Disclosure: This post is part of my all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, CA provided by Disney, in exchange for coverage. However, opinions are 100% mine
Our Friday morning in Los Angeles started with Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and Holiday Traditions breakfast at ABC Studios with Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker. They are a real-life married couple who co-host Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas “Pop Up Santa” and “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.” Chatting and mingling with this AMAZING couple during my time in Los Angeles for a festive morning was a magical experience. It was so much fun to chat with both of them as well as make Christmas ornaments with both Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker. It was such a fun experience hanging out tWitch and Allison, such an inspiring couple and we learned so much about their own family traditions while we learned about Disney Fairy Tale Weddings.
tWitch and Allison told us that they started a tradition of getting their photo taken with Santa every year. It’s a huge tradition for them where they get all dressed up; and they plan to continue this tradition even after their children are grown and married! They said one year their son Maddox was surprised to have The Grinch all lit up for one of their family Christmas photos. This year they’ve decided to have the adults dress up as a gingerbread man and snowman while their children are dressed up as reindeer and Santa.
“We wanted to start this tradition because we wanted to do something with our kids, but we actually hope in a few years they WILL be embarrassed and still know that we’re doing them no matter what,” Allison said. “I hope to be doing it when we’re 60 and they have their own kids.”
Another family tradition that they shared with us is that they enjoy making their own ugly sweaters every year. “The uglier, the better!” – tWitch said. Love it!
When asked why Pop Up Santa was so special to them this year, Allison answered,
“For Pop-Up Santa Holiday Special this year it was really personal to me, my brother is actually from an army base out here in California in Fort Irwin and when they approached us about being apart of Pop Up Santa they said we were going and doing a baby shower for 75 women on an Army base at Fort Irwin, Holker said. “I was like ‘my brother and his family are there and they have four kids,’ and it almost brought me to tears because I’ve seen everything that they have gone through being in the Army, and the families how strong they are, but the women really have to unite together. I just thought it was special to be a part of something that was really personal to me.”
About Pop Up Santa
In a tear-jerking sneak peek from “Pop Up Santa,” the Brantley Family of Clarksville, Tennessee, is about to experience some holiday magic. After a devastating fire in December 2017, Army veteran Stephen Brantley, his wife Iliana, and their four children lost their home and all of their possessions, including photographs and Stephen’s war medals. With the help of former NFL athlete DeMarco Murray and his wife, actress Heidi Mueller, the Brantley’s are in for an incredible surprise that will change their lives forever.
Allison expressed how this Pop Up Santa really hit home for her this year as her brother is from an Army base out in California in Ft. Irwin. She has witnessed firsthand what Army families go through and all that they sacrifice to be part of the military so her heart went out this family that was helped with Pop Up Santa.
Pop Up Santa aired on December 3rd but they will be replaying the holiday special throughout the 25 Days of Christmas. Disney Fairytale Weddings: Holiday Magic airs December 8th at 8 p.m. EST.
This holiday season, Disney|ABC Television is teaming up with Disney store, ShopDisney.com, and Toys for Tots. Fans and families can celebrate 25 Days of Christmas by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at a U.S. Disney store or on shopDisney.com until December 15th and Disney store will contribute $5 per toy to Toys for Tots, up to $1 Million! For more information on Toys for Tots, go to ToysForTots.org.
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Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
Just imagine a wedding at Disney? “Disney Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic” is back with an all-new installment once again hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker. This year’s stunning and romantic weddings at Walt Disney World Resort will feature a spectacular “Mary Poppins Returns” theme and a special performance by country music superstar Martina McBride. Disney Fairy Tale Weddings premieres on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST/PST.
The special is produced by Roberts Media and T Group Productions. Executive producers include Ann Lewis Roberts for Roberts Media, Simon Lythgoe of Legacy Productions, and Jenny Daly for T Group.
When asked about being the hosts for Disney Fairy Tale Weddings:
tWitch: “Disney fairytale weddings, Holiday Magic, we did for the first time last year, and the producers gave us a call. They wanted us to come and host the show, and we felt completely honored, because we, I feel like we have a very happy marriage. Being able to be a part of other people’s lives and, like, celebrate their wedding, which is like one of the biggest things that they’re gonna experience in their lives is really special. Like, it really bonds us with these people, and we really get to know them and we get to be a part of this, like, monumental moment with them, and it kinda makes us feel that we relive our marriage and, and our wedding.”
Allison: “We started hosting actually together for the first time with Disney Fairytale Weddings, and it’s so cool to be able to work with your partner. I would think that we have a very happy marriage. Our wedding was epic. It was amazing, and we really do love each other, and we get to be a part of these moments with other people, you know? So we get to look back at our wedding, like, you remember when we did this? And we’re able to look at our marriage and give advice to them about how we live our lives and so it’s just kind of like a reminder of how much love we have for each other.”
Stay connected with Allison Holker on Twitter @AllisonHolker and on Instagram: @AllisonHolker and with Stephen “tWitch” Boss on Twitter: @officialtWitch and on Instagram: @sir_twitch_alot!