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Christmas Movies

Star Wars Christmas

Since 1977, every Star Wars film has been a summer blockbuster release. On December 18, 2015 Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens will mark the first time in the franchise’s history where a film will see a Christmas release. Some fans have protested the decision to move the release of the film from the traditional May date, but many more have welcomed the change, feeling that Star Wars has always had a place at Christmastime.

Merry Force Be With You!

Beginning in 1978 with the Star Wars Holiday Special, Lucasfilm has embraced the holiday shopping season and released toys and special Christmas merchandise for fans of all ages.

Santa Darth Vader and Jawa Bobble Heads

A few years later, in 1981, George Lucas commissioned a painting by Star Wars artist, Ralph McQuarrie, for a personalized Christmas card that was to be sent out to the entire cast and crew on Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back. McQuarrie’s depiction of Yoda in a Santa outfit would become one of the most iconic Star Wars Christmas images ever produced.

Original painting created by Ralph McQuarrie for Lucasfilm Ltd. in 1981

This image is still used today for Christmas ornaments . . . and even a stocking or two.

Yoda Tapestry Stocking!

So, anyone who considers him or herself one with The Force will know that Christmas and Star Wars go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly . . . or Stormtroopers and candy canes!

Stormtrooper Nutcracker!


Garfield – the Original Grumpy Cat

Internet meme superstar Grumpy Cat will star in her own Lifetime Movie this Christmas called Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which was filmed in Vancouver. However, in our opinion, the original grumpy cat will always be the beloved orange tabby, Garfield.

A lazy, grumpy, and hungry cat, Garfield enjoys making snide comments to his owner Jon Arbuckle and tormenting Odie the dog, while coaxing both of them to bring him vast amounts of lasagna.

Originating in a 1978 comic strip, Garfield spawned numerous TV shows and specials over the next few decades including A Garfield Christmas.

Garfield thought he was going to have the worst Christmas ever when Jon told him they would be spending Christmas in the country at the family farm. What Garfield didn’t know is that he would form a strong bond with Grandma Arbuckle, who loves to play a rockin’ piano and sneak food to the family pets!

Garfield and Grandma at Christmas

All right, you guys, just permit me one sentimental moment here, will you? I have something to say. Christmas: it’s not the giving, it’s not the getting, it’s the loving. There, I said it. Now get outta here.” – Garfield

Garfield learns the true meaning of Christmas in his TV special, but will Grumpy Cat do the same in her new Christmas movie? Find out when Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever airs on Lifetime Network this season!

No matter which cat is the grumpiest, fans of famous felines can find Grumpy Cat and Garfield goods at RetroFestive.ca!


Top 5 Home Alone Traps

It’s that time of year again when we deck the halls with extremely dangerous traps to deter buglers and bandits!

If Home Alone has taught us anything, it’s that as soon as families leave for Christmas vacation, criminals move in to ransack vacant homes. Your only defense is to leave one precocious child at home to set up elaborate traps to ward off criminals.

Home Alone Battle Plan

We at Retro Festive have compiled the top five most effective Home Alone and Lost in New York Traps.

  1. Simply attach a rope system from the door to the Blowtorch and any burglar will think twice before entering your home again. So simple, so effective.

Home Alone Blow Torch

  1. Got a spare car battery lying around? Attach the battery to anything the would-be robbers would touch and watch the fireworks.

Home Alone Marv skeleton

  1. Pour slippery green Goo near rickety paint shelves – Speaks for itself!

Slippery Goo

paint cans

  1. Bricks are a great way to ward off potential criminals and gravity does most of the work for you!

Home Alone Bricks

  1. When paint cans just aren’t enough, throwing an industrial pipe over the staircase railing will always do the trick.

Home Alone Pipe

There you have it! You too can build your very own elaborate house of traps for when you’re Home Alone. To make things even more authentic you can don your very own Kevin McAllister Knit Reindeer Hat – exclusive to Retro Festive!



Retro Festive’s Top 10 Favourite Lines from Elf

Elf is a modern Christmas Classic that has something for everyone. Will Ferrell gives an incredibly funny and heartfelt performance as Buddy, a human raised by Santa’s elves on a quest to reconnect with his Father in New York City. We want to help everyone connect with their Elf-like Christmas spirit by revealing our top ten favourite lines from Elf!

10. It looks like a Christmas tree!

9. You did it! Congratulations! World’s best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It’s great to be here.

8. Buddy the Elf. What’s your favourite colour?

7. I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR.

 6. We Elves try to stick to the four main food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and Syrup.

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5. I just like to smile! Smiling’s my favorite.

4. I’m a cotton-headed, ninny muggings…

Did you know the elf in red is Ralphie from A Christmas Story?

3. You sit on a throne of lies!

2. Watch out! The yellow ones don’t stop.


Do you get this excited about Santa? Then this T-Shirt is for you!

And remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Another great way to spread Christmas cheer is to browse Retro Festive’s Elf Section!