A few weeks ago, I had never heard of Balsam Hill. Now, I can’t get enough. From their beautiful showroom in Burlingam to talk of their charitable contributions, Balsam Hill has become a household name. continued
Over the weekend, I was feeling under the weather. In fact, I’m still not 100%, but I knew I had an event coming up that I had to bring a holiday cookie. Normally, I wouldn’t care too much and bring a pre-made something. However, this was Girl Scout leader meeting, so I might have felt a little bit of pressure to bring something homemade. continued
Last year, I offered ten reasons to visit Disneyland during the holidays. This year is no different. Every year we go, there is something new and exciting to share with you. However, I still have my can’t-miss favorites too. Disneyland during the holidays is full of holiday cheer, you won’t be disappointed.
Here are even more reasons why you need to visit Disneyland during the holidays. If you have FROZEN fans in your house, you’re in for a real treat this year.
Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street is new to Disneyland California Adventure. There’s a 50-foot Christmas tree in the middle of Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The 1920s themed tree will be decorated with vintage-style ornaments, just as Walt envisioned. Santa will also be on Buena Vista Street. Children can visit him at Elias & Co., the main department store along this street.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas morning. I would wake up at the crack of dawn, and run in to the front room where the Christmas tree was to see what Santa had brought. After the presents were long forgotten, I’d realize how hungry I was. Getting up at 4:00am does that to a kid. continued
A couple years ago, we made a rookie move. We visited Disneyland during New Year’s weekend. It was cold and wet and very crowded. Not only was it crowded, but the park reached capacity each day rather quickly.
When we checked into the hotel, the front desk Cast Member informed us that the park would be full. Disneyland has a maximum amount of people it can let in each day. Even though we already had our park tickets in hand, we couldn’t get into the park.
Several things can happen once the park starts to reach its operating capacity. Early on, the park will stop selling tickets. If you are a season pass holder, you may still be able to get into the park. Sometimes, pass holders need to wait until after 4:00pm to get in, depending on the crowd level already inside. Regardless, on high-traffic days, you’ll want to get there early. Be at the park when it opens each day. And note that once you leave, if the park has been declared at capacity, you may not get back in.
If you’re there during busy days, make sure to use your time wisely. It’s going to be crowded and lines are going to be very long. Bring lots of patience with you and find things that are off the beaten path. Grab a show, take the boat to Tom Sawyer’s Island, or enjoy a sit-down meal and watch the crowds go by.
If you’re denied at the gate, spend some time in Downtown Disney, see a movie, tour the hotels, or try your bet at Disney’s California Adventure park.
You’ll still have a great time. You’ll just need to be creative in how you do it. I recommend following Disneyland Today on Twitter for the most up-to-date park information.
It’s been raining like crazy, and we’ve spent a lot of times indoors this week. We’ve had a week full of Christmas projects around here. Earlier this week, we made a canvas hand print tree and a Christmas tree made of buttons. Yesterday, we made salt-dough Christmas ornaments. We’ve never made them before. I’m surprised how well they turned out given they were decorated by a four-year old. continued
As a kid, I remember a decorative Christmas tree that my grandmother and mother made together. I have always loved that tree. It has buttons and costume jewelry in the shape of a tree. I am lucky to have that tree in my home now, and I put it out every Christmas. continued
We’re finally at an age where craft projects are fun. When I first saw this project at The Other White House, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Both of my girls were able to take part, which isn’t always the case. After this project, we have a beautiful, hand crafted painting sitting on our living room mantel. continued
One of my favorite traditions with Em has been our Advent Calendar. I made it when she was just one and we’ve been using it for the last couple of years. December is here and so we begin another year of traditions.
I love that she actually remembers her calendar. It’s the first thing we get to do together in the morning. Our calendar is a little boring without toys and candy. But I love it because I made it for her. It’s made of cloth ornaments that are easy for her to grasp, plus they won’t break or make a mess.
I’m sure this is going to change the older she gets. This is probably the last year we can get away without having some kind of chocolate or toy, but for the next 24 days I get to enjoy the excitement each morning brings for all of us.