TechnoRetro Dads: The Best Hype Is Christmas Eve

by TechnoRetro Dads

On Christmas Eve, get jazzed with JediShua and snazzy with shazbazzar as the final hours of Santa-hype progress before all the beautifully wrapped gifts are opened, the toys are spread around the living room, and the parents are asleep on the couch.

In the final episode of 2018, shazbazzar and JediShua present some inventive concepts for the perfect Christmas cereal, nonchalantly hint to their families what to get them, play some seasonal video games, and announce the final bracket winner from the EarBud Toy Catalog.

The gifts are all purchased and wrapped, the food is mostly prepared (to be further prepared), the bags are packed for the trip to Gramma’s, and everything is ready for Christmas.  But don’t discount the joy of pre-Christmas hype on Christmas Eve.  Join shazbazzar and JediShua for a final 77 minutes of #TechnoRetro in 2018.

We Love Our Cereal…

…and so do our EarBuds.  On Christmas Eve, the kids are already excited and might get up before Mom and Dad are ready to take on the day.  What are parents to do when the kids are up at 5 AM and really hungry?  Direct them to the cereal shelf in the pantry with a bowl, a spoon, and milk, and tell them to make their favorite Christmas Eve combination of cereals and watch cartoons.

TechnoRetro Arcade

Remember when you played last year’s Christmas gift (Atari, Nintendo, Sega, PlayStation, Game Cube, etc.) on Christmas Eve to get your mind off what might possibly be under the tree in the morning?  JediShua and shazbazzar take a peek back at several video games with snow themes and snow screens that are perfect for a “Sleigh Ride” with “Jingle Bells”.

EarBuds Toy Catalog: Mixed Bag

The results of the fourth bracket of the EarBuds Toy Catalog are in and some of the retro toys challenge the newer products.  From Speak and Spell to Whirly-Wheels, from Bop-Bags to Magic 8-Balls, the toys are as hot as Hot Wheels, bigger than Micro Machines, springier than a Slinky, and less talkative than Teddy Ruxpin.  Remember, even though it’s Christmas Eve, it’s never too late to give hints to loved ones.  Maybe you’ll get your winner tomorrow morning.

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  We’ll be back next year, but if you’re looking for more content before then, check out some older episodes on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, or at  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, get TechnoRetro merch at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to

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Join shazbazzar and JediShua each week for a look back at the ’70s and ’80s as they share the fun and also fandom of their youth with their families, friends, and EarBuds. Topics include TV, film, music, toys, and games of the ’70s and ’80s as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star Wars, TRON, and The Dark Crystal. TechnoRetro Dads creates new stories as old legends are passed down from one generation to the next.

If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just appreciate the ’70s and ’80s, then this podcast is definitely for you!

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