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The Spirit of

Christmas Past

Metaphysical Mojo is pleased to present, Our THIRD YEAR of

 The Spirit of Christmas Pas. During the months of  November and December, we will be sharing local stories, recipes, Christmas crafts, games, Christmas trivia and much more. We encourage all to share this page with others so they can experience the magic, wonder, and childhood memories of the holiday season.

Bright Blessings to you and your family.

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Bruce the Moose

Bruce the Moose: A Canadian Icon Disappears.

Written by: Johnathon Boyd

    It was a sad day in December 1984. A Canadian Icon in most malls and shopping centers disappeared without a goodbye. I used to live for christmas and running to the Quinte mall to see...Bruce the moose!!  He was MASSIVE. it is a happy memory of the first time years ago that i came to know bruce the moose. I had never seen anything like that. A twenty foot tall moose, that moved and sang to music. it was loud when things clicked and moved, but what a sight!

 

    I remember that the show would last about twenty minutes. bruce would come to life, tap his hoof, play a piano, sing, blink his eyes, move his eye-brows and turn his head. during the show, bruce would be joined by his friend Chestnut, a Squirrel that lived in a log in the scenery. They would sing a song and finish the performance together.

    The show centered around the true meaning of Christmas and to be caring, sharing and loving to your family. There were three songs, only two i can remember: (Guess Who) it's bruce the moose and That's christmas,C-H-r-i-S-T-M-A-S! Every child who sat on Santa's knee, would get a set of bruce the Moose moose Antlers, a bruce the moose colouring book, and a candy cane.

      around December 1984....Bruce the moose was no more. I felt like a piece of my childhood was ripped away. i was hoping he would return someday...and that dream is still alive. i stay positive that he is stored away, under a dusty tarp, in a warehouse in belleville, ontario...waiting to be rescued. BRING BACK BRUCE THE MOOSE !!

    Thank you to The simpson blog, for the use of pictures. for more information on bruce the Moose, please click Here.

Bright blessings

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Bruce the Moose from various malls across ontario. the one at the Quinte mall in Belleville, Ontario looked Like the Bruce from picture three, with the piano from picture 1.

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SANTCLAUPARADE

The Belleville Santa Claus Parade, No Replacement For The Original.

Written by: Johnathon Boyd

     I am a sucker for the original. If it isn't broken don't try to improve or fix it. I was happy as a child in the 1970's to stand outside and watch a Parade, not a loud bunch of music to cover the generators, on a cold night in November. Give me the ORIGINAL Belleville Santa Claus Parade !! You remember the old parades through downtown, great floats, lots of bands from all over Ontario, and it was during the daytime. It was always the last Saturday in November and usually the same day as the Eaton's Santa Claus Parade in Toronto. The old parade route would start at the Fairgrounds, go north on Sidney St., turn right on to West Moira, Turn right on to Pinnacle, turn right onto Front St., then either to Meyers Pier or back to Fairgrounds. I believe that was the old route for many years.

    Parade weekend was great as a child! You were always guaranteed to have a ton of snow.

We would get bundled up in our snowsuits, pack into the car, and head out for 9:30 am. The parade would start around 10:30 am. It was a great anticipation to see some of your favourite floats: The Shriners Camel Herder's, Blinky the Police Car, The Vintage Fire Engines, The Flinstones Car with Fred and Wilma, The Upside-down clowns and the Foster Clown Troupe with all the crazy bikes, go carts, and train...just a lot of fun.

    There were candy canes and holiday treats handed out by the parade participants as they passed by the big crowds. The Canadian Postal carriers would collect letters to Santa from the kids along the parade route. Then the big moment arrived...in all his glory...there he was...life sized...SANTA CLAUS !! The crowds would all head into the downtown stores to grab hot chocolate or something warm.

     It was time to head to the Quinte Mall to see Santa Claus arrive in a helicopter !! What a sight. Then indoors to see Bruce The Moose and wait in line to tell Santa what you would like for Christmas. You leave happy that you talked to the man himself, had a pair of Bruce The Moose antlers, a colouring book and yet another candy cane. Just enough time to rush home and catch the Eaton's Santa Claus Parade on television.

What more could a kid ask for ??

 As the years went by, everything had to be re-vamped.There were problems with turns, electrical wires, etc. and the route changed many times. Then the parade was re-launched to a lighted offering at night. I, myself, liked the old parade, in the daytime, and later in November. You lose a bit of the magic, when all you hear is generators running. It is much colder at night, not really made for younger kids who get cold fast and up past their bed time. Today's parade isn't as long and the floats aren't anything like they used to be.

As I said earlier, I'm a sucker for the original.

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Picture of The Foster Clown Troupe (left) and an old car in the 1978

Belleville Santa Claus Parade.

Pictures From Hastings County Archives

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Picture of The Flinstone's Car with Fred & Wilma (left) and a Vintage Fire Engine in the 1978

Belleville Santa Claus Parade.

