Once again, I want to apologize for this WAY overdue journal. Mi dispiace :iconitalyohshitfaceplz:
So before I get into asking everyone about how the winter meetup could go, I want to just go over some points about Hetalia Day.
First off, thank you for everyone attending, from those who brought food/drinks and games ( especially those who were prepared to play a game... but we never ended up playing it ^^; ) to the parents that helped out and every Hetalian/Homestucker who wandered on over to our little ( pretty big ) gathering! Another big thanks to :iconcinderfurr: for aiding in rounding up lost Hetalians and such, and to :iconkyuubiarashi: who was the Germany that helped me get everyone's attention.
So from here, I'm just going to cover a few thinks that I think... could have been handled better? I don't want anyone to think I'm hating on anyone else, or that anyone in particular is guilty of anything, but I simply want to shed some light on a few points that I think we all could consider from here on out :iconvenezianoplz: ( and I want to apologize if this first part is more rant-like, but I just feel really strongly about these subjects, and I hope you can see where I'm coming from u_u" )

:bulletred: Running off with someone's wig/prop/stuff.
- I realize that you might have choreographed a prop/flag stealing scene together, and that's cool, but otherwise it's probably not the best idea to forcefully grab someone else's stuff and make a taunting dash with it. Just because you are France stealing England's stuff, Vriska, or some opposing forces in a story does not give anyone the a-ok to randomly take from another. Especially not the wig. Maybe it's just me, but I had a person at a previous con or something swipe my wig and, while I was fake smiling my way through it, I was really kind of angry that someone just took off with a wig that took me a little lot of time to finally not be itchy in. Also, when play fighting, I know it's easy to get lost in the moment, but try to be aware of your surroundings. While playfully swinging around a sword, you may smack someone upside the face, or when wrestling something away from another, you may actually inflict some degree of pain on the other.

:bulletorange: Barking up trees/ climbing on buildings.
- I know that no one ended up on a building, but I did see some tree climbing going on unfortunately. Unlike how if prop stealing is planned out its ok, climbing structures/ greenery is not alright all 'round. I don't care if you are the pro-climber 3000 and scaled Mt. Everest or something, you really can't go scrambling up a tree, and not just for safety reasons! The park people probably maintain those green things to look all nice and stuff, and if someone were to scrape up their work or snap a branch, they probably wouldn't be very enthused.

:bulletyellow: Flipping the bird.
- You may be Karkat, Punk!England, or Romano, but no one wants to see your lovely middle finger sticking up, especially when it's directed at others. In other words, even if its in character, PLEASE don't do that. And I'm not just harping on anyone because there were younger peeps running around. Gestures like that are just flat out mean, and if you are having a good time, why make a bad gesture?

:bulletblack: Flags on the ground.
- The one thing that kind of made me insecure above all were the times I looked around and found countries' flags crumpled up on the grass. I really believe that if we bring a flag to someplace, it should be either standing up or at least off of the ground. I realize that I also unintentionally messed up here, as I had lost my little Italian flag, only to find it after the event on the ground by the picnic table. Lets all work together so that we can make sure any future flag isn't sullied by the dirt.

I hope I haven't destroyed anyone's good mood, but I REALLY hope the wonderful people who read all the way through this take it to heart for future meetups. Alongside that, I do hope that everyone had a great time this past Hetalia Day, as it seemed most everyone who put their words out there had positive things to say~! Though, I feel that these points are important, and if anyone would like to talk or elaborate on an aspect these points entail, PLEASE comment or note me! I really want everyone to understand what I'm trying to say here, so if you don't understand, contact me please!

Winter Meeting!
So now that we've got that out of the way, let's begin talking about the winter gathering, shall we? Also, keep in mind that this will be a video gaming/drawing event. Board games are also cool if someone wants to bring some. Food may be permitted in potluck form, but that's still an unknown, so we'll just go with a 'bring your own lunch/snack' scenario for now. Also, cosplay is totally optional here, so, for instance, if you're a Seychelles cosplayer, you don't necessarily have to come in a thin blue dress during winter weather.
Day/Time
If everyone could comment their winter breaks, that would give a general idea of the time-span we could choose from ^w^
My break is from the 23rd of Dec. to the 3rd of Jan.
Location
This is going to be the tricky one as that, unless it snows a whole lot, we're going to be inside for this meeting. My suggestion for this even would be the Crestwood Community Center because it has good spaces available for renting and I know I can trust the workers there. The only issue is that its pretty far south ( from Forest Park where Hetalia Day was held ), and any people who want to come from the north might have a little lot of trouble traveling that far. If anyone has any other suggestions, please comment away!

Once again, I'm sorry if my rant at the top is a bit scalding, but if it comes off as that way, please talk to me about any qualms! The last thing I want to do is single out anybody or hurt anyone's feelings... I really think we all can work together to have a great time while making decisions that won't take away from anyone else's good time, ya know?:iconvenezianoplz:
Ciao for now! :iconciaoplz:
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NotASerialKiller Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The Hetalia day was awesome... *-* 

It would be a great idea for a winter meetup! And My break is from  December 23rd and January the 3rd. I can be flexible~
(I was the 2p! Iggy)
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Coranthum Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I totally wish I could have made it to Hetalia Day, but like I said before the event I had a marching band competition. (We placed 2nd by the way. It was a really exciting day for us since we usually place last. ^^' Haha) Even though I wasn't there I believe you have every right to point out these things. I would be fuming if this ever happened.

As for the Winter Meeting, my break is December 20th or 21st (Not quite sure) to January 6th. I am in the process of moving, but I would still love to find time to participate.

