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  1. #16

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisLee
    ...Candlelight Ceremony. Apparently, no one here has attended it?
    Never been.

    I think it would be hard for Disneyland to decorate for the following:

    National Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15 - 10/14/05
    Oktoberfest
    Rosh Hashanah 10/3 - 10/5/05
    Ramadan 10/5/05 - 11/3/05
    Columbus Day 10/10/05
    Canadian Thanksgiving 10/10/05
    Yom Kippur 10/12 - 10/13/05
    Sweetest Day 10/15/05
    Boss's Day 10/16/05
    Sukkot 10/17 - 10/24/05
    Mother-in-law's Day 10/23/05
    Simchat Torah 10/25 - 10/26/05
    Halloween 10/31/05
    Diwali 11/1/05
    Day of the Dead 11/1 - 11/2/05
    Election Day 11/8/05
    Veteran's Day 11/11/05
    Thanksgiving 11/24/05
    Advent 11/27 - 12/18/05
    Season's Greetings
    Santa's List Day 12/4/05
    St. Nicholas Day 12/6/05
    Hanukkah 12/26/05 - 1/2/06
    Christmas Eve 12/24/05
    Christmas 12/25/05
    Kwanzaa 12/26/05 - 1/1/06
    New Year 1/1/06
    Martin Luther King Day 1/16/06
    Chinese New Year 1/29/06
    Black History Month 2/06
    Groundhog Day 2/2/06
    Tu B'Shvat 2/12 - 2/13/06
    Valentine's Day 2/14/06
    Presidents' Day 2/20/06
    Mardi Gras 2/28/06
    Pulaski Day 3/6/06
    Purim 3/14/06
    Holi 3/15/06
    St. Urho's Day 3/16/06
    St. Patrick's Day 3/17/06
    Persian New Year 3/21/06
    Mother's Day, UK 3/26/06
    April Fools' Day 4/1/06
    Passover 4/12/06
    Tax Day 4/15/06
    Easter 4/16/06
    Earth Day 4/22/06
    Administrative Professional's Day 4/26/06
    Arbor Day 4/28/06
    May Day 5/1/06
    National Day of Prayer 5/4/06
    Cinco de Mayo
    Nurses Day 5/6/06
    Kentucky Derby Day 5/6/06
    Receptionist Day 5/10/06
    Mother's Day 5/14/06
    Victoria Day 5/22/06
    Memorial Day 5/29/06
    Shavuot 6/1-6/3/06
    Flag Day 6/14/06
    Father's Day 6/18/06
    Independence Day 7/4/06
    Bastille Day 7/14/05
    Father-in-law's Day 7/30/05
    Chinese Valentine 8/11/05
    Labor Day 9/4/06
    Grandparents Day 9/10/06

    That's a lot of costumes for Mickey to change into.

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    Coming from a mixed faith background, I've always appreciated Disney's approach--I can still enjoy the holidays, but not feel like I'm getting one perspective rammed down my throat. So my family has never minded.

    I have not attended the Candlelight Procession. And I suppose some items should be religious--it's unavoidable. But not having it be the status quo makes me and my family more comfortable when we visit.

    And Disney knows when we're more comfortable, we'll spend more!

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    Never been.

    I think it would be hard for Disneyland to decorate for the following:

    National Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15 - 10/14/05
    Oktoberfest
    Rosh Hashanah 10/3 - 10/5/05
    Ramadan 10/5/05 - 11/3/05
    Columbus Day 10/10/05
    Canadian Thanksgiving 10/10/05
    Yom Kippur 10/12 - 10/13/05
    Sweetest Day 10/15/05
    Boss's Day 10/16/05
    Sukkot 10/17 - 10/24/05
    Mother-in-law's Day 10/23/05
    Simchat Torah 10/25 - 10/26/05
    Halloween 10/31/05
    Diwali 11/1/05
    Day of the Dead 11/1 - 11/2/05
    Election Day 11/8/05
    Veteran's Day 11/11/05
    Thanksgiving 11/24/05
    Advent 11/27 - 12/18/05
    Season's Greetings
    Santa's List Day 12/4/05
    St. Nicholas Day 12/6/05
    Hanukkah 12/26/05 - 1/2/06
    Christmas Eve 12/24/05
    Christmas 12/25/05
    Kwanzaa 12/26/05 - 1/1/06
    New Year 1/1/06
    Martin Luther King Day 1/16/06
    Chinese New Year 1/29/06
    Black History Month 2/06
    Groundhog Day 2/2/06
    Tu B'Shvat 2/12 - 2/13/06
    Valentine's Day 2/14/06
    Presidents' Day 2/20/06
    Mardi Gras 2/28/06
    Pulaski Day 3/6/06
    Purim 3/14/06
    Holi 3/15/06
    St. Urho's Day 3/16/06
    St. Patrick's Day 3/17/06
    Persian New Year 3/21/06
    Mother's Day, UK 3/26/06
    April Fools' Day 4/1/06
    Passover 4/12/06
    Tax Day 4/15/06
    Easter 4/16/06
    Earth Day 4/22/06
    Administrative Professional's Day 4/26/06
    Arbor Day 4/28/06
    May Day 5/1/06
    National Day of Prayer 5/4/06
    Cinco de Mayo
    Nurses Day 5/6/06
    Kentucky Derby Day 5/6/06
    Receptionist Day 5/10/06
    Mother's Day 5/14/06
    Victoria Day 5/22/06
    Memorial Day 5/29/06
    Shavuot 6/1-6/3/06
    Flag Day 6/14/06
    Father's Day 6/18/06
    Independence Day 7/4/06
    Bastille Day 7/14/05
    Father-in-law's Day 7/30/05
    Chinese Valentine 8/11/05
    Labor Day 9/4/06
    Grandparents Day 9/10/06

    That's a lot of costumes for Mickey to change into.
    You left out Boxing Day ...... glad to see Boss' Day is coming up, my crew can take me to lunch!
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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    You might be referring to my thread
    http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10148

    But as for your clarification, I strongly disagree with it.