Pictures From Hastings County Archives

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Do you remember this Train Engine in many parade's as a child?

From the 1978 Belleville Santa Claus Parade

Pictures From Hastings County Archives

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Picture of a float from the Belleville O.P.P. in the 1978

Belleville Santa Claus Parade.

Pictures From Hastings County Archives

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Picture of the float The Night Before Christmas in the 1978

Belleville Santa Claus Parade.

Pictures From Hastings County Archives

Dickens Of A Christmas

Dickens Of A Christmas, Dundas Ontario.

Written by: Johnathon Boyd

  In the town of Dundas Ontario, is a yearly festival that celebrates the spirit of Charles Dickens. Explore downtown and step back in time with Victorian Decorations, Father Christmas, Christmas Carollers, A Carousel, Sweets, Treats, Candy Cane Lane and much more!

We enjoyed our time in Dundas and shared many stories about the Christmas Tree, History of Christmas and the Origins of Santa Claus. Stepping back in time as we walked the downtown core. We met many people, pets and performers during our visit. The Spirit Of The Season shone through as we handed out candy canes. It was a great event and

everyone had a lot of fun!             

Here are some videos of "Mojo On The Road", Dickens of A Christmas 2021 in Dundas,ON! PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, LIKE the video and HIT THE BELL ICON to stay up to date

on all our new videos.

 Merry Christmas and Blessed Yule to our Wiccan/Pagan Friends!

Festival Of Lights

Festival Of Lights, Burlington Ontario.

Written by: Johnathon Boyd

Merry Christmas and Blessed Yule To our Wiccan/Pagan Friends!🎄🎇

    We visited the Festival Of Lights 2021 event, Celebrating 26 Years of  Holiday Magic!

"The Festival of Lights illuminates Burlington’s waterfront through December to early January each year. Thousands of local residents and visitors from across the region, and beyond, have made it a seasonal tradition to wander through the park with family and friends to view the themed displays. Tens of thousands more take in the attraction while driving along Lakeshore Road at the City’s waterfront throughout the holiday season. It represents a popular annual tradition in the community. The Festival marks its 26th anniversary in 2021. Come share your holiday spirits with family and friends while strolling through the magical lighting displays this year!"

Thank you to everyone for the fun and great Displays!

Here is "Mojo On The Road", The Festival of Lights 2021 in BURLINGTON,ON!

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Village Square

Village Square, Burlington Ontario.

Written by: Johnathon Boyd

Merry Christmas and Blessed Yule To our Wiccan/Pagan Friends!🎄🎇

We visited the Festival Of Lights 2021 event! I took Darlene to a festive treat hidden

in downtown Burlington,ON......Village Square!

Step Back In Time as you stroll The Cobblestone Pathways. "Designed in the tradition of a turn-of-the-century town square, Village Square unites historic architecture with modern lifestyle interests and establishments. Home to a sophisticated mix of locations, Village Square has something for everyone." Thank you to everyone for the fun and great Displays!

Here is "Mojo On The Road", Village Square 2021 in BURLINGTON,ON!

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108  HoLIDAY MOVIES  & 
CHRISTMAS Specials

Holiday Movies & Christmas Specials:

Classics, Cartoons, & Common Ground.

Written by: Johnathon Boyd

The Holiday Season is in overdrive. It is time for the yearly parade of our favourite

HoLIDAY MOVIES & CHRISTMAS Specials!! "I have been on this planet, for

53 Years NowI must find some JOY in Christmas..But How??"

For me, it is through re-watching The Holiday Classics! My JOY during the "SEASON",

as I relive the simpler times of my childhood, and the magic and wonder of Christmas.

When the snow was blowing fierce outside, there was A Charlie Brown Christmas,

How The Grich Stole Christmas, Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph The Red-Nosed

Reindeer, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and many

more as the weeks rolled by.

     So many of the Classics, we have come to love every year,

have a category of their own! I talking about the Rankin/Bass Collection. Some you

are familiar with, and some you have forgotten about due to not being played for

more that 25 years. Long gone are the days in the 70's and 80's with the Christmas

Special All-Day Marathons!! They ran, the week before Christmas, Christmas Eve

Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. All Un-Edited for time, Commercial Free and

ran Back to Back starting at 5:00 AM to 9:00PM yearly. What a great time to be a child!

Over the years, HoLIDAY MOVIES & CHRISTMAS Specials have taken a hit on

the Broadcasting Schedule. Many on the list below have been lost to time, never to be

played again. The Great News is that most have been restored and put out on Blu-Ray

and Digital Copies to survive for generations to come!

Most Christmas Fanatics start their yearly countdown of watching their favourite

HoLIDAY MOVIES & CHRISTMAS Specials on December 1st and culminating

with a marathon of THE BEST on Christmas Eve! Everyone has their favourites

Below are 108 of my picks (no specific ranking) for the Best HoLIDAY MOVIES & CHRISTMAS Specials. Some have spawned franchises, prequels, numerous

sequels, re-boots, comics/books, mass merchandising, spin-offs, etc.

