Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Talking Toy Figures

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer fans, look what I found! A set of Rudolph themed Talking Figurines that has been issued for Rudolph's 50th Anniversary as a limited edition collectible toy.

Yes, that is right, Rudolph has been around for 50 years. He first appeared on the animated Christmas t.v. special on December 6, 1964 and has gone on to become more and more popular every year since then.

Each of the four figures in this set speaks four phrases and plays a song. For instance, when you press Santa Claus' belt buckle, he responds with:

"Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!"
"First stop: "The Island of Misfit Toys!"
"Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho!" or
"Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Santa also sings, "Jingle Jingle Jingle, I Am Old Kris Kringle."

I think one of these toys would make a terrific gift if you are looking for an inexpensive, Christmas-themed gift idea but the whole set would be fun to collect and either display or play with every year at Christmastime. You can check them all out on Amazon by clicking right here.

Merry Christmas!

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Check out Amazon's collection of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Talking Toy Figures.
More Rudolph gift ideas. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gramps and the Snowman Saturday Evening Post December 1919

Norman Rockwell is well known for his paintings that show Americans going about their ordinary lives in days gone by.

He started out illustrating children’s books at the fairly young age of 16 and went on eventually to work for the Saturday Evening Post.

In almost fifty years, he created 321 illustrations for covers on the magazines and although he did other work, he is best known for those covers.

I love this illustration, Rockwell's 25th cover, which features a grandfather off on a fun winter or Christmas time errand and a snowman made in his likeness. The image is know by three names: Gramps Encounters Gramps, Snow Sculpture and Gramps and the Snowman. I think I like the third title best.

The original painting is in the Newman Galleries collection in Philadelphia.

A reproduction giclee print of this cover is available from Allposters.com in a variety of sizes, framed or unframed by clicking here.

An original cover is hard to come by.  You will be lucky to find it in any condition. When I was writing this post, there was one cover available on eBay. You can check and see if one might be available right now by clicking here.

It is the perfect cover for a holiday issue. It does make me wonder what was happening in the world in December, 1919 when The Saturday Evening Post used this cover. How about you?

Merry Christmas!

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Buy this reproduction print from Allposters.com.
Check eBay for the original Gramps and the Snowman cover.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Scrabble Holiday Edition Game

Scrabble fans would definitely like to this holiday edition of the word game Scrabble. I love the idea of a festive version of my favourite word game.  In this version of Scrabble, you earn bonus points for coming up with Christmas-themed Scrabble words.  Sounds positively jolly to me!

Scrabble Holiday Edition is recommended for two to four players aged 8 and up and features red and green tiles and a Christmas stocking to store them in.

It's not too late to purchase this gift for the Scrabble fan on your Christmas gift-giving list and it is worth noting that it is not just a fun gift idea but that Amazon has it on sale right now at just under $20, which makes it is an affordable one, too!

I hope that board games are an important part of your Christmas season.  I am anxiously awaiting the return of my university-aged son so that we can play board games with three people instead of two, which is as you likely know, a fast improvement.  Hopefully, our local son will have a couple of nights free from work to join us and we will find time to play while their Aunt Robin is in town for Christmas.   Scrabble is right up there on our list of game choices.

Merry Christmas!

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Click here to order the Scrabble Holiday Edition game from Amazon.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Talent Show Video

On the eve of the annual Christmas Ugly Sweater party that my husband and I attend when we dress in our festive best or maybe that should be festive brightest or maybe truthfully our festive ugliness, I bring you a smile...

Watch as this group of dads, known as the Christmas Jumpers, strut their stuff attired in their ah, lovely collection of Christmas sweaters (or jumpers as they are known abroad) and dance at a talent show to the tune of the Nutcracker's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Do you think they knew they would be famous when they prepared this Christmas performance? Rock on, dads!

Merry Christmas,

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lego Christmas Elf Minifigure

Meet Lego's Elf mini-figure. Isn't he adorable?  I think that he is the PERFECT stocking stuffer for children aged four and up. However, he is also a totally appropriate if somewhat unexpected stocking stuffer idea for the adult Lego fan or fans in your life. He will bring a smile to the face of any Lego-loving grown-up.

I know him only as the Christmas Holiday Elf from Lego's Mini-Figures Series 11. When he is not out with Santa Claus and his team, he can be easily found on Amazon by clicking here.  Maybe you can even come up with a name for him.

Merry Christmas!

