Welp. It is officially the holiday season in the Bricker household. Our decorations are out and ready to go up, I’m using my favorite Christmas coffee mug while typing this, and listening to the old Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Main Street background music loop as I scheme about what new ‘ugly’ sweater I’ll wear to the upcoming event.
Some of you might claim it’s too early, that Halloween literally just happened, “Turkey Before Tree” or something else of that sort. To that, we say: you do you! In our defense, we started celebrating Halloween on (checks notes) August 9 and attended the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party a few days later. When your life is immersed in Disney theme parks, the concept of seasons or even holidays becomes warped. We were “over” Halloween weeks ago.
At this point, Christmas decorations are already up at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland (and have been for over a week), and we’re counting down the days until the fun and festivities officially begin with the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Perhaps I’m getting into the spirit of the season a bit too early, but it comes with the territory. (And honestly, I love Christmas. Two months is the perfect amount of time to celebrate!)
Anyway, as head of the party planning committee, I’ve convened an emergency meeting to ensure we have all of the supplies needed for Christmas 2022 at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Last year, there was a sweatshirt I wanted–but I waited until Cyber Monday to see if it’d be on sale–and it sold out (and is still unavailable). This year, I’m balancing my desire for deals with a sense of urgency for a few key items to start wearing/using.
As with Halloween, there’s actually a ton of good holiday merchandise from Disney, but it’s not being sold at Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Instead, there’s a HUGE Christmas Disney Shop on Amazon, most of which is being sold at significantly lower prices than what you’ll find in the parks. In this post, we share some of our favorite picks along with random thoughts.
Speaking of which, a handful of you have inquired about where we get our Christmas sweaters and accessories featured in photos throughout various posts. The short answer is all over the place. Amazon used to sell a variety of great classic Disney sweaters, now it’s mostly Star Wars and Marvel. Walt Disney World and Disneyland are another source, as is Tokyo Disneyland. If you want to see more of our huge collection of ugly Christmas sweaters and other items, let us know and we’ll do a post. (Fair warning, though, most of them are no longer available–so basically it’d be “showing off.”)
Also, please don’t take my clothing critiques seriously. Ugly Christmas sweaters are about the pinnacle of my style, so you I am not exactly a fashionista. To the contrary, I usually dress like someone who is in desperate need of the help from What Not to Wear.
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You can tell I’m being sincere with these picks based on the total absence of Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise. (In fairness, as compared to most of the in-park products, there are some NBC items that are not hideous on Amazon.) Anyway, let’s get started with some crowd-pleasers…
Christmas Mickey Mouse Santa Red Graphic T-Shirt — This is one of my go-tos for wearing underneath Christmas sweaters (since the weather isn’t usually right for those until the sun goes down). It’s cheap and looks far nicer than you’d expect for a shirt that costs less than $15.
Most importantly, I love the vintage look of this shirt, featuring pie-eyed Mickey Mouse as Santa Claus. This would be great with a simple “Walt Disney World” or “Disneyland” script below it; all of this year’s park Christmas clothes have way too much going on. (Side note: this has nothing to do with Star Wars. I don’t know why that’s in the product name!)
This countdown to Christmas features 24 books, each of which are 24-pages. Unwrap a new tale every day from December 1st through December 24, 2022. Includes both holiday-themed and everyday stories featuring beloved Disney and Pixar characters.
Funko Pop! Disney Advent Calendar – I don’t rehash my thoughts on the dead-eyed Funko Pops. (Suffice to say, we will not be buying this!) Setting aside personal aesthetic preferences, it’s impossible to deny the quality of the Funko figures. It’s with that in mind that we recommend this.
Last year, Sarah’s mom bought us this Disney Advent calendar. While we aren’t the target audience, we nevertheless thought it was mediocre quality with too many stickers and paper items. For only a few dollars more, the Funko option appears to be much, much better.
Sadly, I’ve been “banned” from buying more inflatables for a while now after one fateful post-Christmas clearance shopping spree at Target. So please enjoy these on my behalf, and allow me to live vicariously through your yards!
The fast-paced, easy-to-learn card game features beautiful illustrations inspired by the classic 1950’s Disney Christmas cartoons. It’s inexpensive and makes a great stocking stuffer, but we really recommend opening it before Christmas.
Stitch Merry Mischief Christmas Card Game– While still most well-known for the dead-eyed dolls, Funko has quietly put together a formidable game lineup. This is the newest entry into the lineup, and it sounds promising (we’ve yet to play it).
Here’s how Funko describes the card game:
Stitch is ready to celebrate Christmas but he can’t contain his excitement.
The perfect stocking stuffer for every Disney and Lilo & Stitch fan!
Fast-paced and easy to learn—play a game in minutes!
Push your luck choosing which presents to play.
Watch for naughty and nice Stitch faces that affect how often you roll the die and how likely Stitch is to unwrap your presents.
Santa Stops at Disneyland (Little Golden Book) – Finally, a book suitable to my reading level! The Disney Parks Little Golden Books released thus far have been fantastic, with gorgeous art and cute stories. This mixes Christmas and Disneyland, making it a must-own for us.
According to Little Golden Book, the premise here is that on Christmas Eve, Santa stops at Disneyland to spread a little holiday cheer before flying around the world to deliver presents. It’ll feature art of beloved locations throughout Disneyland, and makes the perfect stocking stuffer. (On a related note, there’s a new box set of previous Disney Parks Little Golden Books.)
Disney 5-Minute Christmas Stories— Join in the festivities of the season as Mike and Sully race to light the big Christmas tree, Alice finds the Red Queen’s present, Peter Pan brings Christmas to Never Land, and more!
A Merry Christmas Cookbook — It’s lovely weather for cooking a holiday dish together with your favorite Disney characters. With simple instructions and colorful photos of each treat, spending time indoors has never been so much fun.
Disney Christmas Storybook Collection— Join Ralph and Vanellope as they throw a Christmas party just for the Bad Guys; trim the tree with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the Toy Story gang; follow Elsa as she tries to create the best holiday ever for her sister, Elsa; and more.
Are there any must-have items for you on this list of Christmas stuff? Adding anything to your holiday wishlist or Cyber Monday shopping list? Any upcoming or recent releases that you’d add to the list? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!