It just isn't the holiday season without an ornament of the Beast taking a bubble bath hanging on the Christmas tree. This may be the most comical item I've seen featuring Disney's Beauty and the Beast characters.
It's time for the Disney Enesco Christmas Ornament Spectacular! These ornaments were sold in card stores and in catalogs during 1994, 1995 and 1996.
No Christmas special would be complete without some great commercials. Luckily, Enesco also made some ornaments featuring some popular advertising mascots.
Mr. Peanut from Planter's joins Lifesaver's, Hershey's and Campbell's to sponsor this event.
Beauty and the Beast have been celebrating Christmas since 1997. That's when their "mid-quel" movie, "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas" debuted.
The film featured new characters that were never seen again, including a Tree Topper Angel named Angelique (voiced by Bernadette Peters), a pipe organ named Forte (Tim Curry) and Forte's assistant, Fife (Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens).
Some of the Enesco ornaments were re-released over the years.
Beauty and the Beast will soon have their own village in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World in Florida (complete with Beast's Castle on a snow-capped mountain).
It's time for Holiday Cheer from Puppy Chow, Tootsie Roll and McDonald's.
This McDonald's ornament celebrates the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
It's time to go Under the Sea for a Little Mermaid Christmas.
The Little Mermaid has a new dark ride at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, which is also under construction at Walt Disney World in Florida. Could these rides ever get a Holiday makeover? I say YES!
It's time to cool off with refreshing Coca-Cola ornaments.
One thing I love about writing Dizmentia is that I have readers all over the world. This ornament celebrates a popular Coca-Cola campaign that I can remember seeing on TV when I was three years old.
Coca-Cola has some very creative ornaments.
Coca-Cola is the official soft drink of Santa's Workshop.
Santa's workforce also includes Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears are cute, but they sometimes drink on the job.
Santa also drops Coca-Cola from his plane. Look out below!
Santa Claus washes down the millions of cookies he eats using Diet Coke.
Enesco artists even came up with a Coca-Cola train!
The train was sold in limited quantities. I wonder how much it is worth these days.
Coca-Cola has been around for a long time!
Some of the artwork in this trunk reminds me of the opening titles to the sitcom "Cheers."
As we stroll down memory lane, we see Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse in the 1928 cartoon "Plane Crazy."
I love this version of Mickey Mouse. Notice his large, goggle-like eyes, which were eventually redesigned.
Mickey and Minnie ring in 1995, and celebrate the past with 1928's Steamboat Willie.
Squeaky-clean Minnie Mouse also enjoys a Christmas bubble bath (but not with the Beast).
Mickey's Toontown opened at Disneyland in California in 1993, so it was still pretty new when these ornaments debuted.
It looks like Mickey bought Minnie something from Victoria's Secret.
If you plan on driving across the country for Christmas, why not do it in style?
Driving a 1957 Chevy Bel Air and wearing shades and a black leather jacket, Santa Claus redefines cool in the North Pole.
Santa makes sure the elves have a jukebox.
It would have been amazing if this ornament actually played music.
Kris Kringle has a stylin' 1965 Corvette Stingray.
Here, Kris Kringle looks a bit like Guy Fieri from Food Network's TV show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."
Mr. Kringle loves to sample food as he travels. He really digs McDonald's! He loves it so much, he had the elves make him a helicopter out of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
The Polar Bears are in charge of preparing Santa's McDonald's lunches. The elves make him Campbell's soup for dinner.
As you travel during the holidays, be aware that the elves are busy all around you. They are making you French Fry Trees at McDonald's. They are even delivering pizzas at Pizza Hut.
Did you win a free sandwich when you played the Monopoly game at McDonald's? Bring your winning game piece with you when you travel for the holidays to save money. Take a can of Campbell's soup with you when you visit your Grama's house, and tell her "I brought you dinner!" Don't forget to leave a big bowl of Kitten Chow for Mittens while you are gone.
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas (so the saying goes).
LifeSavers make a charming Christmas Tree if you don't have room for an actual tree. Mr. Peanut doesn't mind if you eat peanuts, so don't feel guilty about gobbling them up during the Holidays.
It's time for some treats, courtesy of Coca-Cola, Hershey's, and Wrigleys!
A Coca-Cola bird feeder provides an oasis of refreshment for our fine, feathered friends.
It's time for Christmas with Aladdin! The Genie is a one-man caroling band.
Jasmine and Rajah probably won't see any snow, but they may find themselves in a sandstorm.
The Genie is often imitated but never duplicated.
Except when he is duplicated.
You won't find a magic lamp buried inside a box of Cracker Jacks, but you will find a treasure of some kind. It may be a piece of plastic, though.
Someone did get a diamond ring as part of a special promotion.
Santa wants you to leave him Hershey's brand hot chocolate.
If you don't get him Hershey's, you may end up with a lump of coal in your stocking.
Hershey's has their own amusement park (with roller coasters!) in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
We have yet to see the Nestle company build their Nestle Thrillville theme park located in Nestle Crunch, Wyoming.*
*This is just a joke. There are no plans, to my knowledge, of a Nestle Thrillville theme park. There is also not a town called Nestle Crunch in Wyoming. Yet.
Kids love getting toys at Christmas, and Disney has their own living toy. It's Pinocchio, the little wooden boy carved by puppet master Geppetto.
The hot new toy for 2011 is Tell No Lies Pinocchio made by Mattel. That's a lie right there.
Gather the family together to play a game...of MURDER! It's Clue from Parker Brothers!
Disney has special Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror versions of Clue that I really would love to play. I do own the Simpsons version of Clue, which is pretty funny.
I spent countless hours playing SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog game years ago.
I was happy to see a Sonic balloon in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
You can play Monopoly at McDonald's or the real game in your home.
Rich Uncle Pennybags dances around his Monopoly Money Tree, decorated with game pieces.
There have been many versions of Monopoly, but the classic everyone remembers includes Park Place and Boardwalk.
I'd like to see a Hasbro version of A Christmas Carol starring Rich Uncle Pennybags as Ebenezer Scrooge. Mr. Potato Head could be Bob Cratchit.
It's playtime with Tinkertoy and Monopoly!
I thought these advertising ornaments were pretty interesting years ago, but after becoming a fan of AMC's "Mad Men" ad agency-based TV show, I'm even more fascinated by them. Enesco made Juicy Fruit Gum and Wrigley's Gum ornaments and people actually paid to put them on their Christmas tree.
The Enesco artists are incredibly talented, because I would have bought these ornaments if I could have!
A chewing gum plane and tree? Brilliant!
I've just spotted Disney's 101 Dalmatians.
I especially like the dalmatian "tree."
Maybe Santa will bring a dalmatian puppy to your house for Christmas.
Maybe he'll bring 101 dalmatians. Better stock up on Purina Puppy Chow.
Mickey and his dog Pluto lead a pack of nifty Mickey and Minnie ornaments.
It's time for the Mickey Mouse finale of the Disney Enesco Christmas Ornament Spectacular.
I think I'm running out of things to say.
There's a firetruck, a car and a sleigh.
Mickey goes postal at Christmas!
Mickey takes a train (it is NOT the Polar Express).
Donald should have ducked.
Goofy goofed up and ordered too many of these Mickey Mouse ornaments, so some of these were available for several years.
The Enesco shop is closing up now. Mrs. Mouse has some stirring to do when she gets home.
Not shown here are delightful, cute ornaments with mice and elves featuring brands like Charmin, Tampax, Metamucil and Pepto-Bismol. Maybe next time.