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The 50th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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.

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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 throughout Youre 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!

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Whoville Feast
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 Festive  offers lots of Grinchy products such as ornaments, mugs, stockings, and plush toys for every Who in Whoville.


Jelly and Jam Recipes

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

Family gift guide

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!

Jam Muffins
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.

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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!


Social Media Gift Guide

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:

Punctuation Ornaments

punctuation ornaments

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!

Santa Unfriended Me Coffee Mug


If your friend has made their way onto the naughty list, maybe it’s best to tell them with a mug full of egg nog . . . this mug full of egg nog.

Speaking of social media, follow us @RetroFestive on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!


Top 5 Don Cherry Jackets

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!”

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2. Mr Don Cherry giving a new name to candy stripers!

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3. Twinsies! We think our National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation suit jacket would look pretty good on Coach’s Corner!

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4. “O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! My jacket is so velvety!”

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5. This jacket was worn in honour of Wear Plaid for Dad, in support of Prostate Cancer Canada, but it has a wonderful Christmassy feel to spread the word throughout the year!

Don Cherry jacket Christmas


If you are feeling particularly bold this season, pick out your own statement piece here! Mr Cherry – we salute you!



2016 Santa Claus Parades in Canada

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!

Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 5pm

Oakville Santa Claus Parade – Oakville, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 9am

Oakville Santa Claus Parade Grinch
Oakville Santa Claus Parade 2014


Santa Claus Parade Day – Banff, Alberta
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10am

The 47th Annual Help Santa Toy Parade – Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

The Défilé du Père Noël – Montreal, Quebec
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – Niagara Falls, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

9th Annual Ingersoll Rotary Christmas Parade – Ingersoll, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade – Tillsonburg, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2pm

Welland Santa Claus Parade – Welland, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – Hamilton, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4:30pm

The Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade – Brampton, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 5pm

Santa’s Parade of Lights – Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 5pm

Brandon Santa Parade – Brandon, Manitoba
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The 64th Annual Santa John Santa Claus Parade – Saint John, New Brunswick
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – Woodstock, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The 112th Annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade – Toronto, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 12:30pm

Toronto Santa Claus Parade
Toronto Santa Claus Parade in the early 1900s

The 26th Annual Saskatoon Santa Claus Parade – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

The 31st Annual Santa’s Parade – Regina, Saskatchewan
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

The 35th Annual Consecon Santa Claus Parade – Consecon, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

Milton Santa Claus Parade – Milton, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:30pm

Belleville Nighttime Santa Claus Parade – Belleville, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 4:30pm

Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade – Nepean, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5:30pm

Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade – Fredericton, New Brunswick
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5pm

The Original Night-Time Santa Claus Parade – Bloomfield, Ontario
Friday, November 25, 2016 at 6:30pm

The Charlottetown Christmas Parade – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5pm

Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade – Victoria, British Columbia
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:45pm

Santa Claus Parade – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

Santa’s Parade of Lights – Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

The 18th Annual Kennebecasis Valley Santa Claus Parade -Quispamsis, New Brunswick
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

The Downtown Christmas Parade – St John’s, Newfoundland
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 12pm

Picton’s Santa Claus Parade – Picton, Ontario
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 1pm

The 30th Annual Santa Claus Parade – High River, Alberta
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:30pm

Winterval Santa Claus Parade – Whitehorse, Yukon
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 12:30pm

Whitehorse Santa Claus Parade
Santa at the Whitehorse Winterval

Santa Claus Parade – Airdrie, Alberta
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5pm

Kinsmen 5th Annual Santa Claus Parade – Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5pm

Santa Claus Parade and Lights of Christmas – Fort McMurray, Alberta
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:30pm

Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade – Port Colborne, Ontario
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 6:30pm

The 13th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade – Vancouver, British Columbia
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 12pm

The 51st annual Santa Claus Parade – Burlington, Ontario
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2pm

He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice / Santa Claus is coming to town!