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    To comment on several items in this thread:

    I have been to the Candlelight processional and I didn't find it to be very religious. It was nice, pretty, seasonal, etc. but not religious. This is coming from an atheistic/agnostic Jew who really would notice and be uncomfortable in a highly religious setting.

    The "Christmas" store in NOS sells lots of cute Hanukkah decorations. You can find Disney menorahs, kiddush cups, tzdaka boxes and mezzuzot in most larger Judaica stores. The are Easter Brunches held throughout the resort.

    It would be impossible for Disney to properly acknowledge every religious holiday (but boy would a Purim celebration be a lot of fun at Disneyland). I really appreciate the care that is put into the park during the holidays. Christmas is so commercialized in this country that, except for those who are already religious, it has no meaning. What Disneyland does, decorations wise, is IMO give the park a wonderful, magical HOLIDAY feel, without being religious.

    Its non-offensive to me as an atheist/agnostic/Jewish religiously apathetic person. And that says a lot.

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    In the not too distant past, the "Holiday" section of Disneyland's stores had a selection of Disney themed Hanukkah goodies. What I heard was that a small but vocal group complained about their view of the turning of a minor Jewish Holiday into a Jewish substitute for Christmas. (So you know my feelings, my kids enjoy lighting their Mickey Mouse Menorah)

    The next year, all references to Hanukkah disappeared. (But the same Mickey Mouse Menorah is still available on the internet at Jewish-based sites)

    This may explain why only the white bread version of Chistmas is celebrated at Disneyland.

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    weird

    youknow when I read this I was expecting this thread to be about why we don't decorate enough for Halloween or something

    btw if I'm not mistaken Halloween isn't a holiday at least not by american standards since we don't get a day off (which is too bad)


    anyway Disney handles Christmas rather well, though it wouldn't hurt them to actualy say Christmas (or DO they I can't remeber) actualy HMH makes since because the worlds fit together alot more easily then HMC and it's a Small Worlds name matches the attractions diversity

    either way I think Disney does a great job of putting it all together

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    Actually, the candlelight processional, while not "feeling" overtly religious, is. The "narrator" is reading from the bible, mostly gospel of John, I believe. But of course, just the parts that tell the story, so if you didn't know the bible, you might not realize that's where it was coming from.

    I think Disneyland strikes the right balance. I love both secular and religious Christmas, but feel annoyed by an environment that is 100% of either. Disneyland, for the most part, is secular, but the Candlelight procession adds that little touch of the religious that gives "heart" to the holiday. I wish they offered it as a regular show, so everyone could go during the holidays. I don't think *one* religious show in a park full of secular would be all that bad.

    Speaking of secular nods though... when I worked as a character host, I remember having some folks who wanted their picture with Pooh, but we had to remove the scarf first, because it was red & green, and they didn't want the Christmas reference in their photo (they were Jewish). I think it would be a *very cool thing* if Disney would equip character hosts with an extra scarf in, say, blue and silver, to put on characters as a courtesy to those guests, so they can have a picture that is really relevant to them. Either that, or put some characters in one set of colors (say, Pooh with red and green) and others in the other set (for example Eeyore in blue and silver). But yeah, I think red & green but with an extra scarf would be better, just going off population percentages.

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jspider
    weird

    btw if I'm not mistaken Halloween isn't a holiday at least not by american standards since we don't get a day off (which is too bad)
    Oh man... could you imagine if we DID get Halloween off? Oh the drunk driving THAT night! Kids wouldn't be able to trick or treat in the dark any more (of course, nowadays the good candy is gone by sunset anyway because parents send their kids out at like 5)

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jspider
    btw if I'm not mistaken Halloween isn't a holiday at least not by american standards since we don't get a day off (which is too bad)
    It isn't a holiday that you take off but it is still considered a Holiday same as Valentine's Day. New Year's Eve is not a holiday in that sense BUT we all look forward to it.

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    >>Sukkot 10/17 - 10/24/05

    Hee- I think Disney could make a bundle celebrating Sukkot! A Disney-themed Sukkah for your yard! Mickey-branded Lulav and Etrog! Tigger leading the dancing!

    The image is too funny!!!
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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    *shrug* Disneyland can't please everyone.

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    I can't wait for Christmas to be called "Spending Day" and everyone "spends" the day with relatives at the park. Of course it would be nine kinds of crowded so I wouldn't go, instead staying home to loot the homes of people who are at the park, especially those "Whos". Ooooo that little Cindy Loo...so smug, so "cheery", so "hey why can't we all just get along?"!!! STAY OFF MY LAWN YOU LITTLE GNOME!!!
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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disney Wrassler
    Exactly. That is what I tried to say in post 1. Disneyland is not celebrating anything religious at all. They are just celebrating the big corporate commercialized version.
    They are the commercialized version. Disneyland doesn't market Christmas, but rather a sense of "Holiday Magic." They try to evoke the happiness and magic of "The Holidays" not through religion and all that stuff but magical decorations, christmas lights, and a big hug from Santa Mickey. They do all that and at the same utilize it as a way for advertising.

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    Re: Why do they only celebrate christmas at Disneyland?

    Quote Originally Posted by EagleWings
    *shrug* Disneyland can't please everyone.
    I have overheard someone refer to the time and effort Disneyland puts into decorating for the holidays as useless and a waste of money...

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