It is very hard to choose a favourite Christmas movie or television special – there are so many to cherish! It is even harder to choose a favourite of the three Flintstones Christmas specials: Christmas Flintstone, A Flintstone Family Christmas, and A Flintstones Christmas Carol.
In Christmas Flintstone aka How The Flintstones Saved Christmas, Fred takes a job as a mall Santa to help pay for holiday festivities. He ends up being one of the best mall Santa’s the store has ever had, and is recruited by elves Twinky and Blinky to deliver presents around the world after the real Santa becomes ill.
Throughout the special Fred sings the song Christmas is My fav’rite Time of Year: Christmas is a lot of fun this year because I’m sittin’ in for dear old Santa Claus Here I go with his big red sleigh Sailing merrily on my way Being Santa is such fun Bringing cheer and joy to everyone
One of our favourite moments from A Flintstone Family Christmas is between Fred and Barney Rubble: Fred:You know those guys in the red suits aren’t the real Santa Claus. Barney:I wouldn’t say that Fred, he’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere.
There have been hundreds of versions and parodies of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, but A Flintstones Christmas Carol is pretty darn good. Fred Flintstone plays Ebonezer Scrooge and Barney Rubble plays Bob Cragit.
We love Fred in this role because it reminds us that even those with the biggest hearts can get grumpy at Christmas, it is a wonderful season to reconcile with friends and family.
Do you have someone on your list who loves The Flintstones? Well, here are some gift ideas for yabba dabba you!
For me Christmas always begins when Rankin Bass holiday specials begin airing on television. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Little Drummer Boy and of course The Year Without a Santa Claus (Snow Miser and Heat Miser!), they are Christmas. I love the magic of the cartoons and stop motion animation. I used to think it could only be used at Christmas time, that was it’s magic.
I’m of the age where you anxiously waited for holiday specials to come on TV. Or when there were VCR’s it felt weird to record Christmas specials but if you did you taped over them with Days of Our Lives after the holidays.
It doesn’t feel like Christmas if I don’t see at least one of these beauties.
I love introducing my friend’s kids, my munchkins, to these shows now. I love seeing the sparkle in their eyes as Rudolph’s nose glows so bright, or Frosty runs here and there and everywhere, or Kris Kringle becoming Santa.
The smile on my face was from ear to ear when I first saw Rankin Bass ornaments and costumes and hat and lights at Retro Festive. I know that bringing in these iconic images into your home is just as special as being 8 years old sitting on the floor in front of the TV with a mug of hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows.
Our crazy Christmas store is featured on Canada AM today, Wednesday December 16th.
Yes, you can get it by Christmas!
One of the questions we hear most often this time of year is “Will it get here by Christmas?” Our answer is YES, but you have to act fast!
We ship quick and, depending on where you live in Canada, your order should arrive within one day to one week. Customers in the Greater Toronto Area and parts of Southern Ontario often receive their parcels within 1-3 business days. While customers in the rest of Canada can expect to receive their parcels within 4 to 7 business days.
In honour of our appearance on Canada AM, we are offering a Canada AM Guarantee: Get it by Christmas, or it’s Free*
*Here’s the Fine Print of our “Canada AM Guarantee”
If the products you order from RetroFestive don’t arrive in time for Christmas day, we will issue you a refund and you can keep the products.
Guarantee applies to all orders placed by 3pm EST, Wednesday, December 16
Out-of-stock items and shipping omissions/errors are not eligible.
Delivery will be judged based on Canada Post’s tracking information, showing that Canada Post has delivered, or attempted to deliver, your package to your home, community parcel box or local postal outlet
We cannot be responsible for addressing errors and omissions made by customers
Express and Priority shipping options are available for an additional fee
Offer not applicable to Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunvaut & the following REMOTE postal codes:
V0W, V0C, V0T, V0J, V8J, V0V, V8G, V8C, V0T, V1J, V1G
Whether it was the comic strip or TV specials, you’d have to be a blockhead not to love the Peanuts. When we heard the gang would be together again for The Peanuts Moviethis November, we immediately started counting the days!
