I wanted to share what we did this year for Christmas. Hubby and I decided to do something totally different for Christmas. Last minute we decided to forgo the gifts and instead plan a spur of the moment trip to Disney. We kept it a secret from all 5 children, amazingly enough, and pulled off our plan. We never dreamed we could get a reservation last minute at our first choice resort, but we did.
We spent two nights in a cabin at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort.
The boys had a great time playing outside on the deck and lawn of the cabin.
It is hard to believe that all 7 of us fit quite comfortably in this small cabin. It had a family room, tiny kitchen, eating area that sat all 7 of us, a bedroom and one bath. In the family room area there was a Murphy Bed and a small couch. Hubby and I were on the Murphy bed and our youngest child slept on the small couch next to us. The rest of the family slept in the bedroom which had one double bed and a bunk bed. The only real problem was having just one bathroom, but all-in-all it was almost perfect!! It was really nice having a Christmas with no gifts. I thought the little ones might freak out at the thought but once we explained that the surprise trip to Disney was their gift, they were ok with it. But our 7 year old did say, "Mom, this was really great but next year let's just do the gifts under the tree, okay?" Too funny!!!
Kitchen table and family room
Fully stocked mini kitchen
Hall leading to the bedroom where 4 of the 5 children slept.
One bathroom shared by 7 people--interesting!
Bedroom had one double bed and a bunkbed.
Small World Ride
Castle by Day
Our teens who don't like getting their picture taken off guard.
We got some photo opportunities of the little ones while waiting in line for one of the rides.
Behind us people were getting their pictures taken with Pooh and Tigger--we got the boys picture with them while waiting in line for the Pooh ride.
Eeyore's House Taken Over by the Boys
They light up the castle and it periodically changes color! Amazingly beautiful!!
Castle by Night
And here is the gianormous, lit up Christmas tree at the entrance.
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful my husband's clever idea.