We've been married for sixteen years and I've long since let go of any romantic illusions about his gift-giving prowess. First, he's not the kind of guy who relishes shopping in any way, shape, or form and second, whether it be Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary, or Mother's Day he hates having to guess at what his wife might want as a gift.
He's a list man. Guaranteed success is his objective. Give him an order and he'll fill it -- mission accomplished.
So, when he posed the question about what I would like as a Mother's Day present I wasn't the least bit surprised. In fact, I was impressed! (He had three full shopping days left before Sunday!) What did surprise me was his reaction to my response: "I'd really like tickets to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!" After a brief, stunned silence he slowly repeated, "Christmas party? Tickets to a Christmas Party? For Mother's Day?" You would have thought that I had asked for tickets to the next Super Bowl! Yes, there were three days until Mother's Day, but there were exactly 182 days remaining until our next Walt Disney World vacation! 182 days! Doesn't he know me by now?
Okay, I know you "Disney-Lovin" readers already know what I'm talking about. For those of you reading for the "Spectrum Mom" aspect of this blog, please allow me to explain.
180 days translates roughly into six months. For obsessive Disney trip-planners like me, that "180" is a magical number... the high water mark of trip-planning. Park Hours and Entertainment Schedules are released! Advance Dining Reservations can be made! Least Crowded Parks recommendations can be consulted! Spreadsheets that have been standing empty can now be filled! Touring Plans can be written, and re-written to our hearts' content! Ahhhh! Pure bliss!
Yes, the winter coats and scarves have been packed away. The daffodils and the azalias are in bloom. The air is filled with pollen and the hum of lawnmowers once more. Mother's Day is here but this week my thoughts are fixated on November and Walt Disney World. I am in the midst of trip-planning mania!
So, here's where I got the idea for my present: Tickets are now on sale for Disney's special after-hours Halloween and Christmas parties and although they are absolutely worth the cost, they are not cheap. (About $60 for adults, 10 and up.) Even with a tiny Disney Vacation Club member discount that still translates into roughly $200 for a family of four. That's in addition to the cost of our park tickets for the week. Ouch! I may be a Disney-crazed trip-planner, but I'm still a trip-planner on a budget.
However... and here is the part my husband is having difficulty with... IF those tickets are my Mother's Day present then I have absolutely, positively no qualms at all about making the additional purchase! Suddenly, I am relieved of all budget-related guilt! Woo-hoo! Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, here we come!
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: 8:15 and 10:30 PM
- Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Fireworks: 9:30 PM
- Celebrate the Season Show: 7:45, 10:05, 11:20 PM
- Castle Dream Lights - See the castle transformed into a beautiful display of holiday lights right before your eyes!
- Live stage shows with Disney characters
- Meet some of your favorite characters throughout the park
- See it "snow" on Main Street!
Yes, dear. You asked me and this is what I want!
Wishing you all a very Merry Mother's Day!