Quick Links:

Find Lego's Holiday Elf Mini-figure on Amazon.
Lego Gift Ideas...That Are Not Lego Sets.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Free Lego Christmas Gift Tags

Look what I found! Free printable Christmas themed gift tags from the people at DK. That is, DK the manufacturer of numerous wonderful children's books.

These gift tags were inspired by the DK book, Lego Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History, which was written by Gregory Farshtey and Daniel Lipkowitz and released in 2013. The book details the evolution of the minifigure from the earliest up to those that had been released when this book was was published. It includes information and fabulous pictures of more than 2,000 minifigures. The age range is given as 10 to 18 but I think it would be a wonderful gift idea for anyone who is intrigued by the not-so-humble Lego minifigure.

The gift tags? You will find  a set of four mini-figures including a marching soldier, a robot, Santa Claus and Star Wars' Yoda. You'll find a PDF file with the printable version right here.

The book? You'll find it on Amazon by clicking here.

The perfect gift idea for a really big Lego fanatic? Buy the book, wrap it and affix one of the free gift tags from DK to create the perfect gift packaging.

That's all for now as "Halls to be decking I have." I am sure you do, too.

Merry Christmas!

Quick Links:

Find  the FREE Lego Christmas gift tags here.
Buy Lego Minifigure Year By Year: A Visual History from Amazon here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Steiff Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Clarice Plush Toys

As a long time fan of the German teddy bear manufacturer Steiff, I was totally thrilled when I stumbled across this beautiful pair, a plush Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his sweet friend, Clarice.

They are not big, measuring around 6 inches nor are they inexpensive, but as one might expect from Steiff, they are a quality made product from a company that has been producing beautiful plush toys since the early 1900s. As a bonus, they are from the most enduring Christmas television special of all time.

If you are looking for a heirloom-quality gift idea for a young family this Christmas, you will not go wrong picking this celebrity couple. What is really neat is that unlike years ago when you might have had to find a special retailer to be able to buy a Steiff toy, you can buy this pair online directly from Amazon by clicking right here.

Merry Christmas!

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Order Steiff's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from Amazon. 
Create a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer gift set.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stamps

What's really funny is that I do not even live in the United States but I still love these Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps as released by the United States Postal Service on November 6, 2014. You will four different stamps with images of the most important characters from the show: Rudolph, Hermey, Santa and, of course, the Bumble who has an almost cult-like following in pop culture.

According to the USPS, Rudolph is the longest-running and highest-rated Christmas special in TV history, which is really not hard to believe since it has been running every year since its release on December 6, 1964.

I see that these stamps are available from Amazon.com right now by clicking here but it looks like they're selling at a premium so if you live in the United States, you might want to head off to your local post office right away and pick them up personally. You can also visit the online office of the USPS at the link shown above to buy your Rudolph stamps.

Wouldn't it be fun to receive an old-fashioned Christmas card in the mail with a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamp on it? I sure think so!  I think they would also make a fun Christmas-themed stocking stuffer.

Merry Christmas!

Quick Links:

Buy Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stamps on Amazon.
Create a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer gift set.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweater T-Shirts

Well, once again I am surprised but once again I really shouldn't be.  I just stumbled across this ugly Christmas sweater. Ugly Christmas sweater, ah, t-shirt, that is.  What next, LOL? I feel like there isn't much to say. Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. This time, a thousand ugly words though if truth be told this t-shirt is actually prettier than it is ugly.

Happy Holidays!

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Find this ugly Christmas sweater t-shirts here.
Find the Best Christmas Board Ever on Pinterest.

Womans Long Sleeve Wiener Wonderland Ugly Xmas Sweater T-Shirt

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Monty The Penguin

I guess I am late since I only just discovered John Lewis' advertisements that, with the release of the 2014 video, now include a character named Monty the Penguin.

For fellow North Americans like myself who do not know, John Lewis is an upscale British department store that has been in operation since 1864 and that now boasts 43 stores.

You can watch the two minute 2014 video for yourself here:


And here's the equally lovely 2013 Christmas commercial, called The Bear and The Hare.


The ad campaigns are considered brilliantly done and have gone viral, considered by some to be one of the advertising events of the year. How about it? What did you think? And, perhaps most tellingly, were you feeling for Monty the Penguin?

If you're on Twitter, you can follow Monty's adventures at #MonthyThePenguin or follow us at @WeLoveHolidays.

Merry Christmas!

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The March of the Penguins.
Click here to order this penguin duo from Amazon.

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