When you live around Los Angeles, it can be a bit hard to tell when the seasons change. Sure, there are some trees that drop their leaves, but from a distance, that could just be a big pile of sunshine. And there are days when the sky suddenly grows dark, the temperature drops 20 degrees, and the water flying against your windshield makes it nearly impossible to drive — which is good, because you are in a carwash at the gas station, and they frown upon that sort of thing. Plus, you could totally lose your antenna topper.
That’s not to say it doesn’t get chilly. Some people even opt to wear a hoodie between their t-shirt and their scarf, not to mention those boots that look like oven mitts. Of course, the shorts tie the look together nicely. You look great.
All of that changes when the holidays hit. Once the Christmas trees show up in the stores, our calendars are back on track, and we know the holidays are just a few short months away. It’s like clockwork.
And that is when we make our plans to visit Disneyland.
To be fair, I tend to approach the weeks that pass as fall and winter in Southern California a little too lightly, but the minute my family arrives at the Disneyland Resort, it’s Christmas time. It’s on.
The parks are, obviously, as magical as ever, but there is something more — the festive mood of the holidays takes it all up a notch, wraps it in pretty paper, and then takes it up again. It is Disney at its best, a twist of innocence, fun, tradition, and nostalgia. It is the happiest place on Earth at its very, very merriest. Being there just feels right.
This is season’s greetings in mouse ears. This is holiday cheer in the smiles of your children. It is an experience that my family looks forward to every single year, and this year was no different. We visited last week, and we had an absolute blast.
This is how my family gets in the holiday mood, and I hope we always will:
Photos/videos: W. Honea
My family and I were park guests of Disneyland Resort for a Disney Holiday press event.
Whit Honea is the author of The Parents’ Phrase Book (January, 2014/Adams Media). Read more at his site Honea Express. You can follow Whit on the Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).