I Love the Holidays

Christmas has always been one of my favourite times of the year. I love looking at the Christmas lights, listening to the Christmas music, buying gifts for other people, etc. I’ve gone to a lot of Holiday events this year which I have written about on Drag Him Out. The most memorable were the lighting of the Christmas Tree downtown, Festival of Trees, and I got to see the CP Holiday Train for the first time. Check out the posts to see pictures from the events or follow Drag Him Out on Facebook and Google Plus.

I don’t have many other events planned for this month, besides going to Candy Cane Lane, which I mentioned last year in my blog. But there are always events popping up on my Twitter feed that I find interesting. Do you guys like going out to events in your community? I think I got my love for them from my Mom. She was always taking us out to events like these.

So this Christmas marks two years since I’ve been home to see my family. I have one nephew that I only met once who turns three this month and then another nephew that was born in August who I haven’t met at all. I really wish that money and time were non-existent so I could just pick up and go home to visit everyone. But when I went home the last time at Christmas the plane ticket was twice the normal price, and Christmas is one of the busiest times at my work. I’m planning on taking a trip home in June/July to see/meet everyone. Do any of you live away from your families? Do you go home at Christmas to see them?

I actually can’t even believe that Christmas is coming so fast this year! It’s only two weeks away. I’m almost done my Christmas shopping, just some stocking-stuffers left to buy for my boyfriend. What are your favourite stocking-stuffers? I’m not really sure what I’m going to buy. I only have Monday left where I can go shopping so I have to find everything else I need that day.

Do you send out Christmas cards? This is my fifth year sending cards to my co-workers. It began when I started working for my current company in Nova Scotia. The girls there always sent Christmas cards to everyone, and if someone sends me a card, of course I will return them. I brought the tradition with me when I moved to Alberta. This will be my third year giving cards to my co-workers and you know what? I think I have only received one back, from my previous manager the first year I moved here. It sometimes makes me not want to give them out any more, but this time of year is more about giving instead of getting, right?

I am making it my goal to regain a blog following over the next year and participating in a Christmas card exchange next Christmas. I think it has been a couple years since I’ve done that and it is something I miss. Maybe I will try to keep my eyes open for small objects throughout the year that would fit in an envelope so I can send them a little part of Edmonton as well.

YouTube Addict

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos. Two families in particular; The ShayTards and DudeLikeHella.

I’m not new to either of these channels. I have watched them off and on throughout the years. But I really started watching everyday about a month ago. It started again when I was looking through my Facebook feed and a viral video showed up.

Previously to this video I hadn’t heard of DudeLikeHella but I recognized Cory Williams right away from when I used to watch SMP Films. After watching the video I wanted to find out why he was in Alaska. After looking through his video list I found out that he moved there and documented his journey. Then I wanted to watch his journey and ended up binge watching all of his Alaska videos in order from the beginning. The things that he does and the way he lives his life is basically the same as mine, if I didn’t have to work. I am always looking for new things to do in the place that I’m living as I’m sure many of you know if you’ve followed my blog back when it was active. It is also the reason I started my new website Drag Him Out.

The ShayTards are also a family that I had watched back in the day. The thing I love about this channel is watching the family grow up. The kids are so polite and well behaved. And they are all super cute! If I ever get to have a family of my own, I would love to have one like theirs. Growing up, my dad also liked to take videos. I’m pretty sure he has every one of my childhood Christmas’ on video as well as most of our camping trips. I enjoy going back and watching them now and then, and he has also moved some of them on to DVD for me so I could have a copy.

I have recently started going back into the ShayTards other channels like ShayCarl and Katilette’s channels to see how the videos evolved. It’s interesting to see the kids and also Shay change over the years. Looking though their videos has also led me to channels of their siblings which gives another perspective of the family. I think it would be so interesting to grow up in their family and have so much of their lives documented to look back on in the future.

What do you think about documenting your live on YouTube? Do you think it would be something you would like to do? I think I would. I don’t think I would want to be the one recording, but I wouldn’t mind having a record of all the big and little things that happen in my life. What channels do you enjoy watching on YouTube?

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