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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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Secret Santa Quirky Gift Guide

The Christmas party season is getting closer by the minute, which means Secret Santa at the office. But what should you get that special someone picked from the hat? And by special we mean that weird someone, that odd someone, that tough-to-buy-for someone. Your boss already has two of everything, or you pulled the name of the Sci-Fi geek you barely speak to. What’s a person to do? Don’t worry, Retro Festive has you covered.

Here is our list of 12 awesome, unique and quirky gift ideas that will make their strange hearts grow at least three sizes bigger! – Written by Maddie Bisson

The HR Cat Lady
Kitty Christmas Carol Clock – Musical!

Quirky Gift

 

We all know someone who loves cats. A lot. So much that a musical cat clock would be totally acceptable in her cat filled office.

 

 

 

The Social Media Addict—I mean Specialist
Selfie Elfie
Or…
Hashtag Christmas Tree Ornament

quirky gift

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#OMG #SelfieWithAnElfie #SoCute #TheresAnElfOnMyShoulder #IHeartChristmas Or… Blow up their phone with a ##ornament.

 

 

The IT Jedi
Stormtrooper Nutcracker

 quirky gift

If you didn’t camp outside with them before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you better redeem yourself.

 

 

 

The Die Hard Leafs Fan
NHL Ugly Christmas Sweater

quirky gift

There’s one in every company! Through thick and thin (mostly thick) they stand by their team. It’s a perfect “something blue” to wear on game day (instead of that dirty old jersey!).

 

 

The (why aren’t you retired yet?) Secretary
Ugly Sweater Cookie Cutter Decorating Kit

 quirky gift

Ugly Sweaters have been all the rage for the past few years, and while the gaudy irony might be lost on her, she will enjoy making Ugly Sweater cookies for the office!

 

 

The Coffee Addicted Accountant
Tim Hortons China Mug Ornament

 quirky gift

Your accountant’s favourite formula: Work + Caffeine + Canadiana = TIM HORTONS!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Meme Loving Colleagues
Grumpy Cat 8-Pack Holiday Note Cards

 quirky gift

Now you can finally wish your closest co-workers an awful holiday and a crappy New Year with Grumpy Cat’s signature frown.

 

 

The Hanukkah Harry
Happy Hanukkah- Ugly Holiday Sweater

 quirky gift

Christmas isn’t the only reason to rock an Ugly Sweater! Harry will be as happy as those dancing dreidels when he receives this from his Secret Santa!

 

 

The Overly Enthusiastic Intern
Smiling is My Favorite – Coffee Mug

 quirky gift

While drinking the World’s best/crappiest cup of coffee, your intern won’t be able to stop singing, “I love you, I love you, I LOVE YOUUU!”

 

 

 

The Potty Mouth Boss
Toilet Santa- Ugly Christmas Sweater

 quirky gift

Nothing will bring your boss more joy this holiday season than literally wearing a poop joke.

 

 

 

 

The Hostess with the Mostest CEO
Christmas Vacation Advent House Calendar

quirky gift

This will knock the Santa hats off her Holiday Party guests (and put you on the Nice List) with this show-stopping Griswold Advent House Calendar.

 

 

And…

The Rival
Bag O’ Coal

 quirky gift

Make the most feared present in the world a reality for your nemesis. Revenge is a dish best served COAL.

 

 

 

 

Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store – Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a bit more!” Not in this case, Grinch!

These quirky gifts can be ordered at RetroFestive.ca, or picked up right before the Secret Santa gift exchange at Toronto’s Union Station Holiday.

 

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Christmas + Halloween = Christween!

We sure love Christmas here at RetroFestive, but darnit we love Halloween too!  Halloween is practically pre-Christmas. It’s the holiday that gets you ready for the big one. In fact, Christmas and Halloween have a lot more in common than you might think.

Fun Fact: Enthusiasts who love both Halloween and Christmas have invented a mashup holiday called Christween!

He knows when you are sleeping...
He knows when you are sleeping…

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