion.  Our tree doesn’t have an overall theme, other than our lives and the stories we have made throughout the years, but one look shows that Disney has always been a huge part of that story.

For those of us that can’t get away for the holidays, or dread the idea of piling into the parks with millions of people during Disney’s busiest season of the year, there are plenty of ways to celebrate with Disney from home.

Our Christmas Tree has numerous Disney ornaments, all of which bring back special memories for my family.  There is the Merry-weather fairy ornament that my brother gave my mom when he was only 5 years old that matches the Flora and Fauna ornaments on my Aunt’s trees in their houses.  There is the moving snow globe ornament with Winnie the Pooh and his friends taking a sleigh ride around and around.  There are multiple Mickeys and Minnies, including Bob Cratchit Mickey working at his desk.  There are countless Winnie the Poohs (who was my mom’s favorite character) from plush to pewter.  Our mantel is decorated with our Showcase Collection Santa Mickey that we bought at the Disney Store on 5thAvenue in New York City and our Goebel Caroling Mickey and Pluto that we bought in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion.  Our tree doesn’t have an overall theme, other than our lives and the stories we have made throughout the years, but one look shows that Disney has always been a huge part of that story.
My cousin and her family have a fully Disney themed tree.  Over the years, she has bought and received Disney Christmas decorations in white and red colors so that they all match together in a gorgeous Christmas display on her living room tree.  Many people who have the space for an extra Disney tree or the passion to dedicate their tree to Disney decorations have such trees in their houses.  Do you have such a tree?  If so, please share your photos with The Disney Divas and Devos.  We would love to see them!
Are you wondering where to buy ornaments for a Disney tree or to add Disney touches to your tree?  You don’t need to look far!  The most famous national retailers have Disney offerings in their holiday sections.  It is easy to pick up a few ornaments that speak to you at the stores you are already visiting during the Holiday Season.  We have even found multiple Disney themed decorations in other languages, and we have started our “Feliz Navidad” Disney collection.  If you are looking for something a bit more specific, like an ornament of your favorite character, check online.  There are millions of offerings available from the Disney website and other those of other retailers.  Though, from experience, I would say the best way to create your Disney tree is by slowly finding ornaments that fit your family and represent your own personal stories along the way.  My favorite Disney ornament on our tree this year is the Victorian Mickey and Minnie Christmas Carolers ornament that my husband and I bought at the Magic Kingdom Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe while we were on our Disney Honeymoon.

A Mickey Snowmouse!
Not only ornaments come in Disney themes.  There are Disney themed stockings, figurines, Santas, wreaths, tree skirts, plates and serving dishes, Christmas lights, lawn decorations, and just about anything else you can think of.  Again, these are widely available at national stores and online.

Not ready to dole out lots of money to buy new Disney things?  Not to worry!  You can still bring the Disney Magic to your holiday.  How about Disney themed snowmen out in your yard?  Or a homemade ornament made of pipe cleaners in the shape of Mickey ears, a glass slipper, or Cinderella’s castle?  A little paint and a few Disney stickers can make beautiful decorations on a plain ball ornament.  With a bit of ribbon and a glue gun, you can transform old plastic Disney toys to re-purposed ornaments.   You can also decorate Disney themed cookies or make a special Mickey ears wreath by adding two small wreath ears to a large wreath face.  Check online, especially on Pinterest, for the many ways that people all across the world are crafting their own Disney Holiday Decorations.

One day I will be at a Disney Park to celebrate Christmas, but for now, I keep the Christmas Spirit and the Disney Magic alive together every year in my own home, and I invite you to do the same.
Merry Christmas.

 

~Diva Viva
To see more of the Disney Diva’s and Devo’s favorite ornaments, click here.

Hola! I'm Diva Viva, the bi-lingual Diva from the Boston area. My husband is from Dominican Republic and we speak fluent Spanish at home. I have always loved Disney and I get to WDW as often as I can! Now, I'm starting to introduce the Disney Magic to my husband and my step-daughter.