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The 50th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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.

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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 throughout Youre 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!

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Whoville Feast
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 Festive  offers lots of Grinchy products such as ornaments, mugs, stockings, and plush toys for every Who in Whoville.


2016 Santa Claus Parades in Canada

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!

Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 5pm

Oakville Santa Claus Parade – Oakville, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 9am

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Oakville Santa Claus Parade 2014


Santa Claus Parade Day – Banff, Alberta
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10am

The 47th Annual Help Santa Toy Parade – Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

The Défilé du Père Noël – Montreal, Quebec
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – Niagara Falls, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

9th Annual Ingersoll Rotary Christmas Parade – Ingersoll, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade – Tillsonburg, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2pm

Welland Santa Claus Parade – Welland, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – Hamilton, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4:30pm

The Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade – Brampton, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 5pm

Santa’s Parade of Lights – Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 5pm

Brandon Santa Parade – Brandon, Manitoba
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The 64th Annual Santa John Santa Claus Parade – Saint John, New Brunswick
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – Woodstock, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The 112th Annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade – Toronto, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 12:30pm

Toronto Santa Claus Parade
Toronto Santa Claus Parade in the early 1900s

The 26th Annual Saskatoon Santa Claus Parade – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

The 31st Annual Santa’s Parade – Regina, Saskatchewan
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

The 35th Annual Consecon Santa Claus Parade – Consecon, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

Milton Santa Claus Parade – Milton, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:30pm

Belleville Nighttime Santa Claus Parade – Belleville, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 4:30pm

Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade – Nepean, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5:30pm

Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade – Fredericton, New Brunswick
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5pm

The Original Night-Time Santa Claus Parade – Bloomfield, Ontario
Friday, November 25, 2016 at 6:30pm

The Charlottetown Christmas Parade – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5pm

Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade – Victoria, British Columbia
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:45pm

Santa Claus Parade – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

Santa’s Parade of Lights – Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

The 18th Annual Kennebecasis Valley Santa Claus Parade -Quispamsis, New Brunswick
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

The Downtown Christmas Parade – St John’s, Newfoundland
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 12pm

Picton’s Santa Claus Parade – Picton, Ontario
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 1pm

The 30th Annual Santa Claus Parade – High River, Alberta
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:30pm

Winterval Santa Claus Parade – Whitehorse, Yukon
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 12:30pm

Whitehorse Santa Claus Parade
Santa at the Whitehorse Winterval

Santa Claus Parade – Airdrie, Alberta
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5pm

Kinsmen 5th Annual Santa Claus Parade – Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5pm

Santa Claus Parade and Lights of Christmas – Fort McMurray, Alberta
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:30pm

Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade – Port Colborne, Ontario
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 6:30pm

The 13th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade – Vancouver, British Columbia
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 12pm

The 51st annual Santa Claus Parade – Burlington, Ontario
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2pm

He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice / Santa Claus is coming to town! 


Tips for Stuffing Stockings

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.

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 Here is a Beginner’s Guide to Stuffing Stockings:

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!

Gift Card
Tim Hortons. iTunes. Shoppers Drugmart. A gift card is a great stocking stuffer because they are easier to fit in a stocking than an XL double double.

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.

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!

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!

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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!

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Once the stockings have been stuffed, and hung by the fireplace, all you need to do is wait!



I Heart XMAS with Shanelle Kaul

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!

Shanelle Kaul
Global Regina Morning News Anchor

Shanelle Kaul

What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special? 

Chuck Jones’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with Bailey’s and coffee in hand of course.




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!

Shanelle Kaul


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 Villains Who Give Us the Creeps

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!”

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Scut Farkus, played by Canadian Zack Ward, was the local bully for Ralphie Parker and the gang in A Christmas Story, but in real life he raises money for anti-bullying programs.


The Grinch – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Your soul is an appalling dump-heap, overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

Christmas villain

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 – Frosty the Snowman
We evil magicians have to make a living, too!

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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.

Christmas villains

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!

If you have a Christmas villain in your life, you know what to get them:
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