One of my favorite childhood memories was watching TV specials during the holidays. This was long before streaming video, DVR, or even DVDs. You had to (OMG!) wait for the holidays to roll around and (WTF?) watch them at the time they aired. Sounds horrendous, right? Yet being able to see them only once a year made it that much more special.. Unlike now, where my 5-year-old can watch Frosty on a loop until Easter. And while I loved Peanuts, The Grinch and all the others, my favorites were always the Rankin/Bass specials — particularly Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The creativity of the stop-motion animation, the catchy songs, and of course the wonderful characters — all added up to something truly magical.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, and thier pals on the Island of Misfit Toys. That’s right, FIFTY YEARS. While the animation looks rudimentary compared to today’s CGI blockbusters, the obvious hand-craftedness of the Rankin/Bass shows are what make them both charming and mesmerizing. When I showed Rudolph to Jon for the first time a couple of years ago, he was transfixed…and still is. And so am I.
So to celebrate, commemorate and (once again) collaborate, Lunchbox Dad and I have pooled our creativity and pulled together some nifty Rudolph-themed prizes. Check out all the awesomeness, then enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!
THE LUNCH: My co-giveaway-er Lunchbox Dad (AKA Beau Coffron) created this delightfully delicious Rudolph-themed lunch. It features our boy Rudy as an adorable PBJ sandwich, complete with pretzel antlers and a strawberry red nose! Read Beau’s post to see how to make this magical meal for your hungry little elves. And the nifty bento box the lunch is displayed in? You can score a set in the giveaway below!
THE LUNCH NOTES: With so many great characters, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few. But I’ve still got lots of shopping to do, so here you are: leading man, Rudolph; everyone’s favorite snow monster, Bumble; and Hermey, the disgruntled elf/aspiring dentist. Hermey has always been a favorite of mine; even as a child, I identified with his misfit status, and a sense that we were somehow different in the same way. 😉 The notes were once again created with my go-to SuperLunchNotes materials, Post-It Notes and Sharpies. The Colors of the World Post-Its and Sharpie metallic markers I used are both included in the giveaway!
• Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray
• Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Classic Story: 50th Anniversary Edition hardcover book
• EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers, Set of 4
• Post-It Super Sticky Pop-up Notes, Colors of the World Collection – Mykonos, 6 pack
• Sharpie Metallic Fine Point Markers, Set of 6
• 3 hand-drawn (by me!) SuperLunchNotes feat. characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Contest ends at 11:59pm PST this Thursday, December 18. Enter the contest widget below — there are multiple ways to enter!
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It was great fun working with Beau again, and I hope you guys enjoyed it, too! Be sure and check out Lunchbox Dad’s web site and Instagram for healthy portions of fun and creativity.
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