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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!

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

 

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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! 

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Join the Jelly of the Month Club!

Clark Griswold Jelly of the Month Club Gift SetJelly of the Month Club – A Canadian Exclusive to Retro Festive

We all have someone on our Christmas list who’s just soooo hard to buy for each year. Either they already have everything… or they insist they want nothing. There must be an easier way!

We’ve got just the thing. Welcome to the Jelly of the Month Club.

Inspired by National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Retro Festive has compiled the ultimate Christmas gift that keeps on giving the whole year. In the past decade, we’ve sold tens of thousands of Clark Griswold moose mugs, and our loyal fans are always asking: What’s New?  What’s Next?  This is it!

Jelly of the Month Club Gift Set CanadaWe set out to create the perfect Christmas gift that just about anyone will love! True fans of Christmas Vacation will get a chuckle out of the tongue-in-cheek nature our Club, complete with official certificate, check-list and tasting notes. But even those who don’t know the movie word-for-word will appreciate the Canadian-made quality of our jams and jellies in twelve different flavours.

Jelly of the Month Club Certificate included!

We looked high and low to find the best jelly and jam around, and we found it in our own back-yard, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.  Virtually an Ontario institution, Greaves has been making pure old-fashioned jams, jellies, marmalades and condiments since 1927, using only the finest fruits, sugar and spices. They still use their time-tested recipes, and they stir each batch by hand in open stainless-steel kettles. No pectin or preservatives are added.

Proud Product of Canada

Each Jelly of the Month Club gift set is hand-packed by our team here in Oakville, Ontario.  We offer affordable shipping rates via Canada Post, or you can enjoy Free Shipping when your order totals $99 or more. We’ve already had customers buying 3, 4 and even 12 gift sets, saying that they’re the perfect thing for just about everyone they know!

Our Jelly of the Month Club is also the ultimate company Christmas gift! If you are in charge of employee Christmas gifts where you work, or you know someone who is, contact us for discount details on orders of 10 or more Jelly of the Month gift sets.

Here’s what’s included in each Jelly of the Month Club gift set:

  • Jelly of the Month Club certificate you can personalize
  • 12 jars of jelly and jam (a different 64ml. flavour each month)
  • Official monthly check-list
  • Tasting notes
  • Handsome and sturdy gift box

Here’s the list of flavours included in each gift set:

  • January: Grape Jelly
  • February: Blackberry Jam
  • March: Three Fruit Marmalade
  • April: Black Currant Jam
  • May: Rhubarb Raspberry Jam
  • June: Strawberry Jam
  • July: Cherry Jam
  • August: Peach Jam
  • September: Crabapple Jelly
  • October: Raspberry Jam
  • November: Rhubarb Strawberry
  • December: Plum Jam

Check out all our New Items for 2016

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Home Alone – Where Are They Now?

On November 16, 1990 a new Christmas movie, which would go on to spawn four sequels, was released to massive success. Written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, Home Alone told the story of young Kevin McCallister who had to defend his home from blundering thieves after a family feud left him home alone at Christmas.

Kevin McCallister hat - Home Alone
Kevin McCallister grocery shopping in his reindeer hat

After 25 years, Home Alone is still considered one of the best Christmas movies of all time. But what are the stars of Home Alone up to now?

Macaulay Culkin was a very successful child actor with many notable movie credits including the role of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Uncle Buck and My Girl until he retired from acting at age 14. In 2014 he founded The Pizza Underground, a New York-based band who re-work Velvet Underground songs into odes about pizza. The Pizza Underground toured North America that year, with two stops in Toronto at NXNE and Atomic Lollipop at the Ontario Science Centre.

Kevin Mcallister Home Alone with cheese pizza

Catherine O’Hara, who played Culkin’s mother in the Home Alone franchise, is currently starring in CBC’s hit show Schitt’s Creek. O’Hara also voiced Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas, solidifying her spot in the Christmas Movie Hall of Fame, you know, in addition to Canada’s Walk of Fame.

The late, great John Candy had a small but crucial part in Home Alone as Gus Polinski, the Polka King of the Midwest, who gives Catherine O’Hara’s character a ride home. John Candy’s legacy lives on in our hearts and on our screens, but also in the newly opened John Candy Box Theatre at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto.

The Wet Bandits - Home Alone
The Wet Bandits (Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci)

The Wet Bandits, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, were a not-so-dynamic duo who were outsmarted and overwhelmed by Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Joe Pesci has not been acting in recent years – when you take a paint can to the face you deserve a break! – but he recently voiced Mosquito in the animated feature Savva, Heart of the Warrior. Daniel Stern, who played Marv, has had numerous roles on television in recent years, and in 2012 played The Old Man in A Christmas Story 2, which was filmed in Vancouver.

Thankfully, we can relive the hilarity of Home Alone on Netflix, Shomi, or the original VHS that’s still kicking around!

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Frosty the Snowman – Then and Now

For anyone who loves Christmas and has a television – Christmas movies and TV specials are a must! It was a tradition with my family to decorate the tree and watch a whole slew of holiday specials. My favourites were Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone; as I got a bit older, The Santa Clause and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; and in recent years, I added Elf to that list. However, Frosty the Snowman was not a part of the catalog.

Don’t get me wrong; I’d still watch it. Frosty was often in the middle of a Christmas Special marathon, sandwiched between Rudolph and the Grinch. But as I got older, I’d start leaving the living room for a half hour to help in the kitchen, or quite literally, just sit in my room doing nothing until it was over.

Sounds terrible, right? It was! I was a kid – I didn’t know any better!

It was only in the past few years that I decided to revisit this Christmas classic . . . and what was little me thinking?! It’s great! That’s why I decided to pull together my new favourite quotes from Frosty the Snowman!

Here are my Top Five quotes (that I should have appreciated more 20 years ago) from Frosty the Snowman:

#5

Professor Hinkle: I must get that hat back! Think nasty, think nasty, think nasty!

“Think nasty!” What a great motto for a bad guy!

#4:

Frosty: Are you coming to the North Pole, too?
Karen: I’m sure my mother won’t mind, as long as I’m home in time for supper.

My mom has the same rule for me.

#3:

Frosty: I mean – I can make words. I can move… I can juggle… I can sweep… and I can count to ten. One, two, three, four, five, nine, six, eight… Well, I can count to five.

That’s just cute. Counting is hard! Especially when you have a different number of fingers on each hand.

#2:

Professor Hinkle: We evil magicians have to make a living, too.

Just straight up facts.

#1:

Frosty: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

So there you have it! My Top Five (new) favourite quotes from Frosty the Snowman. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to head over to Retro Festive and show my love for all things Frosty!

 

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