Disneyland: Our First Christmas Back, Day 2 Part 1

Sunday, December 28, Day 2 Part 1

Christmas Gifts

Today would be the day we would first use some of our Christmas gifts. Just a couple of days before the trip, we decided we should get a Flip MinoHD (mini camcorder) so that we could take videos of our trip. We were happily surprised when it arrived before Christmas Eve, even before their promised delivery date.

We had another surprise package arrive on Christmas Eve itself. Our company (where we both work) let us out at noon on Christmas Eve Day so we went to Bellagio to check out the decorations and some lunch, followed by a celebration drink in the Petrossian Bar, while listening to a pianist play Christmas songs. What a great kickoff for the holidays.

But the best gift was yet to come. On the way into the house, we stopped at the community mailbox and noticed we had a key to the package storage box. Not expecting anything, we were as excited as kids on Christmas morning .

We came inside the house, turned on the tree and house lights, and excitedly opened the package. Wow! It was from Passporters Bob & Larry and they had sent us each a “Bob & Larry Dining Experience” pin.

What a fabulous surprise and so in tune with the Christmas season and the generosity of Bob and Larry.

This was the first we had heard the story of these gorgeous pins they had designed as surprise gifts to Passporters joining Bob & Larry on the B&L dining experience at Artist Point during Mousefest. (You can read more about this special night on several of the Mousefest Trip Reports in the WDW section.)

How sweet and thoughtful to include us. We were simply amazed!!! We enjoyed our first B&L Dining Experience at Flying Fish back in 2004 (Jan? Feb?), several months after we moved to Florida, and we have enjoyed several meals together since. But when we moved back west, we were sad to say good-bye to those special events with our good friends and felt terrible about leaving them behind. So we were especially overjoyed to be included in this special gift and we hope to experience more meals together in the future – Napa Rose perhaps? But certainly they were with us in spirit at our Napa Rose dinner on this trip. Rich has written up a detailed description of our meal – to be posted later.

But, first, we have to get to breakfast beignets and chicory coffee at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express.

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Author of Cruise and Travel-Themed Novels ("Real Women Wear Red" / "Real Women Sing the Blues"), Songwriter & Poet