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The little signs of Christmas 

25 Dec

This was the first Christmas Eve I’ve had off in three years, and I loved it! I spent the morning baking cookies and watching classic movies with my mom. Usually by the time I get home from work, the cookies have all been made. 

    

    
 
Next one the list was Christmas Eve service. My family goes to two different services, one where we worship every Sunday and then one at my great grandparents church that we have attended for as long as I can remember.  

I love seeing the advent candles and then when it’s time for the congregation to light our candles and sing Silent Night. I get chills every time, it’s such a beautiful sight! 

    
    
 
 

From Christmas Eve service number two, it’s home to get ready to go to my grandparents house for dinner. But before we can go, an annual photo with the Christmas tree must be taken!   

  
And then it’s off to grandmother’s house we go where we meet up with aunts and uncles and cousins.  

    
    
 
And this year an extra special guest made a surprise visit!! Did you know I was Santa’s granddaughter?! 😉

    
 
Then all too soon it was times for goodbyes, hugs and kisses. Back at home, all the gifts that had been hiding in various nooks, crannies and corners found their way to the Christmas tree. Meanwhile the stocks that were seated on the couch were stuffed with all sorts of goodies!  

    
   

And once everyone goes to bed besides my mom and I, it’s time to recreate one of my all-time favorite childhood Christmas morning memories…Santa’s magic snow footprints. Since we’ve never lived in a house with a chimney, Santa has always left a one way trail of footprints on the carpet coming from the direction of the front door! I love that this is a tradition I now get to make and one I’m excited to pass on to my future children! 

  

And now it is 1:15 a.m. Christmas morning and I’m keeping my mom company as she bakes nut, poppyseed and raspberry rolls for Christmas morning brunch.  

 
And now with kitchen clean and eyes that I can hardly keep open any longer, I wish you a good night. May your dreams be filled with nutcrackers, sugar plum fairies, and the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of a little baby named Jesus, who was born to save the world. 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

24 Nov

Have you ever walked into work and been surprised to see yourself on a poster? I have…. here, take a look!

Disney's Restaurantosaurus Cast Members sing Christmas Songs in DinoLand, A Christmas Carol Poster

As I have mentioned many times on my blog, I use to work at The Walt Disney World Resort®. My first role was as a Quick Service Food & Beverage cast member at Disney’s Restaurantosaurus  in Animal Kingdom from August 2010 – beginning of January 2011. One night after the park closed and we were cleaning the kitchen, there was a group of us who started singing Christmas songs as we worked, and we sounded GOOD, there were harmonies and flowing melodies! And from there our little choir of Resto Cast Members was born!

We would sign Christmas carols outside the restaurant with the guests at random times throughout the day! Nothing made me happier than having my manager come take over my position so I could go sing! (Have I mentioned I LOVE singing just as much as I LOVE Disney?) Sometimes other cast members would join us as you can see from the picture above. She was a character attendant for Pluto and Goofy and one of the places we would sing was along the path the characters took to enter and leave DinoLand. There was this one time Goofy stopped to “direct” our little choir! It was one of the funniest and most adorable things I had the opportunity to witness. The guests LOVED every minute of it!

My favorite stories though are when little kids would come running over and request their favorite songs just so they could sing with us. My heart swelled every time just knowing this little thing, singing Christmas carols at Disney would be a memory these families would take with them. And I was a little part of that magic.

I don’t recall having this picture taken. And I was honestly shocked when I came into work one morning and I found a smiling, singing me on the wall. But if there was ever to be an unexpected picture of myself hanging for all my coworkers to see, I’m glad it was this one as it so clearly showcases me in my element — singing, enjoying life to the fullest and making memories for perfect strangers. Who could ask for more in a photo?

Disney's Restaurantosaurus Cast Members sing Christmas Songs in DinoLand, A Christmas Carol Poster