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  • Hi, Bob the Canadian here.

  • Let's learn English and at the same time let's learn about Christmas.

  • Hey Bob the Canadian here.

  • Welcome to this video.

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  • helping you learn English.

  • Well today we're going to talk about Christmas.

  • Christmas is coming.

  • On December 25th it will be Christmas.

  • And in this video I just wanted to talk about some of the ways the world looks different

  • as Christmas is approaching, as Christmas is getting closer.

  • So we're going to look at Christmas trees.

  • There's actually one behind me right now.

  • It's not lit up because it's daytime.

  • And we're going to look at Christmas decorations in stores and restaurants.

  • Christmas causes local businesses to decorate.

  • And I'm hoping this evening to be able to show you some footage from our local town's

  • Christmas parade.

  • So that's all coming up.

  • Welcome to this video.

  • Let's learn some English and let's learn a little bit more about Christmas.

  • So as I said we're gonna talk a little bit about Christmas trees today.

  • Christmas trees usually have Christmas lights on them.

  • You can kind of see the Christmas lights on this tree.

  • I will admit it would be a little more fun to be here at night, but I have to shoot some

  • of this video during the day so you can see me!

  • You'll actually find trees almost everywhere.

  • You'll find them in buildings.

  • You'll find them in stores.

  • You'll find them in restaurants sometimes.

  • Christmas trees generally start to show up around December 1st.

  • Even the bank has a Christmas tree right here!

  • So you might be wondering how do you get a Christmas tree?

  • Well that depends on whether you want a fake tree or a real tree.

  • If you want a fake tree you can simply go to almost any store and buy a tree there.

  • A fake tree is made out of plastic and other materials, and the cool part about it is that

  • you can use it every year.

  • But maybe you want a real tree.

  • There's a couple ways to get a real tree.

  • You can come to a Christmas tree farm.

  • A Christmas tree farm grows Christmas trees and allows people to come in December to cut

  • their own Christmas tree.

  • They usually have saws.

  • They usually have saws that you can borrow so that when you go out to get a Christmas

  • tree you can cut it down.

  • So I thought we should take a walk out to the actual Christmas tree farm.

  • I apologize that there's no snow.

  • Usually when you do something like this, when you come out to get a Christmas tree there's

  • usually lots of snow on the ground.

  • But you can see that this Christmas tree farm, there's actually lots of trees behind me for

  • people to harvest as Christmas trees.

  • And you can even see where some people have already come and gotten their tree.

  • If you don't want to cut down your own Christmas tree you can always go to almost any local

  • store - grocery stores, hardware stores - almost every store in Canada in December sells Christmas

  • trees, and you can just go there and buy one.

  • And of course the whole point of having a Christmas tree is that you decorate it once

  • you have it at your home or in your place of business.

  • So you can see our Christmas tree, this actually Bob the Canadian's Christmas tree, it's

  • a fake one.

  • We have ornaments on it.

  • You can see a little ornament down here, and we have lights.

  • So I mentioned that a lot of shops and restaurants decorate for Christmas.

  • We'll go look at a few.

  • Usually right around the end of November, beginning of December is when stores or shops

  • and restaurants start to, start to decorate for Christmas.

  • So let's go pop in and look at what kind of decorations they have put up.

  • Oh, hey, you can just walk past, it's no big deal, I'm just gonna start my van over here

  • so, yep,

  • You can see this restaurant has stockings hanging up, I'll give you a bit of a closer

  • look.

  • You can see that part of their decorating is they've put stockings up.

  • Stockings are something that people usually hang in their homes, or houses, and people

  • put gifts in them.

  • But I think this restaurant is just putting them here just to decorate for Christmas.

  • So I feel like I'm failing a little bit.

  • I've, I've been to a couple of restaurants and they don't have any Christmas decorations

  • up.

  • I was thinking there would be a lot more to show you, but I can talk a little bit about

  • Christmas Spirit.

  • The stores that have decorations up have a lot of Christmas spirit.

  • The stores and restaurants that don't, don't have a lot of Christmas spirit.

  • That means that they're not celebrating Christmas as much as maybe I would like them to.

