Effective leaders know that holidays can be one of the most stressful times for families. So, providing the tools for them to create fun experiences is a sure win.
Imagine a little girl dashing about excitedly as the family’s guests arrive to share holiday dinner and gifts with them. It’s a delightful treat for a beloved friend who is granted access to their inner sanctum only to be met with an enormous collection of Disney’s fabulous female – Minnie Mouse! From blankets, shoes and clothes to stuffed dolls and other Minnie Mouse paraphernalia, one cannot miss the enchanting world of childhood fantasy that was birthed from the imagination of Walt Disney.
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy gathering with my family at Christmas amidst all the competeing schedules and watching Christmas movies. And, I confess that we have already begun! There is just something so magical in the season of goodwill and cheer as you remember how and why people celebrated Christmas down through the years. From the nativity dramas and children’s Christmas plays, to the Christmas trees and the gifts (store bought ones, but more heartwarming are the soulful gifts of a child returning home, a parent rediscovering purpose, a boss discovering afresh the joy of giving, and more).
And, today we share another homegrown solution that has become a global phenomenon – Walt Disney. What began as an interest in drawing with crayons and painting with water colours on their family farm, blossomed into something more as Walt assisted his father in his newpaper business when they moved to Kansas City, Missouri. The list of Christmas movie favourites include many Disney movies like – A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast: An Enchanted Christmas, Santa Clause, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, Frozen, and much more (Lunders & O’Sullivan, 2019; https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/g5060/best-disney-christmas-movies/?slide=6).
Although rejected from other movie studios, and told that his dreams of producing animated films was a dead end street, Disney was the first to use the combination of sound and color to produce Steamboat Willie (1928). And, it featured Mickey Mouse, the forerunner to my little niece’s beloved Minnie Mouse. Since that first production, the list of Disney characters is endless including Donald Duck, Goofy, Snow White, and Mary Poppins (Crowther in Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2019; https://www.britannica.com/biography/Walt-Disney).
So, don’t let the negative reaction of others arrest your dreams. Keep living and experience the Courage to be Free and more at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/KeishaAMitchellPhD .