Our plans had been to go to Disney during Christmas.
I had a flight, hotel, lots of things planned. But I could never get around to actually doing the final booking. Either something always came up, or I got overwhelmed with indecision on something, so I let it sit.
We even went clothes shopping one day, and desiring some new pjs, I grabbed the Mickey Mouse flannel pants with glee, thinking I’d be wearing them in California.
I thought it was a SIGN. Book it! Go on…
Well, I didn’t. Something wasn’t right.
I was trying to entice us both at one point, by watching You Tube on Disney rides. But the more I watched, the more exhausting it all looked.
So I had the final chat with my son.
“Do you REALLY want to go?”
(stall…) “Ok… yes!”
But I knew he really didn’t want to. But I figured it was just because he really truly is a ‘comforts of home’ kinda kid. So I picked up the planner for the 100th time, and jotted down TRIP for the next day.
And then he got sick. Pretty sick. Just a flu thing going around. But it knocked him (and I) down further.
So I held off. Again.
And then ‘busy’ with 12 Days of Christmas just took over my mind completely.
I just got to the point where one more thing on the agenda would be just too much.
My mind chanted, “Disney isn’t relaxing. It’s fun, but you are more tired coming home than when you leave. Been there, done that.”
And then one day, while in mid worry, it just hit me.
I didn’t feel like hunting down a hotel. Or worrying about how to get from the airport to the hotel. Or standing in hour plus long lineups. Or being shoved this way and that on whizzing rides. A month ago, maybe. But not during Christmas.
The desire to leave just melted away.
I suddenly craved simple. Cozy. Quiet.
And then the convincing started.
I told myself Christmas wasn’t about the perfect mantel design (that had flopped countless times this year) or fancy getaways or any of that stuff.
It’s about cats, hot frothy coffee, a warm fireplace, cheesy Christmas movies in pjs all day long, board games, going for walks, eating a little too much, hitting a movie, and being near those you love.
Christmas is about home.
We have everything right where we need it. With no lineups in sight.
The last convo I had with my son went like this…
“Maybe we should just stay home. I dunno… I’m just tired…”
“Mom, I TOLD you I wanted to stay home! GOOD!”
I think part of the hesitation was just missing my parents. It happens this time of year. You look forward to the season, but… you know. Sigh…
But then suddenly, one day my son broke out, “Did you book it?”
“Disney! We’re going right?”
“No, we decided to stay home! Didn’t we…?”
Hmmm…. x 50000000000000000
Well, I got online to see if stuff was still avail.
It was! But I still held off.
And then I just remembered… I couldn’t book if I wanted to. I hadn’t activated my new credit card that holds all the bonus air miles and stuff. I should do that, just in case.
Picking up the phone, I dialled the number and ran through the prompts, fully ready to change the pin number they generated for me, because theirs always hurt your head trying to remember that garble of nothing numbers.
That’s when the door slammed shut, encasing my world in total deafening silence, and my jaw dropped.
Clear as day, there was the number. It glowed on paper.
And a big ‘ol smile grew on my face.
Their pin number had a VERY special significance rooting back to my parents.
It was like receiving permission to go to the happiest place on earth for Christmas. To not be unhappy. To stop moping. And to give my son, us, a wonderful time together.
I booked our trip that evening. In minutes.
This time of year is hard. I can fake it like the best of them, but it’s just hard. When you miss someone so desperately, it makes you want to crawl under a pillow and sleep the days away, if you dwell there.
But what better way to celebrate such a special season, than by visiting the happiest place on earth?
Who knows… maybe we’ll start a new tradition.
But there’s one thing for sure…
With a big ‘ol soap sud filled smile on my face this round. 🙂
If you have ANY Disney tips and tricks to share, I’m all ears! It’s been several years since we’ve gone. Thank-you!