Epcot was beautifully decorated for the holidays too! We have never been to the Candlelight Processional before, but I think we will have to try once before our tickets expire.
13 countries had a storyteller to tell about their countries beliefs.
We started in Mexico with Los Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Magical Kings. Norway had storyteller Sigrid who told his tell of the mischievous Christmas Gnome, Julenissen. In China we watched the Monkey King weave his tall tale of the Chinese New Year! We heard Germany's Helga tell of the first Christmas tree and the tale of the first Nutcracker. We saw Italy's good witch, La Befana speak of the Epiphany. During the American Adventure, Santa and Mrs Clause were their by the great gingerbread house, Mwalimu highlighted the seven principles of Kwanzaa, and we heard about Hanukkah. We discovered the story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year! We heard the drums of Morocco celebrating Ramadan and Ashura. Pere Noel shares a favorite Christmas letter in France. We meet jolly Father Christmas in the United Kingdom and were amazed by Nowell, a Canadian lumberjack.
But the only thing the kids were interested in were the trains in Germany and the great train setup under the Christmas tree in the USA.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
For Kelli and Sal it was the arrival of their DS! Powder Blue for Kelli and Cobalt Blue for Sal. I don't think we saw them the rest of Christmas Day! Vinny was all about his CSI kit, we were all fingerprinted and had to give hair samples (ouch!). As for Nicholas.....
After a roller coaster year of family ups and downs, Christmas ended on a positive note. At the last minute we changed our personal Christmas Eve plans to rally around my parents who would have celebrated Christmas Eve alone. Our families (Petriello/Ancewicz/Morgans) have created a new family tradition! We will celebrate Christmas Eve together just our three families. (Which makes eleven people and eight pets!) We are so glad of the events leading up to Christmas Eve because this was by far the best holiday we have ever had. The 'old man' even played board games..... (wow that was a first.) We have divided up all the other holidays since Tyrene and I have 'big girl houses' now! LOL Our parents seemed at peace with our new holiday plans, which makes our families so much happier.
We started the evening with great food, tons of laughs and some cute presents for the kids. After the little ones were all nestled on their air mattresses, the grown ups cracked open the wine and board games. We have never laughed that hard! The guys beat us at Buzz Word, but the ladies knew paybacks will come on Christmas Day! We honored Tyrene's tradition of not eating meat on Wednesdays by waiting until midnight to eat dinner. We feasted on riceballs, veal saltimbocca, sausage-peppers-onions and antipasto then cheesecakes and Italian pastries. Finally at 2am we fell asleep with dreams of new foods and gifts for the morning.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday from Sea World!
Ed took the kids on Shamu, Nicholas and Sal screamed the whole time, Vinny closed his eyes, and Kelli and AJ thought it was the best ride ever! Hmmm hard to please this crowd. I guess we will have to lunch......
We ate lunch at Sharks! The kids loved watching the sharks and stingrays before eating lunch. Our table faced the huge aquarium which kept them pretty busy while we ate.
The kids loved the Pet Show and Shamu's Believe, but nothing topped feeding the Sharks and Stingrays!
Our kids are covered in snow! Thanks to Celebration FL! For Sal's birthday weekend we went to Orlando with his buddy AJ and his family, Friday night we went to Celebration Town Square for the nightly snow fall. The kids had a great time.