  • So the store behind me has, right on the very front of the store, it says, "Canada's Christmas

  • Store" So they're definitely celebrating the Christmas season by decorating the front

  • of their store.

  • So, "Canada's Christmas Store!"

  • I think that's probably a good place to buy some Christmas presents!

  • So this store doesn't just decorate for Christmas.

  • This store has a whole Christmas section where you can buy Christmas things.

  • If you look along here you'll see all kinds of Christmas ornaments, and if you look up

  • here you'll see all different Christmas trees.

  • Now these are fake Christmas trees.

  • These aren't real Christmas trees.

  • And there's some up here too, let me put it up here so you can see.

  • So on this side you'll see all kinds of tinsel.

  • This is more Christmas colour decorations that you can put around your home or on your

  • Christmas tree.

  • Another whole section of Christmas ornaments, different colours, different shapes, different

  • sizes.

  • And then again more, more Christmas trees.

  • So you'll notice too up behind me this store has a Christmas wreath.

  • This up here is a Christmas wreath.

  • And they've put some balloons as well hanging from the ceiling that are in Christmas colours,

  • so red, and white are Christmas colours.

  • So they have a wreath, and they also have some near the front of their store.

  • I'm just trying to find my way out of the store.

  • So the store behind me is a clothing store and you can actually see in the window here

  • that they have a Christmas tree.

  • So this store has a mannequin with some clothes on it that they're selling and they have in

  • their front display window a Christmas tree.

  • So you'll notice in this store too that even on top of the clothing racks they have little

  • signs, and above the signs they have little what look like Christmas presents.

  • So behind me here there's actually a rack of mittens, I'm not sure if you can see it,

  • but it's designed to look like, a little bit like a Christmas tree.

  • So behind me you can see what we would call a Christmas market.

  • So a Christmas market is a place where you can buy things for Christmas.

  • You can buy fruits and vegetables.

  • You can buy wreaths and things to decorate your home with.

  • You can buy fresh baked goods like breads, but yeah, Jen and I are here today actually

  • selling our wreaths and centrepieces at a Christmas market.

  • So I'll hold this up a little higher so you can have a better view.

  • So that is a Christmas market.

  • So normally Santa would be over there, but apparently he's feeding the reindeer right

  • now, so we'll see him, hopefully he comes back a bit later.

  • So I have a special friend for you to meet.

  • Sometimes you see Santa at a parade, but sometimes..

  • Oh I see what you're doing.

  • Sometimes you see Santa at the mall.

  • So, hi Santa how are you?

  • How are you doing I'm good!

  • I'm pretty good!

  • Am I supposed to ask you for what I want for Christmas?

  • That's usually how it works!

  • I'd like all the people that I teach English to on Youtube to learn lots of English this

  • year.

  • Well, I'll do my best!

  • Thank you very much!

  • That's all we can do.

  • So another thing that we have around Christmas time, around the Christmas time of year is

  • local towns have parades.

  • So this street will actually be closed later today and there will be a parade.

  • So right now there's cars driving along, but this evening they'll close the road, and you

  • can actually see that people have their chairs lined up kind of reserving the spot where

  • they're going to sit tonight.

  • So this road's going to be closed.

  • It's a nighttime parade, so it will be dark.

  • Night Time parades are really really cool.

  • My wife and kids and I are coming down and hopefully I can get some scenes of the parade

  • for you.

  • So I'm sorry I didn't bring my microphone so this might be hard to hear.

  • I'm standing out here on the street.

  • We're waiting for the parade to start.

  • It should be coming from that direction soon.

  • Like I said before maybe you already heard me say this, it's raining.

  • It's a cold night to be out waiting for a parade.

  • But it should be coming down the street soon.

  • So parade will quite often start with a police car.

  • No one's in trouble here, but usually the beginning of a parade starts with a policeman

  • in a police car coming by.

  • Then you'll usually have some dignitaries, maybe the mayor of the town, maybe local government

  • officials.

  • They really like to be in parades.

  • Here we have some fire fighters out.

  • And you'll notice this is our first float.

  • So the trailer behind the truck is called a parade float.

  • Here we have a marching band.

  • Quite often parades have marching bands in them.