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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!

A Christmas Story Live

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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I Heart XMas with Jack Sweeney

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!

Today we’re talking to Jack Sweeney from CISN in the Mornings with Chris, Jack, and Matt on  CISN Country 103.9 in Edmonton, Alberta. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

CISN in the Mornings
CISN in the Mornings with Chris, Jack, and Matt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite Christmas movie or TV special?
The Nightmare Before Christmas! Some say it’s a Halloween movie, but in the Sweeney house, it only comes out at Christmas Time!

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
We are just starting our traditions (my husband and I have a one year old), but I remember growing up Santa would always write me a letter and leave it on our fireplace so I could read it Christmas morning. It always amazed me that he knew such specific details about my life from the past year. He really is always watching!

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
I love to give. Especially when you have looked far and wide for that perfect gift for someone. I get so excited to see the look on their faces when they open that gift and it’s tailored to them!  

Do you do your Christmas shopping early or leave it to the last minute?
I’m an early shopper! I can’t help it! It gets so crazy at Christmas time. I know I have to have my shopping done by the middle of December or it doesn’t have a hope!

In which city do you watch your local Santa Claus parade?
We watch in Edmonton, Alberta.

Do you still send Christmas cards?
YES! I do believe it’s a dying tradition, but I love it. Nothing beats writing a short special message to those that you love. Plus, I’m a mail geek.

Which do you prefer: real or fake Christmas trees?
I’ve always had a fake Christmas tree but this is the very first year my husband Bobby has convinced me to get a real one. He says we will never go back….we will see.

Do you consider yourself good at wrapping presents?
Yes! I’m a nerd that gets all into it with a matching ribbon and bow too. I usually set aside one night to wrap all the gifts and it is hours of mayhem and mess and sparkles. Ha!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
I like “Cute” ugly Christmas sweaters. If they light up it’s even better!

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
I would love a weekend away in the mountains with my family. We are lucky in Edmonton that we are only four hours away. My husband works out of town so when he is home, we often are visiting family and friends. But, a weekend to the mountains just us three would be lovely.

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CISN COUNTRY 103.9 has an incredible Christmas Initiative called “Christmas Wish“. Listeners submit their wishes to CISN and quite often they grant them! It can be as simple as a Spa Day to thank mom for all that she does, or as specific as a new roof for someone that cannot afford one. Just last week, they granted a wish for a man to see his brother who he had not seen in 20 years (his brother was very sick). You can enter your wish at www.cisnfm.com

 

 

 

 

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The Best Santas in Pop Culture History

Santa Claus has been featured in countless Christmas specials over the years, but they are not created equal. Sometimes Santa is sugary sweet, and sometimes he is just plain strange! It’s time to celebrate the best of the best Santas in pop culture history!

Ed Asner in Elf
Ed Asner Santa Elf

When Buddy the Elf decides to got to New York City to meet his real dad, Santa is one of the first to give him advice:
Well, there are some things you should know. First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn’t free candy.”

Ed Asner plays a tough as nails Santa with a heart of gold. He is stern yet supportive, and he genuinely cares about his North Pole colleagues and friends.

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The Flintstones Christmas Specials

It is very hard to choose a favourite Christmas movie or television special – there are so many to cherish! It is even harder to choose a favourite of the three Flintstones Christmas specials: Christmas Flintstone, A Flintstone Family Christmas, and A Flintstones Christmas Carol.

Flintstone Christmas

 

In Christmas Flintstone aka How The Flintstones Saved Christmas, Fred takes a job as a mall Santa to help pay for holiday festivities. He ends up being one of the best mall Santa’s the store has ever had, and is recruited by elves Twinky and Blinky to deliver presents around the world after the real Santa becomes ill.

Throughout the special Fred sings the song Christmas is My fav’rite Time of Year:
Christmas is a lot of fun this year because
I’m sittin’ in for dear old Santa Claus
Here I go with his big red sleigh
Sailing merrily on my way
Being Santa is such fun
Bringing cheer and joy to everyone

One of our favourite moments from A Flintstone Family Christmas is between Fred and Barney Rubble:
Fred: You know those guys in the red suits aren’t the real Santa Claus.
Barney: I wouldn’t say that Fred, he’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere.



There have been hundreds of versions and parodies of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, but A Flintstones Christmas Carol is pretty darn good. Fred Flintstone plays Ebonezer Scrooge and Barney Rubble plays Bob Cragit.

We love Fred in this role because it reminds us that even those with the biggest hearts can get grumpy at Christmas, it is a wonderful season to reconcile with friends and family.

Flintstone Christmas

 

Do you have someone on your list who loves The Flintstones? Well, here are some gift ideas for yabba dabba you!

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Rankin Bass Holiday Specials

By Desiree D’Lima

For me Christmas always begins when Rankin Bass holiday specials begin airing on television. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,  Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Little Drummer Boy and of course The Year Without a Santa Claus (Snow Miser and Heat Miser!), they are Christmas. I love the magic of the cartoons and stop motion animation. I used to think it could only be used at Christmas time, that was it’s magic.

I’m of the age where you anxiously waited for holiday specials to come on TV. Or when there were VCR’s it felt weird to record Christmas specials but if you did you taped over them with Days of Our Lives after the holidays.

It doesn’t feel like Christmas if I don’t see at least one of these beauties.

I love introducing my friend’s kids, my munchkins, to these shows now. I love seeing the sparkle in their eyes as Rudolph’s nose glows so bright, or Frosty runs here and there and everywhere, or Kris Kringle becoming Santa.

The smile on my face was from ear to ear when I first saw Rankin Bass ornaments and costumes and hat and lights at Retro Festive. I know that bringing in these iconic images into your home is just as special as being 8 years old sitting on the floor in front of the TV with a mug of hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows.

Here are some of my favourite picks!

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer airs on CBC on December 13, 2016 at 8pm and December  23, 2016 at 7pm and on YTV on December 20, 2016 at 6pm

 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa Claus is Coming to Town will air on CBC on December 18, 2016 at 8pm and December 22, 2016 at 7pm; and on YTV on December 22, 2016 at 6pm

 

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty The Snowman airs on CBC on December 20, 2016 at 7pm and December 25, 2016 at 1pm

 

The Year Without Santa Claus

The Year Without Santa Claus airs on YTV December 6, 2016 at 6pm

 

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