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I Heart XMAS! with Jill Chappell

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!

Jill Chappell, Morning News Weather & Traffic Anchor, Global Halifax

Jill Chappell Global News
Jill Chappell of Global News

1. What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special?

This is tough. I can’t choose just one. I have a real soft spot for the classic TV special “Muppet Family Christmas” where Fozzie invites all of the Muppets to his mother’s farm. As a child, it was a dream come true to have the Muppets, Fraggles and Sesame Street characters all in one program. I guess I have a thing with farms because “Garfield’s Christmas” is a close second. Who doesn’t tear up when Grandma receives the old love letters from her late husband? But then again, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the McAllisters!

  1. Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?

A truly “Matthews” family tradition is Christmas Sandwiches on Christmas Eve. Imagine an array of the most delicious meat, cheese, gourmet buns and assorted toppings. Assemble to your own liking and just try to eat only one!

  1. Which do you prefer: to give or receive?

It’s not the giving or the receiving that makes Christmas special. It’s being with family.

  1. Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?

Get out the Bedazzler and bring on glitz and glam! I’m all over the Ugly Christmas Sweater. Worn ironically, of course.

  1. What do you want Santa to bring you this year?

Hopefully a Caribbean vacation to help me survive another Maritime winter but I’ll settle for new pair of oven mitts.


Garfield – the Original Grumpy Cat

Internet meme superstar Grumpy Cat will star in her own Lifetime Movie this Christmas called Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which was filmed in Vancouver. However, in our opinion, the original grumpy cat will always be the beloved orange tabby, Garfield.

A lazy, grumpy, and hungry cat, Garfield enjoys making snide comments to his owner Jon Arbuckle and tormenting Odie the dog, while coaxing both of them to bring him vast amounts of lasagna.

Originating in a 1978 comic strip, Garfield spawned numerous TV shows and specials over the next few decades including A Garfield Christmas.

Garfield thought he was going to have the worst Christmas ever when Jon told him they would be spending Christmas in the country at the family farm. What Garfield didn’t know is that he would form a strong bond with Grandma Arbuckle, who loves to play a rockin’ piano and sneak food to the family pets!

Garfield and Grandma at Christmas

All right, you guys, just permit me one sentimental moment here, will you? I have something to say. Christmas: it’s not the giving, it’s not the getting, it’s the loving. There, I said it. Now get outta here.” – Garfield

Garfield learns the true meaning of Christmas in his TV special, but will Grumpy Cat do the same in her new Christmas movie? Find out when Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever airs on Lifetime Network this season!

No matter which cat is the grumpiest, fans of famous felines can find Grumpy Cat and Garfield goods at RetroFestive.ca!