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I Heart XMAS! with Susan Hay

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!

Susan Hay, Anchor/Producer, Global News
@MadGlobalTO
www.globalnews.ca/author/susan-hay/

Susan Hay Christmas
Susan Hay will co-host the Toy Drive Live broadcast on December 4 at 5:30 on Global

Retro Festive: What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special?
Susan Hay: My favourite Christmas movie is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Loved it as a child and still do today, but this time I enjoy it with our 10-year old.

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
My family loves Christmas. Coming from a French/Italian background, it’s all about the food and bringing family and friends together.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
For me, it’s all about giving.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
Sorry, no ugly Christmas anything in my closet!

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
What do I want Santa to bring me this year? George Clooney, but he’s taken!
Merry Christmas Everyone!

Global News teams up with Toronto Fire Fighters every year to support the Firefighters Toy Drive. Toy Drive Live, co-hosted by Susan Hay, will be broadcast live on Global News at 5:30pm from the Shops on Don Mills on Thursday, December 4th.

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Emporium of Ugly Christmas Sweaters in Toronto / Oakville

Open every day til Christmas, starting Nov. 1st.  (See hours and directions, below)

If you’re in Toronto, the GTA or Southern Ontario and you’re in the market for an Ugly Christmas Sweater, then RetroFestive.ca in Oakville is the place to go!

Shop online or in-store every day til Christmas! RetroFestive has the largest selection of Ugly Christmas Sweaters in Canada. Plus Ugly Christmas Sweater Party decorations and supplies, garish jewelry and gaudy accessories. You’ll feel like a kid at Christmas!

E! Canada Visits Ugly Christmas Sweater Store in Oakville
Tyrone T-Rex Edwards and E! Canada explore the Ugly Sweater selection at RetroFestive.ca in Oakville. We gave them the scoop on why people go crazy for Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

OAKVILLE WAREHOUSE STORE HOURS:

Monday – Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

OAKVILLE WAREHOUSE STORE LOCATION:

1100 Invicta Drive, Unit #1, Oakville, ON, L6H 2K9

 

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Grumpy Cat Films Christmas Movie in Canada

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, aka Tardar Sauce will star in her own Lifetime Movie this Christmas, entitled Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. The film shot in Vancouver Aug. 16 through Sept. 9 and will receive its World Premiere on Lifetime Network, November 29 at 8/7c.

Worst Christmas Ever Grumpy Cat Canada
I don’t always make Christmas movies, but when I do, I film them in Canada.

Andrea Ford is a Grumpy Cat superfan from Vancouver who was excited about the feline filming in her city.

“She is a beautiful cat. She’s also imperfect. I think that’s what’s really nice about her. Everybody has stresses and negativity, and when you see this cat, you can’t help but be happy. Everybody needs to lighten up a little bit. And when you poke fun at the negativity, you’re just going to smile.”

The frowning feline has been immortalized in hundreds of consumer products, from Grumpy Cat puzzles to Grumpy Cat Christmas ornaments.

Grumpy Cat Christmas Mug
Oh Ho the MistleNO! Grumpy Cat Mug, available at RetroFestive.ca

In the movie, the curmudgeonly cat (voiced by Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza) plays a lonely pet shop captive who is never adopted because of her sourpuss face. One day, 12-year-old Chyrstal discovers she can communicate with Grumpy Cat and falls in love with the disgruntled feline. Together, they may or may not discover the true meaning of Christmas.

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Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) plays a pet shop inmate nobody wants due to her forlorn face.

The film has been described as a little bit Home Alone and a little bit Die Hard, and also features cameos from other famous Internet memes.

Grumpy Cat is a busy cat. In the past year she has released her first album, visited Disneyland to meet Grumpy the Dwarf, and signed with Friskies to be their ‘spokescat’.

Grumpy Cat meets Grumpy dwarf
Grumpy Cat meets Grumpy dwarf

She also wrote a book, The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat, which she promoted on a book tour this past summer, making a stop in Toronto.

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The Toronto Star caught Grumpy Cat posing with fans at Indigo Eaton Centre in Toronto.

Grumpy rose to Internet stardom in September 2012 when her photo was posted on social media website Reddit. According to her owner, her grumpy-looking face is likely due to the cat being born with feline dwarfism. Her signature phrase? “I had fun once…it was awful”.

Grumpy Cats Worst Christmas Ever
Grumpy Cat, the action star?!

“In the middle of the holiday rush, Grumpy reluctantly thwarts the kidnapping of an expensive exotic dog she can’t stand and rescues Chyrstal after the mall closes on Christmas Eve. Will Grumpy Cat learn the true meaning of Christmas, or will it be in Grumpy’s words, ‘Worst. Christmas. Ever?’”

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