Thankfully we have the highly addictive Peanutize Me app to help pass the time. By selecting from dozens of hairstyles, outfits, and smile sizes, Peanuts fans can create a free personalized Peanuts avatar – as if Charles Schulz drew it himself!
In honour of The Peanuts Movie, we decided to “Peanutize” some of our favourite Christmas movie characters. We hope you enjoy the results as much as we do!
Christmas Movies allow us to feel nostalgic as we’re reminded of all of the cheer surrounding the festive holiday; but most classics serve another purpose—teaching us valuable life lessons we can keep with us all year long.
1. Movie: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer:
Lesson: Celebrate your differences
We all know the story; Rudolph’s “shortcoming” becomes his strongest asset in the end. He saves Christmas guiding Santa’s sleigh with his glowing red nose. The simple lesson here is that even when you feel like a misfit, your flaws and quirks often become your best qualities.
2. Movie: A Christmas Story
Lesson: Don’t give in to peer pressure
Sometimes we do things we know are stupid, just because someone tells (or triple-dog dares) us to. This can really get us stuck in bad situation. It’s important not to give in to the pressure of impressing others.
3. Movie: Polar Express
Lesson: Everybody has doubts
But just because you grow up, doesn’t mean you have to stop believing, especially about things we can’t see or hold like the future or Santa. Sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith and just believe.
4. Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life
Lesson: Your life has a purpose
We have no idea how significantly our lives impact others. If George never existed, he wouldn’t have been able to save the life of Harry, his brother, when they were young. The moral of the story is: George thought the world was better off without him, but in reality, it wasn’t.
5. Movie: Home Alone
Lesson: Be careful what you wish for
Sometimes, what you think you want and what you actually need are two very different things. You never really know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Sure, Kevin was excited to have the house to himself at first, but by Christmas morning, he was really missing the McCallister clan.
6. Movie: Nightmare Before Christmas
Lesson: Passion is contagious
Being a leader also means being a team player. Though, no one in Halloween Town understood the true meaning of Christmas, they trusted in Jack’s plan because of his amount of passion towards his vision.
7. Movie: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Lesson: The journey is just as important as the destination
Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. Achieving your goals can be amazing, but its the friendships you make, and the lessons you learn along the way, that really make it worth the while.
8. Movie: Just Friends
Lesson: Never forget where you came from
Chris was so caught up in his new life, that he forgot about his friends and family back at home. After being forced into spending Christmas in his hometown, he realizes that being ashamed of where you come from is pointless.
9. Movie: Love, Actually
Lesson: Sometimes the most simple gestures can have the most impact
Grand gestures can be nice, but it’s the little things in life that matter the most. Letting someone know how you feel about them can really make an impact on their happiness.
10. Movie: Elf
Lesson: Never doubt your own abilities
If Buddy gave up, he would have never saved Christmas. When you start to doubt yourself, you make it easy for others to doubt you, too.
11. Movie: Charlie Brown Christmas
Lesson: Love is all you need
Linus summed it up perfectly: “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”
12. Movie: Frosty the Snowman
Lesson: Friendship is the greatest gift
Before Olaf, another friendly snowman taught us that, “Some people are worth melting for.”
13. Movie: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
Lesson: You cant choose your family
Every family has their quirks. Learn to have a good time and roll with whatever happens when relatives come into town!
14. Movie: The Santa Claus
Lesson: Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing
We don’t always need proof to believe in something. Sometimes, all we need is faith, and then we will believe.
and last, but certainly not least…
15. Movie: The Grinch
Lesson: Christmas Day will always be, just so long as we have wehave we
Material items will come and go, but the spirit of Christmas lives within the hearts of those who love and celebrate each other.
Holiday Fair in the Square Vendor
Nathan Phillips Square Kiosk*
100 Queen St W,
Our Toronto City Hall Hours
Dec 8 - Dec 23 Only
Mon - Fri: 11am - 11pm
Sat - Sun: 11am - 11pm
*Note: Only select items available at our Toronto kiosk locations. Distillery District kiosk carries NO Ugly Sweaters, while the City Hall kiosk carries MOSTLY Ugly Sweaters. Full range of products available online and at our Oakville store.