We all have Christmas memories from days gone by that transport us right back to specific moments in time. From the smell of the fireplace to the taste of pie, I have many merry memories! Luckily, I was able to find some treasures to help keep my memories alive each Christmas season.
My Grandma’s Ceramic Christmas tree My siblings and I always loved Grandma’s ceramic tree. We would take turns moving around the colourful pegs coming up with different patterns to suit our moods. The best part was the star that, if removed, would create a cool vortex of light that shot right out the top!
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.
Holiday Fair in the Square Vendor
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Dec 8 - Dec 23 Only
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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.