Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas at Disneyland!

...And you're surfing the internet.

For the final post of the 25 days of Christmas I am taking you on a tour of Christmas at Disneyland!

Many people celebrate Christmas Day at Disneyland.  Now you can enjoy some of the decorations from the comfort of your own home.

Christmas at Disneyland...

Front entrance all decked out...

The Christmas tree inside the park.  Did you know that the ornaments on the bottom are actually much larger than the ornaments at the top.  This trick makes the tree appear taller than it really is!

I always enjoy the florals here... always festive.

Each shop on Main Street, USA had its own special themed garland.

Also, almost every land had its own special land specific Christmas decorations.  This is in New Orleans Square.

From Halloween to Christmas the Haunted Mansion has a special "Nightmare before Christmas" theme!

In Critter Country, the wreaths had bee hives and ornaments that were made to appear as if they were dipped in honey. After all, Winnie the Pooh put these up!

Brer Rabbits tree is falling out of the building

In the back area of the park they have a whole Christmas themed area that is not only quiet, but pretty too.

They have a cabin decorated inside and out.

They also have a petting zoo with goats (on the other side).  I was surprised to see the baby cow again!  She has grown a lot.

Here is the baby cow from last year... she has grown!  Last year she just sat like this, but this year she kept her butt to us and mooed the whole time. Very cute!


Over by "It's a Small World", every light pole had a country themed wreath.

In Toon Town, the Christmas tree and decorations appear... well, cartoonish.

Now off to California Adventure park!

The trolley had garland on it.

The big tree in California Adventure
I like this tree better
In Hollywoodland, the decorations are 1930s/1940s inspired

In Carsland, the decorations are cars-inspired.

This one is inspired by the hippy VW van...
 Tires and filters make up the garland

Mater's tree...

 the GI Joe tree, red, white and blue....

 If you look closely at the "snowflakes" above... they are actually made from wrenches!

A construction cone tree...

 Get your kicks...
on Route 66
 This is the car's body shop decorations...

Hubcap tree

Okay... off to A Bug's Land.  The lights, candy cane, and Santa pencil are really BIG because when you enter a Bug's Land you become the size of an ant.

Paradise Pier has a Latin Christmas themed area...

Paradise Pier's tree. Can you spot the hidden Mickeys?

And then giant presents were scattered along the walkway. I think they are used for the nighttime show.

I would also like to point out the beautiful pink roses that are STILL BLOOMING in Winter! Ahhh yes, the beauty of Southern California.

This cracked me up. These ducks were just sitting there on the concrete.  As if that is the most comfortable place to sit! ha!

Ok, run back to the other park!

You have to watch the Christmas parade.

 One of the many floats...

If you missed the parade, it airs on Christmas Day on national tv.  Did you know that they actually film that parade in mid-November.  

It cracks me up... the day they filmed it this year it was almost 90 degrees!  If you watch the parade like I did last year... people were wearing scarves.  I am pretty sure those were handed out as props and that people were probably sweating since it's usually warm mid-November.  I guess we will see!

I hope you enjoyed this little trip to Disneyland.

I also hope that you have enjoyed my 25 days of Christmas.  I had a fun time blogging about Christmas.  It was a bit exhausting; having a new post every day is very time consuming.  

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!

(all pictures in this post aside from the Christmas banner were taken by me and are property of mine. Do not use without permission).

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Pyramids

Christmas Pyramids!

Christmas pyramids are yet another one of my favorite Christmas decorations.

It is unknown when they originated, but it is thought as early as the 1500s from the Erzgebirge region in Germany.

How do they work?

The heat from the candles rise, causing the blades above to spin.  In a dimly lit room, the figures dance on the ceiling and walls.

They come in all sizes.

Here are mine:

The rabbit one is powered only by wind.  Set him under a heating vent and he will turn!

The one below is one I got at an estate sale.  I have never seen anything like him before. 

I don't know his age, probably at least 1960s or older.

The candles provide the power, and then when the fan turns it rings a bell.  I had this one sitting under a vent... it turned annoying very quickly!
antique pyramid
 Here is my kitty cat wind powered pyramid:

My "big" pyramid, a single tier, sits in the center of the table.  I never took a picture directly of this one!

A sampling of single tier pyramids:
By Christian Ulbricht, love how the birds fly above
Another single tier pyramid.  Single tier are the most popular.

a more modern pyramid, I like how it resembles a palm tree
Now, double tier!
a very fancy pyramid

another double tier! from Kathe Wohlfahrt
And now... THREE tier!
three tiers!
Three tiers not big enough? How about... FOUR TIERS!
from Kathe Wohlfahrt
 another 4 tier....

oh my goodness, FIVE TIERS! They had to add another tier of candles to power this baby!

Not big enough for you? You can buy a 6 tier pyramid! (Note, this one is electric!)
a colorful large pyramid
And of course, the Germans have a really big pyramid in the center of a Chriskindlmarkt.  How cool is that?!
And, another German city has a large pyramid as well.
a very large pyramid!
What size pyramid do you want to have?  I am thinking either a 3 or 4 tier pyramid for me.  The question is, go for the painted colorful ones or go for the natural wood ones?  Another question, Nativity themed or Winter themed? What do you think? Help me decide!

Images from Erzgebirge Palace unless otherwise noted.  These are all for sale, I highly recommend visiting their website and checking them out. (I have no financial interests in this company).