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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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I Heart XMAS with Kristian Noel Pedersen

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!

Kristian Noel Pedersen
A Kristian Kinda Christmas
Musician

Kristian Noel Pedersen (his real name!) started recording Christmas music seven years ago, after joking about how his name would be perfect for it.  He writes and records original indie folk songs, with weird synthesizers and drum machines, about Christmas traditions, shopping, and the winter blues.

Kristian Noel PedersenWhat is your favourite holiday movie or TV special?
I’m a sucker for 90’s sit-com Christmas specials. My favourites are Boy Meets World’s called “Santa’s Little Helpers” or Family Matters’ “Miracle on Elm Street“.  In terms of film, The Santa Clause will always be a favourite of mine, and a seasonal must-must watch.

 Does your family have a special or quirky holiday tradition?
The only thing that is quirky is how much we see each-other. My extended family used to have a Christmas brunch that ended around three hours before Christmas dinner. We’d literally all go from one house to another. Only to meet up the next day for boxing day dinner, and New Years day dinner. Lots of dinners.

What is your favourite Christmas song?
“Christmas In A Room” by Sufjan Stevens. A song about finding the magic of Christmas in the ones you love. It gets me every time.

Also, I have to give an honourable mention to “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney. Its probably the most avant-garde song to get played in malls and grocery stores. That takes talent.

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

 Ugly Christmas Sweaters?
Not a chance. Christmas sweaters I have a special place for, but I’m not a fan of intentionally ugly ones. Classic knitted patterns for me.

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
There is a Christmas themed wrestling t-shirt I’ve been really wanting, but haven’t bought it for myself yet. Fingers crossed Santa delivers it.

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Kristian Noel Pedersen’s Christmas seventh record will be released this week! Check it out at http://www.kristiankindachristmas.ca

 

 

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Peanutize Me This Christmas!

Whether it was the comic strip or TV specials, you’d have to be a blockhead not to love the Peanuts. When we heard the gang would be together again for The Peanuts Movie this November, we immediately started counting the days!

Thankfully we have the highly addictive Peanutize Me app to help pass the time. By selecting from dozens of hairstyles, outfits, and smile sizes, Peanuts fans can create a free personalized Peanuts avatar – as if Charles Schulz drew it himself!

In honour of The Peanuts Movie, we decided to “Peanutize” some of our favourite Christmas movie characters. We hope you enjoy the results as much as we do!

Clark Griswold – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Peanutize me griswold
The “Peanutize Me” app doesn’t quite capture the crazed look of Clark Griswold, but pretty close!

Mary Bailey – It’s a Wonderful Life

Peanutize Me Mary Bailey
Did you know It’s a Wonderful Life came out when they still made wooden Christmas trees?

 

Ralphie Parker – A Christmas Story

Peanutize Me Ralphie
Good grief! Ralphie really wants that Red Ryder B.B. gun this Christmas.

 

The Grinch – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Peanutize Me Grinch
The Grinch is one of the only Grinches who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.

 

Susan Walker – Miracle on 34th Street

Peanutize Me Mara Wilson
If Lucy van Pelt is the Christmas Queen, then Susan Walker is the Christmas princess!

 

Kevin McCallister – Home Alone

Peanutize Me Home Alone
Of all the McCallister’s in the world, Kevin is the Charlie Browniest.

Get Peanutized here: www.peanutizeme.com, or create your own Peanutize your favourite Christmas character and share it with us on twitter!

 

 

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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!

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