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.
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 throughoutYou‘re 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!
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 Festiveoffers lots of Grinchy products such as ornaments, mugs, stockings, and plush toys for every Who in Whoville.
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!
Christmas morning in my family is a ritual. It always goes the same way.
Someone (me) wakes up about an hour too early, and putters around the house not-so-quietly in order to wake everyone up. We put the coffee on and crack open the largest bottle of Bailey’s the liquor store sells. Then we start with our stockings.
Opening my stocking is my favourite part of Christmas, which is bitter sweet because it is the first stage of present time. The stocking is popping at the seams, full of sweet surprises and awesome necessities.
When I reached my adult years, I took on the responsibility of stuffing stockings. Stuffing my mom’s stocking for Christmas morning – don’t worry Santa, I got this – was stressful the first year because my mom is very good at stuffing stockings. I wanted to bring her as much joy as I get when I open my stocking. I quickly discovered making a list is the best way to plan.
Here is a Beginner’s Guide to Stuffing Stockings:
Chapstick Everyone needs a good tube of Chapstick or lip balm to get through winter. We are a Lip Smackers family, but they can be difficult to find in Canada now!
CD If you have a family member who doesn’t know what an iTune is, popping a good ol’ CD in their stocking works just as well. This is a good chance to throw in a new Christmas album, like A Jann Arden Christmas, or a top seller like Adele’s 25.
Clementine Every year my family would go to the children’s Christmas party at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160. My Uncle would sit in for Santa, and my Grandma would give out small stockings for all the kids. It always had a cane cane, a small toy and a clementine in the toe of the stocking.
Lotto Ticket Every stocking must have lottery scratch ticket. If you win big, you can take the whole family on a long Christmas vacation – somewhere warm!
Chocolate You must supply them with something to eat with their Bailey’s and coffee on Christmas morning!
Tooth Brush You must supply them with something to clean their teeth after having chocolate and coffee for breakfast on Christmas morning!
A Big Thing Stuffing a stocking may seem simple, but they are always bigger than you think they are! It is wonderful to pack a stocking with small treasures, but remember to stuff the stocking with a Big Thing like a Big Grinch to help fill it out!
Gag Gift Stockings are great opportunity for a gag gift. A bag of Snowman Poop hidden among festive treasures is good for a laugh!
Candy Cane A beautiful candy cane hooked on the top of a stocking is the perfect Pièce de résistance to the fireplace mantle on Christmas morning. Plus, they can use it to stir their hot chocolate!
Once the stockings have been stuffed, and hung by the fireplace, all you need to do is wait!
Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
Growing up, my brother and I were always allowed to open just one present on Christmas Eve. We’d always pick the biggest ones.
Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
Who doesn’t love getting a great gift! But picking out the perfect present for someone you care about, and watching them unwrap it on Christmas morning is so wonderful.
Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you?
I asked: Woodstock. Thanks friends!
Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
Count me in for any obnoxiously-decorated festive attire. Last year I made this four-person sweater for our Morning News team!
What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
A flight somewhere tropical to escape a prairie winter, but I’ll settle for a new blow-dryer.
Christmas movies always begin nicely. The tree is trimmed, the gifts are wrapped, the turkey is in the oven, the quirky family has arrived, and the magic of the holidays is in the air – but there is one Christmas villain who must turn this wonderful season into a problem!
This December there will be a new film released that focuses on the ultimate Christmas villain – Krampus.
Krampus, starring Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation, Allison Tolman from Fargo, and Toni Collett from United States of Tara, is a live action horror/dark comedy about a modern dysfunctional family at Christmas, and a visit from the horned, ancient monster of European folklore, who punishes naughty children.
In honour of Krampus‘ arrival, we have compiled a list of Christmas villains who give us the creeps!
Scut Farkus – A Christmas Story “Scut Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes! So, help me, God! Yellow eyes!”
They wrote a whole song describing how bad this guy was. But the power of a Christmas song also made his heart grow three sizes!
Scrooge – A Christmas Carol “Christmas is a very busy time for us, Mr. Cratchit. People preparing feasts, giving parties, spending the mortgage money on frivolities. One might say that December is the foreclosure season. Harvest time for the money-lenders.”
Since his creation in 1843 by Charles Dickens, the cruel stinginess of Ebenezer Scrooge has been portrayed by Michael Caine, Tim Curry, Alastair Sim, Patrick Stewart, and Scrooge McDuck in countless plays, TV shows and movies. Why has this story been told so many times, in so many ways? Perhaps we all hope to redeem ourselves for past mistakes, just as Scrooge does after seeing the error of his ways.
Heat Miser and Snow Miser – Year Without a Santa Claus “Friends call me Snow Miser, whatever I touch turns to snow in my clutch. I’m too much.”
“They call me Heat Miser. Whatever I touch starts to melt in my clutch. I’m too much.”
The Miser Brothers are not the worst of the Christmas villains, but their refusal to get along and work together really slows Mrs Claus down on her mission to save Christmas.
Harry F. Potter – It’s a Wonderful Life “George, I am an old man, and most people hate me. But I don’t like them either so that makes it all even.”
Mr Potter might be the most frustrating Christmas villain. He is pure evil and treats people terribly, but he never gets what is coming to him. He makes no attempt to become a better person, and George Bailey receives no chance at revenge!
Thankfully the cast of Saturday Night Live found the alternative ending of It’s a Wonderful Life, which seals Potter’s fate!
Professor Hinkle was just about the worst magician in the world, and he was pretty bad at being a villain too. He did try to ruin some pretty fantastic Christmas magic by stealing his hat from Frosty the Snowman and the children, but he was easily thwarted with the help of the Hocus the rabbit. I wonder how long it took him to write “I am very sorry for what I did to Frosty” a hundred zillion times.
Wet Bandits – Home Alone “I think we’re getting scammed by a kindergartener.“
Marv and Harry were small time thieves who thought they would get a big payoff scamming houses during the holidays. Eight year-old Kevin McCallister prevented that with a painful obstacle course. Just when you thought The Wet Bandits couldn’t get any worse, they try to rob a toy store of their charitable work during Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Thankfully Kevin is there to once again show them what’s what at Christmas!
Holiday Fair in the Square Vendor
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*Note: Only select items available at our Toronto kiosk locations. Distillery District kiosk carries NO Ugly Sweaters, while the City Hall kiosk carries MOSTLY Ugly Sweaters. Full range of products available online and at our Oakville store.