Friday, December 25, 2009

30 Days of Christmas: Christmas Day!...

I know that the annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade is not technically a holiday film, but you have stuck with me for a holiday film a day-- and two on Fridays!-- for the past twenty-nine days, so today, I recommend nothing other than sitting around your tree with your family, eating Santa's leftovers, and watching this celebration.

The hosts are usually the same (Regis Philbin, Ryan Seacrest, and Kelly Ripa), but the talent and attractions change to whatever was popular in the previous year, and what Disney assumes will be hot in the upcoming one. This year includes performances by Stevie Wonder and American Idol's latest winner, Kris Allen. Everyone's favorite classic characters are on hand (or on floats, as it usually is), too, decked out in big, bright Christmas sweaters.

But what is really remarkable about this parade is that year after year, families line Main Street with their little ones to partake in the tradition. Though we grow older and a bit more jaded towards giant talking mice or princesses and their woodland helpers, the cameras always zoom in on the littlest ones in attendance, eyes wide in awe of the magical spectacle they are watching unfold before their eyes. That alone is worth the price of admission for this increasingly more expensive holiday season!

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