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You are never too old for Disney Christmas – Retro Festive Style!

Christmas was one of Walt Disney’s favourite holidays, and every year since Disney World was founded in 1971, the theme park has been transformed into a Christmas paradise. The parks are filled with fake snow, costumes, parades, parties and live holiday music. Disney World becomes every Christmas lover’s dream come true!

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Retro Festive Owners Tyler and Jordie in Disney Land!

Have no fear if you can’t make it out to a Disney theme park this holiday season. With our help, you can easily turn your home into a special “Disney Christmas” wonderland without having to trek all the way down south.

Just follow these three simple steps.

Step 1.

Every Disney Christmas-themed home should feature Disney Christmas figurines, and ornaments. Mickey and Minnie can bring joy to even the biggest of Scrooges during any Christmas celebration.

Step 2.

Watch Disney Christmas movies, of course! Our absolute favourite is Mickey’s Christmas Carol. It was filmed in 1983, and marked the return of Mickey Mouse and friends in their first film after almost 30 years. This fantastic film is an adorable adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol.

Step 3.

You have your Disney figurines, and your Christmas movies, now all you need is a little Disney Christmas music. We definitely recommend John Denver and the Muppets. This is the soundtrack to the classic holiday 1979 TV special, A Christmas Together. Not only is the music fantastic, but it will bring you right back to your childhood, sitting on your parents couch watching the Muppets Family Christmas, Elf or Gremlins each and every holiday.

Well everybody that’s our show. Thank you for spending Christmas Eve at the House of Mouse. Here’s wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and a safe trip ho-home!” Mickey Mouse

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer turns 50!

The Christmas TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired 50 years ago on NBC on December 6, 1964 and is now an annual holiday tradition around the world. A little known fact about this beloved stop motion animation is that it features a Canadian cast!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer voice cast
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer voice cast 

A group of Canadian actors gathered in a downtown Toronto studio to create the voices for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer including Billie Mae Richards as Rudolph, Paul Soles as Hermey the Elf, Larry D Mann as Yukon Cornelius, and Carl Banas as Foreman Elf. Little did they know they would be creating the voices for some of the most popular Christmas characters in television history.

Here are our favourite moments from these four Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer characters:

Foreman Elf
Oh well, if that’s all . . . WHAT?! 

Foreman Elf has a lot of elves to manage, and when Hermey the Elf admits he doesn’t like to make toys he can’t believe his pointed ears!

 

 

Hermey the Elf
Hey, what do you say we both be independent together, huh?

After leaving the North Pole to become a dentist, Hermey finds another misfit in the snow!

 

Yukon Cornelius
Oh, well, now I’m off to get my life-sustaining supplies: cornmeal and gun powder and hamhocks and guitar strings.

Rudolph and Hermey were fortunate to meet Yukon Cornelius, the greatest prospector in the North, who taught them basic survival skills.

 

 

Rudolph
I’m cute! I’m cute! She said I’m cute!

Upon arrival at the reindeer games, Rudolph receives a compliment from Clarice the Doe, and his nerves melt away!

To celebrate 50 years of Rudolph, RetroFestive.ca has gathered the largest selection of Rudolph products this side of Hudson Bay!

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Festivus

If you find tinsel distracting, or if you are looking for a holiday that is a little . . . out there, Festivus might just be for you!

Festivus was created by Dan O’Keefe, a writer on the 90s sitcom Seinfeld, based on an actual holiday tradition celebrated by his family. Festivus – the holiday for the rest of us – was brought to life by the cantankerous character Frank Costanza in the Seinfeld holiday episode The Strike, which first aired December 18, 1997.

Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way. – Frank Costanza 

Festivus travel mug
Frank Costanza-approved ceramic travel mug

For the Festivus newcomers out there, here are the basic practices:

Festivus begins by displaying an aluminum pole, “very high strength-to-weight ratio,” says Frank. As this is a non-religious and non-commercial holiday alternative the Festivus Pole need not be adorned with decoration.

Festivus Pole
Frank Costanza and his Festivus Pole

Your family and friends should then sit down for Festivus dinner, a meal featuring non-holiday comfort food. The moment dinner is served, the “Airing of Grievances” should begin. This is your opportunity to admit your rage, disappointment and frustration with your kin with no repercussions.

Airing of Grievances
Frank starts the Airing of Grievances ceremony

Immediately following dinner, the head of the family chooses one participant on which to test his or her strength. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned to the ground. The selected participant is allowed to decline the attempt to pin the head of the family – but only if they have something better to do instead . . . like visit RetroFestive.ca for Festivus finds!

Kramer declares a Festivus Miracle

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Grumpy Cat Films Christmas Movie in Canada

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, aka Tardar Sauce will star in her own Lifetime Movie this Christmas, entitled Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. The film shot in Vancouver Aug. 16 through Sept. 9 and will receive its World Premiere on Lifetime Network, November 29 at 8/7c.

Worst Christmas Ever Grumpy Cat Canada
I don’t always make Christmas movies, but when I do, I film them in Canada.

Andrea Ford is a Grumpy Cat superfan from Vancouver who was excited about the feline filming in her city.

“She is a beautiful cat. She’s also imperfect. I think that’s what’s really nice about her. Everybody has stresses and negativity, and when you see this cat, you can’t help but be happy. Everybody needs to lighten up a little bit. And when you poke fun at the negativity, you’re just going to smile.”

The frowning feline has been immortalized in hundreds of consumer products, from Grumpy Cat puzzles to Grumpy Cat Christmas ornaments.

Grumpy Cat Christmas Mug
Oh Ho the MistleNO! Grumpy Cat Mug, available at RetroFestive.ca

In the movie, the curmudgeonly cat (voiced by Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza) plays a lonely pet shop captive who is never adopted because of her sourpuss face. One day, 12-year-old Chyrstal discovers she can communicate with Grumpy Cat and falls in love with the disgruntled feline. Together, they may or may not discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Pet Shop Reject
Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) plays a pet shop inmate nobody wants due to her forlorn face.

The film has been described as a little bit Home Alone and a little bit Die Hard, and also features cameos from other famous Internet memes.

Grumpy Cat is a busy cat. In the past year she has released her first album, visited Disneyland to meet Grumpy the Dwarf, and signed with Friskies to be their ‘spokescat’.

Grumpy Cat meets Grumpy dwarf
Grumpy Cat meets Grumpy dwarf

She also wrote a book, The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat, which she promoted on a book tour this past summer, making a stop in Toronto.

Grumpy Cat Toronto
The Toronto Star caught Grumpy Cat posing with fans at Indigo Eaton Centre in Toronto.

Grumpy rose to Internet stardom in September 2012 when her photo was posted on social media website Reddit. According to her owner, her grumpy-looking face is likely due to the cat being born with feline dwarfism. Her signature phrase? “I had fun once…it was awful”.

Grumpy Cats Worst Christmas Ever
Grumpy Cat, the action star?!

“In the middle of the holiday rush, Grumpy reluctantly thwarts the kidnapping of an expensive exotic dog she can’t stand and rescues Chyrstal after the mall closes on Christmas Eve. Will Grumpy Cat learn the true meaning of Christmas, or will it be in Grumpy’s words, ‘Worst. Christmas. Ever?’”

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