Epcot Candlelight Processional For My Birthday Yesterday

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Epcot Candlelight Processional For My Birthday Yesterday

So...here's where I tell y'all that I turned 40 on Tuesday.

I believe in the progressive bday celebration to EASE myself into this new decade. The fun started with the F&W Fest back in October, and it will continue into December, when hubs prepares a special winetasting menu for six (it gives him an opportunity to show off. It gives me an opportunity to drink my favorite wine. Everybody wins.)

BUT - another little piece of the celebration occurred last nite. I packed up the kiddoes and my mom, and we headed over to Epcot for the Candlelight Processional at 5pm.

No, it wasn't dark. No, we didn't do the dinner package (I swear our standby line was shorter!) But it was breathtaking and stirring, from the first note of the herald trumpets, right through to the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus.

I love that there is this nod to tradition, right smack dab in the middle of the season. I love the quietness, the joy, the pageantry, the solemnity, the hope that the celebration inspires.

I love that this is a real tradition that Epcot's been doing forever. I love that people pay attention quietly.

If you ever have the chance to be in the 'World during the holiday season, and you can see the CP, and Christmas means anything to you, please make time to see it. Even if you have to stand in line. It's worth it.

Mostly, I was thrilled to share this cherished memory with my children and my mom, who had never seen the CP before.

Merry Christmas, everyone. I look forward to sharing this magical time of year with all of you!

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That sounds wonderful Lizzy! Happy Birthday!

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Oh, it was! Thank you Smile

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Happy Birthday! Were the kids entertained or are they too young?

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Happy B-Day Lizzy & A very Merry Christmas to you and yours too! We have to get there for CP sometime.

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Brad wrote:
Happy Birthday! Were the kids entertained or are they too young?

My 6 year old girl was bored to tears, which surprised me, because she loves music. I think we were sitting too far back for her to really be engaged, and there was no dancing (of course) so she just was like, "oh great. It's a sermon." Smile The baby, on the other hand, loved it - the music, the lights. He clapped and smiled the whole time. The couple beside me remarked at how well-behaved they were...and I was thankful. I hadn't thought of it, but I would hate for them to have ruined it for someone else who stood in line to see it.

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mrhub wrote:
Happy B-Day Lizzy & A very Merry Christmas to you and yours too! We have to get there for CP sometime.

Thank you and Merry Christmas to you, too! Oh, please do! You won't be disappointed. It's so beautiful!

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I have grown more and more interested in this in the past few years. I have seen video clips and read TRs and it sounds amazing. Who was your narrator?

Did you take pictures?? It sounds like so much fun.

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I'm hoping to see this too this week but I'm not real crazy about Whoopi Goldberg and she's narrating this week.

I wonder if it's worth it to do the lunch or dinner package?

What do you think?

And Happy late birthday to ya.

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chriskre wrote:
I'm hoping to see this too this week but I'm not real crazy about Whoopi Goldberg and she's narrating this week.

I wonder if it's worth it to do the lunch or dinner package?

What do you think?

I recommend the lunch/dinner package. It makes it much easier to get a good seat. Plus you can have a fun lunch/dinner. Win-win!

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Bella wrote:
I have grown more and more interested in this in the past few years. I have seen video clips and read TRs and it sounds amazing. Who was your narrator?

Did you take pictures?? It sounds like so much fun.

Bella - it's awesome. I'm a pretty traditional girl, so it's right up my alley. John O'Hurley (Of Seinfeld J. Peterman fame) narrated, and it was extra special, because I've wanted to see him specifically for the last few years. Don't know why, but I just love him! Marlee Matlin narrated with the assistance of an interpreter when we went 2 years ago, and that was amazing. I literally wanted to jump up and down and sing every carol. But I'm not sure how those around me would have felt about that.

We did take a few pics, but with my phone, which doesn't zoom. Mom might have a few better ones...lemme check.

chriskre wrote:
I'm hoping to see this too this week but I'm not real crazy about Whoopi Goldberg and she's narrating this week.

I wonder if it's worth it to do the lunch or dinner package?

What do you think?

And Happy late birthday to ya.

Chris - thank you! Didn't you just celebrate one, too? I would love to do a lunch/dinner pkg on principle (you know, the principle of eating!) To Brad's point, it probably would result in a better seat. But our standby line wasn't any longer than the reserved line, and we got in. I wonder when those folks had to line up? We jumped into the queue about 10 minutes before the show. Granted, we were at the early show. It might be harder to come by a standby seat once the twinkly lites are on.

Mom wants to go back for Thomas Gibson. Who knows? Maybe we will. She had knee replacement surgery last Friday, but she's doing really, really well, so we'll see.

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