Originally Posted by Jeff Westover
You, my friend, are an inspiration. That's totally something I would do. In fact, why haven't I thought of doing this?
Thanks Jeff, coming from you, that means a lot. It's a hobby I started over 3 years ago. Initially, I was just going to backup my favorite Christmas movies and specials from Blu-ray & DVD.
But as I came across new Christmas material, it too, was converted and added to the collection. Before long, I was searching out everything Christmas, I could find. A new hobby/obsession was born.
I canít even begin to estimate the hours Iíve spent on it, so far. I will literally spend hours, searching for an old film or special, monitoring for future releases. (Sites like christmasflix.com are an invaluable resources.) Btw, the UK has some of the best Christmas specials. I do try, to stick to English spoken material.
Even when you have a rip/copy of a film, youíre always looking to upgrade to something that is better quality. (Who wouldnít want to upgrade to a HD version of a film they enjoy?)
Then thereís the hardware. I recently had to upgrade from a 3.5Ē 1TB to a 3.5ď 2TB external drive. (I like, I can take my entire collection in my pocket.) I suspect before long, Iíll need to upgrade again. A big fear, that caused more than a few nights sleep, was harddrive failure. If I ever lost it all, Iím not sure, what I would do. I really donít think, Iíd have the energy to start all over again from scratch. So I make it a point, to backup fairly regularly.
I never imagined when I began, how encompassing this would become. While Iím very good at finding content online, (Rare stuff, like silent films.) I still have to occasionally purchase something from a fellow collector. Itís rare, but it does happen.
Of course, Iíve had to set limits, especially when it comes to stuff like TV episodes. Locating every Christmas TV episode, would be near impossible. So I decided to go with personal choice, and only add those Christmas episodes I remember fondly, and from my favorite shows. (Home Improvement, King of Queens, Happy Days, Doctor Who, etc.) Still, having watched and enjoyed so many over the years, itís still quite a challenge.
I recently began to include Christmas concerts and plays. Seeing how I always try to attend, at least one live Christmas show a year, I guess it was only a matter of time, until I did.
With new holiday films and shows coming out every year, I donít foresee myself ever being done. I suspect, thatís one of the reasons why, I enjoy it so much.
Of course, Iíve now started other holiday collections. Halloween, Easter, etc. But the content for those holidays, are but a fraction, of whatís available for Christmas. And thatís a good thing.