Blogmas 2017

Christmas: Contests, Presents, and Family

I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas!!!

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The Blogmas Contest is now CLOSED. If you have not yet commented on other Blogmas posts please remember to do so!

I am having a wonderful Christmas, I received wonderful gifts and was able to celebrate with my family ❤️

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Blogmas 2017

Blogmas: Historical Mission Inn

This year I decided to travel a bit to see the famous Festival of the Lights at the Mission Inn.

First, let me begin by saying that if you are claustrophobic like me, go EARLY, like 4pm early. That way you can possibly get parking somewhat close and see the vendors before the sun sets. At 5pm they turn on the lights! If you want to go inside the Mission Inn, I suggest you get there even earlier to get in line. Regardless of the crowds, it is truly beautiful.

Here are a few of the shots I got:

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This inside is also beautiful!

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They had an AWESOME GINGER BREAD REPLICA!

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Because I love researching things (#nerdalert), here’s some history on the Mission Inn:

  • It all began with the Miller family in 1874 when C.C. Miller opened a small boarding house in the middle of a small town named “The Glenwood Cottage”
  • Frank Miller, the son, bought the property in 1880 (changing the name to “The Glenwood Mission Inn”) and began enlarging the property opening the mission-styled first new wing in 1903
  • When sold to the Swig family in 1935, the hotel almost went out of business even after Swig sold over 1,000 historical paintings and artifacts.
  • In 1977, the hotel became a National Historical Landmark, successfully saving the hotel
  • Having purchased the hotel in 1992, Duane Roberts currently owns and operates the Mission Inn

 

Will you be going anywhere fun or new or exciting this December?

Blogmas 2017

Blogmas: Christmas at Disneyland!

First, thank you to everyone who responded to my previous blog about Disneyland and sent in questions or things for me to discover. Here’s what I found!

Visiting Disneyland during Christmas time is especially beautiful and especially chaotic. Right off the bat, expect the crowds. So to answer DREAMFILLEDDAUGHTERyes, the crowds are crazy especially during Christmas time, so if you plan to honeymoon there, try going outside of the holiday seasons.

RUTH (RUBY) asked me to check for the Disneyland post boxes and here’s what I found:

There are indeed post boxes in Disneyland! And yes, they do “work.” As long as your letter is properly addressed and stamped, your mail will be sent out from Disneyland, so cool! I think you can even ask City Hall for a stamp if you forget!

-EUGENIA was especially curious about decorations and let me tell you, they were everywhere!

As soon as you walk up to the park you are greeted with snowflakes, holy, mistletoes, nutcrackers, and so much more! My favorite decorations were the trees and the Castle itself.

This is the tree over on the Disneyland side of the parks. It was so tall I couldn’t capture it in one frame. In fact, it is 60 feet tall! (To read more about Disneyland’s tree, click here). I took a closer picture so that you could see the magnificent decorations! Let me tell you, those bulbs were huge.

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(This is me walking around Disneyland)

My good blogging friend CLAIRE YANG asked me if there were really hidden Mickeys and if I had found any. Well Claire, I found a few (there’s actually a book you can buy that tells you where all of them are), but here is my favorite! On The Haunted Mansion Ride, in the banquet hall, there will always be a hidden mickey among the plates. In the picture below the Hidden Mickey is right in front of the Ginger Bread house. Can you see it?

Claire was also curious about souvenirs. Well first, let me say I always prefer the hats to the headbands. The headbands are made for small heads and will most likely give you instant headaches whereas the hats are larger and can be just as cute! They do have some wonderful Christmas-themed souvenirs and treats like those shown below.

Of all the decorations, I love the castle, especially at night (I’m sorry I have no picture for the night, but it is all lit up and beautiful!). By the way, did you know that California’s Disney’s castle is specifically Sleeping Beauty’s castle?

 

Let’s Take A VOTE!

On the left-hand side is Disneyland’s tree and on the right hand side is California Adventure’s tree. Which do you like best?

Well, I hope you enjoyed my Christmas trip to Disneyland! It really is a wonderful place and I hope to return soon!

Happy Blogmas Everyone!

 

 

Blogmas 2017, Blogs / Life

DECEMBER 1ST and Blogmas!

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Let’s be honest, my tree got put up two days before Thanksgiving because I just couldn’t help myself and I am that person who started listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween. (Before you judge, I’ll have you know I listen to Halloween music all October but there is no such thing as Thanksgiving music so I have no choice but to move directly to Christmas music). And now, that December is finally here . . .

I absolutely ADORE Christmas time, for many reasons!

  • Firstly, Christmas for me is about Christ’s birth. I am blessed that there is a God who loves me enough to send his own son to live on this earth where He experienced his own share of heartache and pain. While Christ may not have actually been born in December, its the celebration itself and not the date that I am excited for.
  • Secondly, it’s another reason to get together with my family. I am not a huge shopper (thankfully because my wallet couldn’t support that habit anyway), but I do enjoy buying gifts for others. I love knowing that when they open my gift their eyes will light up. I love knowing that I can make them happy, especially when its the little things that do the trick.
  • Thirdly, school is out during Christmas break. So while the first two weeks of December are a bit hectic (finishing up that thesis, please send prayers my way!), the last two weeks are bliss. Also, this December I will be graduating with my Master’s degree so that’s an extra bonus!
  • Fourthly, the weather (FINALLY) begins to cool down and I get to enjoy Christmas sweaters (my newest one has candy cane sleeves and says “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) and boots!
  • Fifthly, as already hinted at, I LOVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC! I will be posting about my top 12 favorite Christmas songs closer to Christmas.
  • Sixth, I love Christmas decorations and lights. My house has been decorated for a week now (my dad does an incredible job on the outside lights) and we have a very special carousel-mantel piece that my mom and I set up every year along with our manger scene.
  • Seventh, people seem genuinely kinder around Christmas. Perhaps its the lights, perhaps its the hot coco, perhaps its family, but whatever the reason, people seem to soften up during December.
  • Eighth, I’ve decided to participate in Blogmas this year. Apparently during the month of December bloggers can put their entire focus on Christmas or just a few posts here and there. Since I already had some Christmas posts planned, I’ve decided to officially do Blogmas! You should join me!blogmas.jpg***Photo belongs to KaylaAnn, please do not reuse without permission***

 

What do you love most about December? Will you be participating in Blogmas?

 

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