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Holiday Specials

The Flintstones Christmas Specials

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.

Flintstone Christmas


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.

Flintstone Christmas


Do you have someone on your list who loves The Flintstones? Well, here are some gift ideas for yabba dabba you!


Rankin Bass Holiday Specials

By Desiree D’Lima

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.

Here are some of my favourite picks!

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer airs on CBC on December 13, 2016 at 8pm and December  23, 2016 at 7pm and on YTV on December 20, 2016 at 6pm


Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa Claus is Coming to Town will air on CBC on December 18, 2016 at 8pm and December 22, 2016 at 7pm; and on YTV on December 22, 2016 at 6pm


Frosty the Snowman

Frosty The Snowman airs on CBC on December 20, 2016 at 7pm and December 25, 2016 at 1pm


The Year Without Santa Claus

The Year Without Santa Claus airs on YTV December 6, 2016 at 6pm



Our Canada AM Guarantee: Get it by Christmas, or it’s Free*

Our crazy Christmas store is featured on Canada AM today, Wednesday December 16th.

Canada AM Guarantee
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.
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Peanutize Me This Christmas!

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 Movie this 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!

Clark Griswold – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Peanutize me griswold
The “Peanutize Me” app doesn’t quite capture the crazed look of Clark Griswold, but pretty close!

Mary Bailey – It’s a Wonderful Life

Peanutize Me Mary Bailey
Did you know It’s a Wonderful Life came out when they still made wooden Christmas trees?


Ralphie Parker – A Christmas Story

Peanutize Me Ralphie
Good grief! Ralphie really wants that Red Ryder B.B. gun this Christmas.


The Grinch – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Peanutize Me Grinch
The Grinch is one of the only Grinches who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.


Susan Walker – Miracle on 34th Street

Peanutize Me Mara Wilson
If Lucy van Pelt is the Christmas Queen, then Susan Walker is the Christmas princess!


Kevin McCallister – Home Alone

Peanutize Me Home Alone
Of all the McCallister’s in the world, Kevin is the Charlie Browniest.

Get Peanutized here: www.peanutizeme.com, or create your own Peanutize your favourite Christmas character and share it with us on twitter!




Our 15 Favourite Christmas Movie Morals

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

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, 1964

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

A Christmas Story, 1983

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

The Polar Express, 2004

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

It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946

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

"I made my family disappear" scene from Home Alone
Home Alone, 1990

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

Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993

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

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, 1970

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

Just Friends, 2005
Just Friends, 2005

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

Love, Actually, 2003
Love, Actually, 2003

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

Elf, 2003
Elf, 2003

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

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

Frosty the Snowman, 1969
Frosty the Snowman, 1969

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

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 1989
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989

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

The Santa Clause, 1994
The Santa Clause, 1994

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 we have we

The Grinch, 1966
The Grinch, 1966

Material items will come and go, but the spirit of Christmas lives within the hearts of those who love and celebrate each other.