Well, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I for one don’t need much to get in the spirit of eating good food, watching football, and enjoying the company of friends and family. But I know a lot of people DO have trouble getting excited for it, so to help those of you along with that, I’m presenting a whole host of retro Thanksgiving goodness from around the web for you to enjoy. Hopefully you’ll find something here to perk you up for the coming holiday, and if not that, at the very least I hope you find something that tickles your retro bone.
The Origins of 10 Thanksgiving Traditions – Mental Floss
A Healthy Serving of the Best ’80’s Thanksgiving Specials and Videos – Rediscover the 80’s
He-Man and She-Ra Confuse Pat Sajak in the 1985 Macy’s Parade – Under Scoop Fire
13 Vintage Turkey Recipes That Would Ruin Anybody’s Thanksgiving – MeTV
23 Reasons Why Planes, Trains, & Automobiles is the Best Thanksgiving Movie Ever – BuzzFeed Rewind
Why Do the Lions and Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving? – Mental Floss
Look Into the Scary Past of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons – Retroist
14 Vintage Thanksgiving Foods We’re Thankful to Never Eat Again – MeTV
Watch the 80’s Thanksgiving Special That Launched Nickelodeon Animation – Rediscover the 80’s
“Jingle Bells” Was Originally Written for Thanksgiving – Mental Floss
Dino Drac’s Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe – Dinosaur Dracula
These 9 Thanksgiving Specials Will Take You Back to Childhood – MeTV
A Look Back at When Thanksgiving Was Basically Halloween – Mental Floss
Vintage Photos From the Thanksgiving Day Parade – MeTV
What Julia Child’s Thanksgiving Was Like – Mental Floss
13 Bygone Balloons You Won’t See in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – MeTV
Eat Like the Pilgrims – Mental Floss
Well, I hope you’ve found something to help get you in the mood for Thanksgiving, but at the least, I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with these various looks at the holiday.
Get your Macy’s Parade fix, as well as your nostalgia fix, a little early this year with the complete parade from 1985!
Relive this forgotten Rankin Bass Thanksgiving special from 1968.
I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, trading cards were a big part of my everyday life. I would spend plenty of my allowance on packs of baseball cards as well as non-sports cards of all kinds. Then I’d smuggle my cards to school and trade them with friends, or sometimes just drool over their collection. There was actually a summer where every single day with my friends was spent trading cards.
There is something very nostalgic to me about opening a pack of cards. I’ve went on a bit of a binge lately and purchased a lot of old wax packs on ebay. Everything from old baseball cards to Dick Tracy movie cards to Young Indiana Jones Chronicles cards. I’ve bought a lot. So with that said, it’s time to start opening these bad boys up and seeing what’s inside in what I like to call Wax Pack Flashback!
Up first is a pack of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cards from 1984. This was an 88 card set, that also featured 21 different stickers, with one being randomly inserted into each pack. The cards are in the animated style of the He-Man cartoon, and actually re-tell the episode titled “Like Father, Like Daughter” in comic strip form. They used scenes from the episode along with word bubbles to tell the story, and the backs of the cards went more in-depth about the story being told on the front of the card.
Just looking at the pack, it scream cool. It’s funny, but I was a super huge mark for all things He-Man back in the day, but at the time, I didn’t even know these cards existed. When I first came across a pack of them, I thought the packs themselves just looked really cool. The packs featured four different characters on them. He-Man, Skeletor, Teela, and Orko. I’ve got one each of the He-Man and Skeletor packs featured prominently in a display case in my living room.
The back of the pack shows the Topps logo quite well, but nothing else of note really. A lot of card packs from this era would feature some kind of candy ad on the back of the wrapper.
It’s my favorite time of year! The time leading up to the Christmas holiday is full of Christmas movies and TV episodes in my house, and MeTV is making that a little easier this year with their A Very Merry MeTV starting this Sunday. For the next seven weeks, MeTV is presenting three hours of Christmas themed episodes every Sunday afternoon. Check out the schedule below to find when your old forgotten favorite will be on.
Sunday, November 12
The Facts of Life “The Christmas Show” 2PM | 1C
The Facts of Life “Christmas in the Big House” 2:30PM | 1:30C
Mama’s Family “Santa Mama” 3PM | 2C
Mama’s Family “Mama Gets Goosed” 3:30PM | 2:30C
The Lucy Show “Together for Christmas” 4PM | 3C
The Lucy Show “Lucy the Choirmaster” 4:30PM | 3:30C
Sunday, November 19
The Facts of Life “Christmas Baby” 2PM | 1C
The Facts of Life “Pre-Christmas Card” 2:30PM | 1:30C
Saved by the Bell “A Thanksgiving Story” 3PM | 2C
Mama’s Family “An Ill Wind” 3:30PM | 2:30C
Happy Days “The First Thanksgiving” 4PM | 3C
Cheers “Ill-Gotten Gaines” 4:30PM | 3:30C