/ Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life

Reactions are telling. We react to countless items every single day, whether we’re conscious of our judgment or not. The first thing that pops into our mind when we see or think of any given subject ultimately tells us where we stand on the issue. And this time of year, many fun reactions are elicited by a treasured holiday tradition: gift-giving.

As you may have heard, this year WDW Radio is hosting a Holiday Ornament Exchange.  Participants will send a personally selected ornament (handmade or new) for another member of the WDW Radio community, and the same will be done for them. If you’re reading this on this post’s publication date, it’s not too late to be part of the fun! Today, Wednesday, November 27 is the final day to email your name, mailing address, and favorite Disney character to Christy@WDWRadio.com. It’s going to be really special!

Animal-Kingdom-Christmas-CharactersWhen the day finally comes and your package arrives in the mail (because of course you’ll be counting down the minutes, right?), you’ll run down the driveway, slam open the mailbox, thrust open the shipped box, flail the bubble wrap in the air, and… there it is. Your ornament, in all its glory. Hand-picked just for you! But how will you react? Here are 5 possible reactions:

Like, really excited. As in, you-just-won-a-night-in-the-Cinderella-Castle-Suite excited. Huzzah! The ornament is here! And it’s perfect! If you were Thor, this ornament would be your magic hammer summoned just to you and specific to match you just right. It’s what you always dreamed it would be! You’ll sprint to find the perfect place to put it on your tree, but not before doing a little jig in the middle of the street first.

The ornament is obviously Disney-related. And it comes from someone else who loves Walt Disney World in the exact same way you do. IT’S LIKE DISNEY MAGIC WAS DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR MAILBOX. [Insert cars honking at you so that you’ll stop lying in the street crying and they can move past you.]

Wait… this isn’t an ornament. This is lederhosen. Hmm, a note is attached, maybe that will explain it. Who’s Bernadette?

Dang! This person really took some time and effort into how they chose this ornament. Aw, gee. Now that Christmasy feeling is officially here.

The ornament, selected just for you, reminds you of why the world really isn’t so bad after all. How the spirit of giving can brighten someone’s day. How the same character depicted in your ornament inspired you when you were younger to never give up on your dr—MOM, JUST BE QUIET ABOUT YOUR ORNAMENT ALREADY AND PASS THE HAM.

With the Holiday Ornament Exchange or any gift opening in general, those pretty much sum things up. Do you have any fun stories of your reaction to a surprise gift?


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Blake is a college student focusing on Film and Media Studies. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @olddirtyblake, or at BlakeOnline.com.



6 thoughts on “Finding Disney—5 Possible Reactions to the WDW Radio Ornament Exchange”

  1. Steamboat Eddie says:

    I don’t have any surprise reaction stories but I may soon because I participated in the ornament exchange.

    Happy Turkey Day!!

  2. Linda Raymond says:

    This goes back a few years.. I was obsessed with the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins, My dad arranged for the team to autograph a ball for me. He had one of the Dolphins being it over to the house, and he made sure. I answered the door,,,well a sort of starry eyed young girl crush, on this person, and when I opened the door and he said,
    I have a gift for (me)… I sort of squealed like a little girl lol,,, and slammed the door shut right in his face,,,,,it was mortifying then, but some 40 years later it is just a good funny memory…

  3. klam_chowder says:

    Fun article, Blake – great job!

    You showed courage including the “confused” option: that may be coming to a mailbox near a reader soon – elicited by me!…LOL!

  4. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    Very excited for the exchange! And also

  5. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    Happy Turkey Day!

  6. klam_chowder says:

    Just wanted to give a big shout out and thx to LC from Trenton (keeping it cryptic to protect the guilty 😉 for the gorgeous, fun ornament. I <3 Mickey and am excited to search out Brave Little Tailor to expand my knowledge of mouse-history! Thx a mint for adding fun to my holidays!