Now without further ado, Kristina...
But that was before I started going to Disneyland again. Yes, Disneyland restored my faith in Christmas. In 2008, I renewed my year-round pass and experienced Disneyland in the wintertime for the first time. I can’t even begin to describe how magical it was. The atmosphere was amazing—it was hard not to be happy there. Everyone was friendly and talkative, and the excitement was almost palpable. It was cold out—something that never happens in hot and sunny Southern California—and as I was about to suggest we go instead out of the cold, it started snowing. Not real snow, obviously, but that was the closest I’ve ever been to “snow”. I watched it fall down onto little kids and families, and the entire scene was so... magical. Later that night, I watched the fireworks show. It was midnight, it was beyond freezing outside, and I was tired from an exciting day in Disneyland. Then the fireworks started. I won’t even try to describe how it was—I’ll show you, instead.
Although that day in Disneyland didn’t seem like much, it was impossible to not be happy while I was there. It was impossible to not be changed being surrounded by so much excitement and love from the people I went with. Most importantly, it helped me remember the magic in my heart.
I’ve already shared with you all what I love about Christmas. I love the smells of Christmas—pine, cinnamon, nutmeg; earthy smells—and how it’s colder than any other time of the year (although not cold enough for snow). I especially love the atmosphere, and can often be found just people watching in the mall while people bustle around during the . But now I’ll share two movies that I watch every Christmas, without fail, to help me get into the spirit of enjoying. The two movies are and Love Actually.
Both of these movies occur around Christmastime. While The Holiday is mostly just set around Christmas, it isn’t technically advertised as a Christmas film. It’s more than that – it’s about finding yourself when you’ve become truly lost, with nowhere else to go. In contrast, Love Actually is a true bonafide Christmas film. All of the stories are set in England, and every single one deals with love. Love Actually never fails to bring a smile onto my face, and, coupled with the soundtrack, makes me really excited for Christmas to begin.
I don’t believe in or flying reindeers or things like that anymore. I believe in the pure rapture of emotions one single holiday can bring forth in so many people, and I revel in it. While there is a lot of selfishness and bitterness Christmas can bring, there’s a whole lot more selflessness and joy. Most people are thinking of others, not themselves, and bringing happiness to them. And that, above all, is what I think makes Christmas, and the world, have more meaning.