A taste of home

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I seem to have a theme going with Christmas and air transportation companies lately! Air Canada released an ad that I literally saw 10 minutes ago on YouTube while looking up a Hozier video. This ad takes to a bar in London, England called The Maple Leaf. Apparently it’s where Canadians go when they need a little taste of home. (I don’t think Timmie’s is included in the beer pricing) To make a long story short, Air Canada pilots and flight attendants show up and hand out free round trip air fare to Canada for the holidays.

Now being a proud Canadian and a broke college student, this ad hits home. I have traveled a lot with my family, and one of my favourite parts of traveling internationally is clearing customs and making my way to a Tim Horton’s. There is literally nothing better than a welcome home chocolate dip and hot chocolate. I am lucky enough to find myself at home for the holidays so it breaks my heart to see people stuck away from their families this time of year.

I know Air Canada released this to compete with WestJet but this time of year it’s just nice to see huge companies like Air Canada doing good and giving the gift of home. That will also be the best gift on earth.

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Christmas according to WestJet

Last year WestJet released a video of them surprising a flight full of customers heading to the Calgary airport. In the video they set up a live video feed to Santa in a WestJet blue suit. Santa encouraged the travels to share their Christmas wishes with him before they jetted off to their future destination.

WestJet employees took notes on all the wishes of the customers and headed to various locations across Calgary to turn these wishes into a surprising and happy reality at baggage claim in the always beautiful and welcoming Calgary airport. The amazing WestJet staff made sure they covered all wishes big and small to bring holiday joy to all their customers that day. Gifts ranging from warm scarfs to flights home for the holidays to big screen TV’s were given out as snow fell around carousal 8.

Last years video makes me get all teary eyed every time I watch it. Yes, it partly has to do with the fact that Calgary will forever and always be my home and that magical airport is always the first thing I see when I finally get to breathe in that mountain air. But the magic of giving is so alive in this video so when WestJet released this year’s video I just could not contain myself!

This year’s video takes the same idea but to a very poor village. It is very heart warming what they do for this village and I won’t give anything away so make sure you watch it! These video’s are fantastic. They really show how much WestJet does care about their customers and with them it really isn’t about a sales pitch. I have yet to have a flight go poorly with them. Unlike many other airlines they have never lost my bags and they have actually held a gate open for a connecting flight because the previous one was delayed.

WestJet really does care and yes these videos are to attract customers and develop brand loyalty and all the other things that are wound inside the heads of their fabulous marketing team. It really isn’t about that at all. It’s about the spirit of the season and that sometimes showing that you do care can go a very long way.

Grab some tissues and enjoy, guys!

Sainsbury’s Christmas Miracle

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Supporting our troops has always been a very important cause to my family. Growing up my grandmother would never shy away from telling the stories of World War II. Sadly I never had the chance to hear the stories that many of my late relatives had from World War I. Now that I have a boyfriend who will shortly be a full time member, the cause has hit even closer to home.

Keeping up with the Christmas theme, Sainsbury, a supermarket chain in the UK, has recently released an advert that has taken over the internet. This ad shows a Christmas in the trenches of WWI through the eyes of british and german soldiers. It is a beautifully master pieced ad that shows the true meaning of the Christmas spirit; bringing forth two topics that will always be near and dear to my heart. Christmas and supporting our current troops and veterans regardless of what country we live in.

So enjoy your Christmas spirit and splendour!