MERRY CHRISTMAS, DISBOARDS!!! We just returned from a two-week birthday/Christmas extravaganza. It involved: a road trip from Baltimore, a two-night stopover at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, nine nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and two bonus nights at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista. We left on December 1 and arrived back home on December 15. This is us. My name is Holly and my husband is Brian (reddog1134). This was our 6th trip together. Luke, our precious baby boy, turned one year old on December 8. Brian and I got (premium) annual passes in October, so this was actually Luke's second trip to Disney World. You can read about his first trip HERE if you're so inclined. Here's a picture from that trip of Luke in his first set of mouse ears: Don't be fooled--he wasn't that enthusiastic the entire time. He was only six weeks older on this trip, but the difference was astounding. In October he really didn't have much of a reaction to anything. But on this trip, he couldn't stop looking around at everything. He smiled for the camera. He reached for the characters. He waved. He clapped. He danced. I feel like he actually enjoyed himself this trip, and in October he was just along for the ride. Brian and I have only been to Disney in May and September/October, so seeing the parks decorated for Christmas was a completely different experience. We had an amazing time! Early fall is probably still my favorite time to visit, but I would definitely want to go back in December. To introduce some suspense to this trip report, I will tell you about my list. Since I turned 29 on December 6, I decided to make a list of 30 things I wanted to do to celebrate our birthdays (29 for me plus 1 for Luke). You can find the list HERE in my pre-trip report. The big question is...WILL I ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING ON MY LIST? Obviously I'm not telling you now; you'll have to read to find out. ALSO...I didn't know in advance, but Brian had planned a birthday surprise (or two!) for me, so feel free to wonder and speculate about that. It was just the three of us for most of the trip, but some of my family (mom, dad, aunt, four sisters, one brother, and my oldest sister's boyfriend) flew down for a long weekend to be there for my and Luke's birthdays. My sister and her boyfriend stayed with us, and everyone else stayed at the Art of Animation. Now, to get in the Disney Christmas spirit, let's sing a little song together... On the twelve days of Disney my true love gave to me: twelve resort visits eleven trip companions ten pins for trading nine storytellers eight ride swap passes seven sorceror cards six Mickey pretzels five zeeeeebrrraaaaa dommmmmmmmmmmes four citrus swirls three bath bombs two birthday cakes and a hammock in an oak tree!