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A Christmas Story Live Cast Favourites

When FOX announced it was going to produce A Christmas Story Live, we were very excited. We were even more excited when they announced it will be inspired by the original 1983 movie and A Christmas Story: The Musical, which opened on Broadway in 2012. And we couldn’t believe when they revealed the cast would include Matthew Broderick, Ana Gasteyer, and Ken Jeong!

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A Christmas Story, which was filmed in various Ontario locations, is widely considered one of the best Christmas films of all time! Ty the Christmas guy even wrote a book about it! A Christmas Story Treasury tells the story behind the film’s unlikely success and reveals it’s humble Canadian beginnings.

As the Canadian authority of all things A Christmas Story, we have been counting the days until A Christmas Story Live! finally airs on FOX and on City in Canada.

We thought this would be the perfect time to look back on our favourite roles from the stars from A Christmas Story Live!

Maya Rudolph (playing Mother Parker)
Her time at Saturday Night Live produced some of the best sketch comedy ever, but our absolute favourite is, of course, Bridesmaids! That scene in the dress shop is unforgettable!

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Christmas Board Games – Quality Family Time

In December of 2013, parts of Canada and the United States experienced a brutal ice storm that caused a massive power outage. My house was without power from Saturday evening to Tuesday morning, which is lucky because some Torontonians were without power for up to two weeks.

Christmas board gameWe tried to make the most of our time without heat, hydro and Netflix by playing Christmas board games by candlelight. My husband and I play A Christmas Story Yahtzee every Sunday, while listening to CBC Music’s Country Classics stream, so it was an easy transition. We invited friends over to play games too, not just for the company, but for the extra body heat.

Christmas board gameOnce the lights come back on, Christmastime is still a great opportunity to play board games. Luckily, companies like Hasbro have combined the love of Christmas, with the love of board games with themes for classic games such as Nightmare Before Christmas Trivial Pursuit, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Operation, and A Christmas Story Monopoly.

If your family is a bit more competitive, you might want to play card games like euchre, poker, or rummy. You can still add of a dash of Christmas with playing cards featuring Peanuts, Christmas Vacation, Elf and Coca-Cola Santa.

Christmas board gameSometimes there are family members who are too young to play a full Christmas board game, but they can help trim the tree with Hasbro ornaments with Candy Land, Twister, Operation, and Monopoly.

 

So let the Christmas board games begin! May the best family man win!

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I Heart XMAS with Liam Nixon

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!

Liam Nixon
@GlobalLiamNixon
Global Lethbridge Anchor/Producer/Newsroom Manager

Liam Nixon

 

What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special? 

It definitely has to be ‘A Christmas Story’.  Haven’t we all experienced a ‘Ralphie moment’ where we’re all bundled up to head outside in the cold… only to realize we really have to pee?  Or maybe I’m alone in that…

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
My mom used to make Tourtière, a delicious French-Canadian meat pie.  We also used to open our presents one at a time with up to 15 people in the house. Needless to say the first time it took over ten hours to get them all opened, that tradition was quickly and emphatically voted down.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
I feel as though I SHOULD say ‘give’, but really, who doesn’t like ripping into a gift?!  However, seeing the look on someone else’s face when they open that perfect gift from you is pretty special. Can we call it a tie?

Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you?
Definitely Linus, minus the need for a security blanket.

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
I’m all about the ugly. The inclusion of blinking Christmas lights on the sweater earns bonus points.

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
With 15-month old twins, an extra set of hands and three-day weekends would be pretty great. But, since neither of those is overly realistic, just the continued health and happiness of my family and friends.

 

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I Heart XMAS with Gord Gillies

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!

Gord GilliesGord Gillies,
Global Calgary Anchor
@Gord_Gillies

What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special? 

My all time favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story”.

 

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
On Christmas Eve we always have Macaroni and cheese. I don’t know why.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?  

OMG of course it’s giving! Is there anything more exciting than watching a child open a gift?

Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you?
Snoopy. It doesn’t take much for me to break out into a ‘happy dance’.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
I prefer a lampshade.

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
Hello? Go back to question #1.  I’m still dreaming of a Red Ryder BB rifle.

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On Thursday, December 3, 2015 Gord will be the MC for the Candy Cane Gala, a magical fundraiser for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

On Saturday, December 5, 2015 Gord and his son Liam will be volunteering at Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo!

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Christmas Villains Who Give Us the Creeps

Christmas movies always begin nicely. The tree is trimmed, the gifts are wrapped, the turkey is in the oven, the quirky family has arrived, and the magic of the holidays is in the air – but there is one Christmas villain who must turn this wonderful season into a problem!

This December there will be a new film released that focuses on the ultimate Christmas villain – Krampus.

Krampus, starring Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation, Allison Tolman from Fargo, and Toni Collett from United States of Tara, is a live action horror/dark comedy about a modern dysfunctional family at Christmas, and a visit from the horned, ancient monster of European folklore, who punishes naughty children.

In honour of Krampus‘ arrival, we have compiled a list of Christmas villains who give us the creeps!

Scut Farkus – A Christmas Story
Scut Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes! So, help me, God! Yellow eyes!”

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Scut Farkus, played by Canadian Zack Ward, was the local bully for Ralphie Parker and the gang in A Christmas Story, but in real life he raises money for anti-bullying programs.

 

The Grinch – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Your soul is an appalling dump-heap, overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots!”

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They wrote a whole song describing how bad this guy was. But the power of a Christmas song also made his heart grow three sizes!

 

Scrooge – A Christmas Carol
Christmas is a very busy time for us, Mr. Cratchit. People preparing feasts, giving parties, spending the mortgage money on frivolities. One might say that December is the foreclosure season. Harvest time for the money-lenders.”

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Since his creation in 1843 by Charles Dickens, the cruel stinginess of Ebenezer Scrooge has been portrayed by Michael Caine, Tim Curry, Alastair Sim, Patrick Stewart, and Scrooge McDuck in countless plays, TV shows and movies. Why has this story been told so many times, in so many ways? Perhaps we all hope to redeem ourselves for past mistakes, just as Scrooge does after seeing the error of his ways.

 

Heat Miser and Snow Miser – Year Without a Santa Claus
“Friends call me Snow Miser, whatever I touch turns to snow in my clutch. I’m too much.”
“They call me Heat Miser. Whatever I touch starts to melt in my clutch. I’m too much.”

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The Miser Brothers are not the worst of the Christmas villains, but their refusal to get along and work together really slows Mrs Claus down on her mission to save Christmas.

 

Harry F. Potter – It’s a Wonderful Life
George, I am an old man, and most people hate me. But I don’t like them either so that makes it all even.”

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Mr Potter might be the most frustrating Christmas villain. He is pure evil and treats people terribly, but he never gets what is coming to him. He makes no attempt to become a better person, and George Bailey receives no chance at revenge!

Thankfully the cast of Saturday Night Live found the alternative ending of It’s a Wonderful Life, which seals Potter’s fate!

 

Professor Hinkle – Frosty the Snowman
We evil magicians have to make a living, too!

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Professor Hinkle was just about the worst magician in the world, and he was pretty bad at being a villain too. He did try to ruin some pretty fantastic Christmas magic by stealing his hat from Frosty the Snowman and the children, but he was easily thwarted with the help of the Hocus the rabbit. I wonder how long it took him to write “I am very sorry for what I did to Frosty” a hundred zillion times.

 

Wet Bandits – Home Alone
I think we’re getting scammed by a kindergartener.

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Marv and Harry were small time thieves who thought they would get a big payoff scamming houses during the holidays. Eight year-old Kevin McCallister prevented that with a painful obstacle course. Just when you thought The Wet Bandits couldn’t get any worse, they try to rob a toy store of their charitable work during Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Thankfully Kevin is there to once again show them what’s what at Christmas!

If you have a Christmas villain in your life, you know what to get them:
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