Our plan for Christmas Day was to avoid the crowds! Because we were fortunate enough to be able to upgrade our AP's to PAP's, we thought "why not go to Blizzard Beach on Christmas!" So we slept in (so nice to have older kids and be able to do that on Christmas morning!!). Then we made pancakes and sausage for breakfast in the room. Then we opened presents. Since our DD20 is studying abroad in India this semester, we had been giving her lots of attention and money! So we figured Christmas was a chance to surprise DD16 a little. We had given DD20 a laptop when she graduated from high school and DD16 figured that's when she would get one too. NO! We opened all of our presents and then DD20 had it all planned out to go into our bedroom asking to borrow a pair of my socks and then said "hey there's another present in your sock drawer!" Of course, it was DD16's new laptop! She was super surprised and has used it almost non-stop since getting it. I think it was a hit! As might be the case with many Mom's, my family says I'm hard to buy for. So this year, I asked for something very specific. Since I do about 99.9% of our Disney trip planning, I thought it would be fun if each of my family members planned 1 thing to do with just me and them at Disney, so that is what I asked for and that is what I got. DD20 planned a day for us to go on an airboat to see alligators. DH planned for he and I to ride the DTD hot air balloon. DD16 gave me my all-time favorite treat at Disney - the butterfinger cupcake from Starring Rolls at HS and took me out for breakfast at Denny's (call my weird, but I LOVE Denny's). All 3 things were so unique and it was really neat to spend time one-on-one with each of my family members at Disney! Those pictures and more details from each of those adventures will come as the trip report unfolds. But, I digress. Back to Blizzard Beach. We got there around noon and stayed for a few hours. It was a little chilly on Christmas Day (I think the high was in the low 70's) so it wasn't like you wanted to be in the water non-stop, but the lack of crowds was awesome!! The "view" from our chairs It actually felt "Christmas-y" with the snow theme at Blizzard Beach! This picture was taken at the "peak" of the day (around 2pm). I actually left around 2pm. I was the "wimpy" one of the group and was cold. The rest of my family stayed until about 4/4:30pm. I took the bus back to Kidani and enjoyed a nice Christmas Day bubble bath in the jetted tub. We had fun at Blizzard Beach. Together we rode the family ride, took the ski lift up to the family ride, hung out in the wave pool and went around the park a few times in the lazy river. After I left, the girls and DH went on basically everything else! That night we spent inside our room at Kidani. We had brought a bunch of snacky type items for a little Christmas night buffet. I also ate my delicious butterfinger cupcake. I'm so sorry I don't have a picture of the cupcake. Let's just say it didn't travel well and wasn't real "pretty" by the time I ate it, but it was still very yummy! Up Next - LOTS of gators!