December 18, 2016 will mark the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! television special that first aired on CBS and instantly became a Christmas classic.
The narrator with the signature baritone voice, Boris Karloff, was an honourary Canadian. In the early 1900s Karloff was acting in Saskatchewan and British Columbia before heading to Hollywood, where he found fame as Frankenstein’s Monster and the voice of the Grinch.
To celebrate The 50th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, here are our Top Five Grinchy moments:
Max The Dog
Dog’s are a man’s best friend but Max proves they can be a Grinch’s best friend too! He is loyal to the end, and always good for a laugh!
The Grinch Song
We love the montage of the Grinch taking all of the pop guns, pampoonas, pantookas and drums in Whoville throughoutYou‘re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. How many times can one Grinch get stuck in a chimney?
Whoville Musical Instruments
Even though they make a lot of noise, noise, noise, noise, you’ve got to admit that their Floo-Floobers, Tah-Tinkers, Who-Hoobers, Gah-Ginkers, Trum-Tookers, Sloo-Slonkers, Blum-Blookers, and Who-Wonkers look pretty darn cool!
After the Grinch rode into Whoville to give bring back the toys to the Who girls and boys, they all sat down to a feast. And he himself, The Grinch, carved the roast beast. We always thought the Whoville Christmas feast looked very neat with their windy table, tall candelabras and corn on the cob.
The Great Grinchy Smile! Words cannot explain, so here is a GIF! Look if you dare!
Retro Festiveoffers lots of Grinchy products such as ornaments, mugs, stockings, and plush toys for every Who in Whoville.
Since 2007 Retro Festive has been Canada’s original supplier of all things Griswold. We started with moose mugs and Griswold Family Christmas gear, and are now proud to introduce the Jelly of the Month Club gift set, inspired by the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
“I was expecting a check. Instead I got enrolled in a jelly club!” – Clark Griswold
The Jelly of the Month Club gift set is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year with 12 jars of jellies and jams made by Greaves Jams and Marmalades in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The gift set is exclusively available in Canada and includes a monthly checklist with space for tasting notes, and a festive Jelly of the Month Club certificate.
But what do you do with your jam besides toast, crumpets and PB&J sandwiches? Here are some jelly and jam recipes to try out the whole year!
Muffins are a great snack on the go, a wonderful addition to a potluck brunch, and a nice pick-me-up with your coffee. This versatile recipe for Jam Muffins will be a lovely way to highlight all of the jam and jelly flavours.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
Instead of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, try Michael Smith’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies! You can use any kind of jelly you’d like and personalize each one.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumsticks If you like strong yet balanced flavours, try these delicious Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumstick recipe that uses a little strawberry jam to balance the heat of the hot sauce.
The Traditional Icelandic cake Vinarterta can also be made with any kind of jam, but purists will tell you it must be prune jam. This layered treat is a great addition to any party spread.
We also like using different jellies and jam in plain yogurt with our breakfast all year long!
Although we are all mourning Vine, and remember the five seconds that Ello was cool, there are some people on our Christmas lists who know and love social media more than life itself. They Tweet, they Snap, they Pin – they do it all!
But what do you get for your friend, who has seen it all (online anyway)? Here are five savvy social media gift ideas:
Sometimes it can be difficult to get your message across in 140 characters and still be grammatically correct. These punctuation ornaments add some much needed structure to tree trimming and are approved by the grammar police!
#SorryNotSorry Santa Maybe your friend had too much eggnog at the office Christmas party, or used a bit too many swear words in their latest Facebook status. Either way, this t-shirt will let everyone know the score!
Hashtag Ornament #omg #noway #Blessed This ornament says it all. But Twitter followers not included.
Adult Mad Libs A good social media manager knows that great ideas come from interactive brainstorming sessions. Give your colleague a copy of Adult Mad Lib to get those creative juices flowing!
Love him or hate him, Don Cherry is a big-talking, cocksure, and entertaining staple in the Canadian sports world. When he is not making the news for his over the top statements, he is turning heads with his signature jackets. When you tell a friend their outfit reminds you of a Don Cherry jacket, you either just paid a compliment – or played a joke!
2016 is the first year we have offered suits and sport jackets as part of our kitschy Christmas clothing collection. They are very loud, very busy, very Don Cherry!
Here are some of our favourite Don Cherry jackets from over the years, for some inspiration:
1. When everybody asks who has the most spectacular lights in greater Whoville . . . they’re gonna cry out, “Mr Don Cherry!”
2. Mr Don Cherry giving a new name to candy stripers!
Each year there is a debate about how soon is too soon to celebrate Christmas, but it is hard to argue once the Santa Claus parade begins!
Wikipedia says “The Christmas parade is a direct descendant of late Medieval and Renaissance revivals of Roman Triumphs“, but over the past few centuries the Santa Claus parade has become a wonderful annual tradition for young and old. We line the streets in small towns and big cities to collect candy, wave at festive characters on themed floats, and catch a glimpse of the big man!
Santa Claus is coming to (your) town! We have compiled a list of 2016 Santa Claus parades across Canada so you can mark your calendars! Don’t see your local parade listed? Give us a shout at @retrofestive and we’ll add it!
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.