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Wookiee Cookies

Star Wars has had a strong Christmas connection since the release of the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978. When a new Star Wars film is released, it normally happens in December which is an awesome gift to millions of fans out there.

We got into the Star Wars Christmas mood this week, in honour of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, when we made gingerbread Wookiee Cookies!

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I Heart XMas with Jenna Mo

Welcome to the I Heart XMAS Q&A, where Retro Festive asks notable Canadians about their own Christmas traditions and what they would like to find under the tree!

Today we’re talking to Jenna Mo from Mornings with Jesse & Jenna on JUMP! 106.9 in Ottawa, Ontario. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Mornings with Jesse & Jenna
Mornings with Jesse & Jenna

 

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
For as long as I can remember, my family has always had a real Christmas tree, but it’s not the most beautiful one on the lot. Every year we go and pick out the ugliest ‘Charlie Brown’ tree so that it can also have a nice home during the holidays.

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I Heart XMas with Jack Sweeney

Welcome to the I Heart XMAS Q&A, where Retro Festive asks notable Canadians about their own Christmas traditions and what they would like to find under the tree!

Today we’re talking to Jack Sweeney from CISN in the Mornings with Chris, Jack, and Matt on  CISN Country 103.9 in Edmonton, Alberta. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

CISN in the Mornings
CISN in the Mornings with Chris, Jack, and Matt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite Christmas movie or TV special?
The Nightmare Before Christmas! Some say it’s a Halloween movie, but in the Sweeney house, it only comes out at Christmas Time!

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
We are just starting our traditions (my husband and I have a one year old), but I remember growing up Santa would always write me a letter and leave it on our fireplace so I could read it Christmas morning. It always amazed me that he knew such specific details about my life from the past year. He really is always watching!

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
I love to give. Especially when you have looked far and wide for that perfect gift for someone. I get so excited to see the look on their faces when they open that gift and it’s tailored to them!  

Do you do your Christmas shopping early or leave it to the last minute?
I’m an early shopper! I can’t help it! It gets so crazy at Christmas time. I know I have to have my shopping done by the middle of December or it doesn’t have a hope!

In which city do you watch your local Santa Claus parade?
We watch in Edmonton, Alberta.

Do you still send Christmas cards?
YES! I do believe it’s a dying tradition, but I love it. Nothing beats writing a short special message to those that you love. Plus, I’m a mail geek.

Which do you prefer: real or fake Christmas trees?
I’ve always had a fake Christmas tree but this is the very first year my husband Bobby has convinced me to get a real one. He says we will never go back….we will see.

Do you consider yourself good at wrapping presents?
Yes! I’m a nerd that gets all into it with a matching ribbon and bow too. I usually set aside one night to wrap all the gifts and it is hours of mayhem and mess and sparkles. Ha!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
I like “Cute” ugly Christmas sweaters. If they light up it’s even better!

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
I would love a weekend away in the mountains with my family. We are lucky in Edmonton that we are only four hours away. My husband works out of town so when he is home, we often are visiting family and friends. But, a weekend to the mountains just us three would be lovely.

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CISN COUNTRY 103.9 has an incredible Christmas Initiative called “Christmas Wish“. Listeners submit their wishes to CISN and quite often they grant them! It can be as simple as a Spa Day to thank mom for all that she does, or as specific as a new roof for someone that cannot afford one. Just last week, they granted a wish for a man to see his brother who he had not seen in 20 years (his brother was very sick). You can enter your wish at www.cisnfm.com

 

 

 

 

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The Best 90s TV Christmas Specials

The 1990s were a golden age for television sitcoms. There were so many wonderful half hour TV shows that would become lifelong favourites. Once a show had been on air for a few seasons they were bound to have at least one Christmas special. We have dipped into our memory bank to look back on some of the best 90s TV Christmas Specials!

Roseanne: White Trash Christmas

Roseanne was such an amazing show with a fantastic cast. They had a number of Christmas specials over the years but our favourite is “White Trash Christmas”. The episode follows the Conner family after they receive a notice from the neighbourhood association asking them not to put up tacky decorations this year. Roseanne and Dan take this as a challenge and make their yard as tacky as possible!

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Jelly and Jam Recipes

Since 2007 Retro Festive has been Canada’s original supplier of all things Griswold. We started with moose mugs and Griswold Family Christmas gear, and are now proud to introduce the Jelly of the Month Club gift set, inspired by the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

I was expecting a check. Instead I got enrolled in a jelly club!” – Clark Griswold

Family gift guide

The Jelly of the Month Club gift set is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year with 12 jars of jellies and jams made by Greaves Jams and Marmalades in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The gift set is exclusively available in Canada and includes a monthly checklist with space for tasting notes, and a festive Jelly of the Month Club certificate.

But what do you do with your jam besides toast, crumpets and PB&J sandwiches? Here are some jelly and jam recipes to try out the whole year!

Jam Muffins
Muffins are a great snack on the go, a wonderful addition to a potluck brunch, and a nice pick-me-up with your coffee. This versatile recipe for Jam Muffins will be a lovely way to highlight all of the jam and jelly flavours.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
Instead of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, try Michael Smith’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies! You can use any kind of jelly you’d like and personalize each one.

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumsticks
If you like strong yet balanced flavours, try these delicious Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumstick recipe that uses a little strawberry jam to balance the heat of the hot sauce.

Vinarterta
The Traditional Icelandic cake Vinarterta can also be made with any kind of jam, but purists will tell you it must be prune jam. This layered treat is a great addition to any party spread.

We also like using different jellies and jam in plain yogurt with our breakfast all year long!

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