Oh, and has there been any update about the Anime STL panel? My mom just wants to know all of the details. Plus I would like to know if anybody was going as Revolutionary England because I'm still set on my Fem!Revolutionary America cosplay! :) 
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
( sorry for the late reply! >_<" )
awesome job in your contest, mya~! :iconitalyistoohappyplz:
thanks for the info as well~!
im not sure about what's going down for the ASTL panel, as i am only knowledgeable about kawa next year ^^;
if you're still all up in wonderment, you can ask :icontherandomnekoprussia:, who might have some more informative items to give ^w^
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TheRandomNekoPrussia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student
I'm not sure about ASTL yet but if you're interested in the kawakon panel message, we might have some room.
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Coranthum Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Haha thanks! We were all really excited especially me since it's my first (and last) year moving here. I might be able to make it to kawa, but it depends if I'll have my cosplay finished by then. :) I'll be sure to ask if my mom still wants more info.
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jetcrystal12 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Yeah, I see why you'd bring those points to light, some of that is more serious than most people think. And I'm super excited for the winter meet-up!!! It'll be so much fun, even if it's more toned down. 

My winter break is from the 23 of December-6 of January. Although, as my sister :iconbrittny2000: has said we will be going out of town from the 23- around the 31. That's the only thing that worries me 'cause I really don't want to miss the meetup... I think most people would be more likely to be free if the meet-up took place in the beginning of January because that's when most people are done with their celebrations, but it's just a suggestion :) I can't wait to see how it goes :D
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
( sorry for the super late reply! >_<" )
ive been hearing a mix of 'busy celebrating stuff in dec.' and 'my break stops early jan.' so perhaps we'll disregard the winter breaks and just go with a weekend date in jan. ^w^
thanks for the info! :meow:
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jetcrystal12 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist
(It's okay :) )
Sounds perfect! Thank you so much for working around everyone's schedules, I can't wait!
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TheRandomNekoPrussia Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student
24th to 3rd
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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TheRandomNekoPrussia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student
No problem
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FeatherWings1638 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds interesting...would it be like a Christmas party?  That'd be fun, considering the closeness of the holiday and the episodes surrounding it.  But it shouldn't be on the 24th-26th.  That's when most people celebrate with family.

Other than that, I'm up for it!
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm... some peeps are occupied all december, while others have their breaks cut short right at january...
maybe we'll plan past new years day and the 4th of jan...
---thanks fur the info! :dummy:
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FeatherWings1638 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I actually have this crazy plan of bringing my camera and filming us sort of derping off...and then making it into a sort of CMV that I/we could post on YouTube.
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well~~~~
i mean, some peeps were speaking of roleplaying a bit ( world meetings of course, no sword fights inside ^^; )
you can definitely bring your recording device and ask if anyone would be into that~ ^w^
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FeatherWings1638 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thanks...I'm planning on making it to fit this song


So if there are a few santa hats that'd be nice...
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NatalieCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student General Artist
My winter break is the 20th - the 1st (meaning the 20th and 1st I still don't have school on)
Sorry I wasn't able to make it to Hetalia day! I was so sad that I couldn't make it :p (In between my cousins sweet 16 and me being slightly sick, I couldn't go)
But with all this stuff, just yes. I have never had it personally happen to have my stuff taken, but I have had a friends stuff taken and then the guy ran off with it and we spent the whole con hunting him down -_-
As for the climbing, I also agree. 
Flipping the bird- I'm friends with two upperclassmen who always do this around me, it's actually quite annoying. Also its insanely rude, and since you were in a park there were no doubt little kids around. Kinda dissapointed that this had to even be pointed out D:
Flags on the ground- y'all have no idea how much this irks me. If I see a flag on the ground I will pick it up and put it on a table/chair/whatever. 
OKAY- back to a happier topic.
The winter meetup is a great idea! I have not gotten to see a ton of you all since Anime STL and I miss ya! :3 
This is actually somewhat close to me, around 30 mins from where I live. Eureka's kinda secluded from the rest of the world as in things to do (Besides six flags)
Sorry for all the commentary, I'm procrastinating. 
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
( sorry for the super late reply! >_<" )
thanks for taking the time to read through my rant in all understandin' ^w^;
and thank you for the info! it seems early jan. will be the best bet for avoiding holiday craziness, but a few many people stop having their breaks by then...
perhaps we could just choose a date on a weekend regardless of breaks? :?
this could get interesting~ :meow:
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NatalieCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, Weekend dates are the best bet. I finally got around to getting my permit, so in a little while it should be easier for me to get around. This should be a much needed break after finals.......
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brittny2000 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally understand where your coming from and some of those things worried me too..
On a higher note~ I think a Winter meet-up sounds amazing! :meow: My sis and I will probably be coming in our cosplays since they're so warm. Also I was wondering if some live action roleplaying would be okay at that meet up? If so, maybe a large World Meeting roleplay would be really fun. (In which case, cosplayers could combine forces with their twins and fans could be introduced as themselves whilst being able to talk to in character cosplayers.. Just an idea.)

The only thing that concerns me is that for a large portion of my winter break (23-6) My sis and I will be on a family vacation. I think maybe sometime in January would be nice to have the meet up since December is pretty busy.
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for understanding~ ^w^
and roleplaying would be fine, as long as it's more dialogue than a game of tag ( being that we'd be in an enclosed space ). and are you saying that the 23rd to the 6th you're going on the trip? or is that your actual winter break? :?
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brittny2000 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay~
Sorry for not being clear, 23-6 is when my winter break is. My sis :iconjetcrystal12: has given more of the details.
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i gotcha~
thanks, mya~! :la:
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