Christmas nostalgia with Walt Disney

In my post about my favourite Christmas carols, I mentioned that when we were growing up, we used to watch a series of wonderful Walt Disney Christmas cartoons. They bring back such lovely memories of childhood Christmases that I thought I would share some with you for my last post before Christmas. They’re from part of a series called the Silly Symphonies, and the oldest ones are really old – early 1930s. They’re utterly charming, and I highly recommend watching them if you want to get into a festive mood! They’re great for kids, but I think they’re just as lovely for adults to watch. These are my favourites. Does anyone else remember them?

Santa’s Workshop

This was made in 1932 and it shows Father Christmas getting all the toys ready to deliver. Look out for the chess board paint – it’s genius!

The Night Before Christmas

This one was released in 1933 and it shows Father Christmas delivering his presents. It’s loosely based on the poem ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’ by Clement Clarke Moore – the famous one that starts: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Pluto’s Christmas Tree

This one’s a bit later – 1952 – and it features Mickey Mouse, Pluto and the two chipmunks, Chip and Dale. They don’t make them like this anymore!

I hope you enjoy them, and have a wonderful Christmas! I’m taking a couple of weeks off now, so expect some posts in the New Year about where we’ve been exploring!

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