While we all dream of the Disney parks for the holidays, most of us can’t be there for the December holidays. The first Christmas season we ever visited Disneyland was last year (2012) when my kids were age 19 and 16.
It was a dream come true, but I am also equally as fond of the Disney holiday memories we’ve created at home over the years. You can see from the pictures in the above collage that we have made Disney part of our holiday traditions for a long time! My kids have wonderful memories of the year I let them decorate our Christmas tree with their Disney toys (many of them from McDonald’s Happy Meals) and stuffed animals. Mickey even got the spot of honor as our tree topper! Simple Mickey Mouse ear Santa hats were a big hit and they loved it anytime I would pull out the Mickey shaped cookie cutter to make treats. Those are great moments!
If you are looking for a way to bring the Disney holiday magic into your own home, here are some fun and easy ideas. Be sure to also follow the Capturing Magic Christmas pinboard for continuing inspiration!
Free downloads to help you create December holiday magic
Print your own countdown calendar from spoonful.com
Find a different craft, recipe, or printable for every day in December leading up to Christmas at spoonful.com
Disney printable gift tags from spoonful.com
Find free coloring pages to print out from spoonful.com and family.go.com. These would also be perfect to include in scrapbook albums. You can even print them out in smaller sizes to use in pocket albums!
Make your own printable garland decorations with a free download from family.go.com
Print out holiday activities from family.go.com to keep the kids entertained. Again, they also make great additions to your albums and would be fun to use in a Daily December type of project as well. See this post on The Daily Digi for ideas on how to document the December holidays.
Make your own Mickey inspired ornaments following the instructions on this blog.
This blogger shows how to make a super easy Minnie ornament. So cute!
Use a free template from spoonful.com to create Mickey snowflakes
This blog shows how to make ornaments using your favorite Disney characters with the Disney figurine sets that are available at The Disney Store.
Disney food and entertainment for your holiday celebrations
Make (and photograph!) Disney themed holiday treats. There are plenty of online recipes at family.go.com
You can catch a lot of Disney entertainment for free on the ABC Family channel’s 25 days of Christmas event. They even have a downloadable pdf of the schedule to help you keep track of what you want to watch.
We always watch The Santa Clause movies in December.
The Muppet Christmas Carol is our favorite version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.
Watching the Disneyland Christmas Day parade is a great way to cap off the season. I’m sure we will never go to one in person since we are not a big fan of crowds, but it’s fun to watch them on ABC each Christmas morning!
Be sure to check out the official Capturing Magic pinboard for Capturing Disney Holiday Magic at Home to keep the inspiration coming!
If you are planning to give a Disney travel related gift, incorporating some at home Disney memories is a fun way to add to the excitement. Even if your next trip is years away, there is something special about adding some Disney magic into your holiday fun! Hope you have a magical season!
Katie is an avid memory keeper and blogger at scrapbookladypages.com. She is also the co-host of The Digi Show, a writer & team member at The Daily Digi, and a digital scrapbooktemplate designer. She is passionate about capturing the magic of everyday life! Stop by and visit her at Toy to the World as she explores a world of fun, play, and memories.