You may agree or not, it is all up to personal choice.

Bright Blessings to you and your family.

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THE CLASSICS!

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ANIMATED CLASSICS!

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The Rankin/Bass Collection

FAMILY FAVOURITES

FORGOTTEN TREASURES

NEW CLASSICS!

CROSS-OVER CLASSICS!

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CHRISTMAS TRIVIA 

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Metaphysical Mojo brings you and your family some fun for the holiday season with CHRISTMAS TRIVIA ! A friend of mine, Bobby Morris, brought over a trivia game for the holiday season that was really difficult. We decided to create our own! During the month of  December, trivia questions will be posted periodically. The answers  will be posted the next day. The questions will be split up into Six Categories: Christmas Carols, Christmas Cracker, Festive Traditions, Holiday SpecialsSanta's Secrets and Christmas Quotes. Are you a GRINCH or MASTER ELF  ??

Idea: Why not make it a game with your family this season ??

1. Copy down the categories (number them 1-6), questions, and answers on blank index cards.

2.  Place all cards in a stocking.

 3. Split up into two teams.

4. Roll the die. The number showing is the category/question you ask

5. A team member (reading) takes a turn drawing a card,

and reads question to opposing (answering) team.

6. Team can work together to answer question.

7. If team answers correctly, they get point and finish category of question answered.

8. Once turn is finished, a team member (just read question) rolls the die.

9. A team member (just answered question) takes a turn

drawing a card, and reads question to opposing team (answering).

10. The game continues until one team completes all answers for all categories.

Option: Set a 30 second time limit on answering questions.

Round One.

Christmas Carols

1. The gentleman who sang the song  "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch", from the

1966 animated special, also voiced a popular breakfast cereal icon. Name the icon.

A: Tony the Tiger (Thurl Ravenscroft)

2. How many gifts would you have if you accepted every present

from the Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas?

A: 364

3. What is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time?

A: White Christmas

4. What did Santa's sleigh have for a wheel in Little Saint Nick?

A: A Ski

5. Who sang It's A Marshmallow World?

A: Dean Martin

Christmas Cracker

1. Which member of The Eurythmics was born on Christmas Day, 1954?

A: Annie Lennox

2. Who said: "Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas."

A: Johnny Carson

3. What is the population of Christmas, Florida?

Is It 1,162, 11,620 or 116,200 People?

A: 1,162 People

4. What is the average number of gifts an adult male receives for Christmas?

A: Six

5. Does UPS deliver on Christmas Eve?

A: Yes

Festive Traditions

1. What is the weight of the biggest turkey on record?

A: 86 Pounds!!

2. When were pre-wired electric Christmas tree lights first

available to the public?

In 1902, 1903, or 1904?

A: In 1903

3. How much did it cost to decorate a Christmas tree with electric

lights at the end of the 19th century?

A: $300 (about $2,000 today)

4. What seafood is considered a Christmas favourite in Paris, France?

A: Oysters

5. In years gone by, where was it customary to "fish for the church"

over the Christmas holidays?

A: Newfoundland, Canada

 Holiday Specials

1. Who raised Santa Claus in the 1985 stop motion animated feature

The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus?

A: A Lioness (Sheiagra) and a Fairy (Necile)

2. What did Yukon Cornelius find in the last scene of the animated classic

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer?

A: A Peppermint Mine

3. Who was the voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas?

A: Chris Sarandon

4. What 1994 movie gave us the tagline: "This Christmas, the snow hits the fan."? 

A: The Santa Clause

5. What Christmas special was nominated for an outstanding animated program Emmy in 1990?

A: The Simpsons Christmas Special

 Santa's Secrets

1. Does Rudolph have antlers?

A: Yes

2. On average, how many Canadian homes have Christmas trees?

Is it 1, 2, or 3 Million Homes?

A: 3 Million Homes

3. What Roman/Pagan holiday does the Christmas tree trace it's roots from?

A: Saturnailia

4. How does Santa say Merry Christmas in France?

A: Joyeux Noel

5. How tall are full-grown Reindeer?

A: 3 and 1/2 feet tall

Christmas Quotes

( From Holiday Movies and Specials)

1. "If I could work my will, Every Idiot that goes about with Merry Christmas on

his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with

a stake of holly through his heart !!"

A: A Christmas Carol

2. "Yeah, Fried Pussy Cat!! If that thing had nine lives, she just spent’em all."

A: National Lampoons : Christmas Vacation

3. "Whiskers out!! The cold air makes them grow."

A: A Miracle on 34th Street

4. "My finger's in your mouth kitty, but I don't feel no teeth."

A: 8 Crazy Nights

5. "Your name is Thurman Merman??"

A: Bad Santa

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