The Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street has such a cool retro feel to it. Although it's quite rich and vibrant in person, when I sat down to work on this photo, it seemed to take me another direction that had me thinking of vintage photos from the 1950s.
December has always been a busy month for me for as long as I can remember. Four out of six of my family were born in December, including myself, which only contributed to the holiday whirlwind. In recent years, I've tried to make an effort to prolong the season, to slow down and enjoy it. Days spent at Disneyland taking photos have done wonders. Especially on a night like this one. I found myself wandering along a pathway I don't normally use. I was taken by all the icicle lights adorning Sleeping Beauty Castle for Christmas. It was as if I was seeing it for the first time. No matter how much Disneyland does or doesn't change, that is something it still manages to achieve — wonder.
I really enjoy watching Disneyland get dressed up for the holidays, in ways both small and grand. I was really taken by the flowers in front of the New Orleans Square station on a recent trip to the park. It's the touches like these that really tie things together.
Michaela and I are off this year to spend Thanksgiving with our good friend, Dave. Not only is he a great friend, he's a most gracious host and an extraordinary cook. We anticipate food comas to set in by 5:00PM and we're bringing pants with elastic waste bands to make sure we're prepared. He doesn't judge. He just keeps bringing out more food.
There's nothing like the cherished time spent with family and friends. I'm grateful that we have a day set aside to focus on that and remember what life is all about. Whatever your festivities may be today and wherever they take you, we pray your day is blessed. We're thankful for so very much and certainly not least of all — you. Happy Thanksgiving!
It used to bother me a bit to see Christmas decorations going up before Thanksgiving. I never understood the neighbor who, the night before Thanksgiving, put up his Christmas lights because he just couldn't wait one more day. Now, I welcome it as part of the Winter season. Maybe it's a result of seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle decorated by November year after year, but now I find it hard to imagine the season without it. It begins to Snow in November most years in Northern California, so snow on the castle seems fitting. As for the garland, not so much, but who could complain when the castle looks as beautiful as it does, all done up for Christmas.