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Happy Christmas in July, y’all! We are officially 5-months away from Christmas day! This year is flying by, even in quarantine!

As a special treat to celebrate this festive summer holiday, join Julia, Thom, and Anthony as they break format to discuss foreign Christmas traditions instead of Christmas films! But it’s not just the hosts sharing information about how the holidays are celebrated abroad – we also have a record nineteen listener submissions as well, in which some familiar voices, some new voices, and the voices of some fellow Christmas podcasters share details, not only about Christmas celebrations that happen overseas, but also in their local cities and in their families as well.

While this is our longest episode to date at exactly 2-Hours, 17-Minutes, and 55-Seconds, it flies by and is filled with so many stories of amazing traditions and contains such festive music, that it’s one of our personal favorites that we’ve ever done! And we have to give a special shoutout to all of our amazing listeners who took the time to participate in this episode:

– Ron Hogan a.k.a. President Hotdog
– Alex
– Lauren Simone
– Matt Eurich a.k.a. Gary Blauman
– Manny Torres
– April Ryley
– Nicole Little
– Glen Warren of Seasons Eatings Podcast
– Claude Bélanger
– Charlyn Lewis
– Rachel Poole
– Ross Taylor
– Michele Kidwell
– Rebecca Boll
– Steven Beech a.k.a. Disco54
– Adam Parker of Merry Britmas Podcast
– Duane Bailey of Tinsel Tunes Podcast
– Todd Killian of Christmas Clatter Podcast
– Gerry Davila of Totally Rad Christmas Podcast

Y’all are seriously the best. We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to say it – we have the best listeners in the world!

So, blast that air-conditioning to simulate a cold winter’s night, brew your favorite holiday beverage, kick back, and enjoy this very special, extremely fun, and extraordinarily festive episode brimming with holiday cheer that takes you on a cross country road trip across America and an educational tour around the globe! And make sure to listen through the end music to hear (2) Bloopers from the recording of this episode!

In addition, if you want more Christmas in July content, Patrons of our show can check out our newest Patreon episode which dropped yesterday, on July 24th, in which Anthony welcomes back April Ryley to discuss Christmas in New York! And for those of you who aren’t patrons yet, but want to look into getting this bonus episode, other bonus episodes, Christmas cards, stickers, and other goodies, head on over to https://www.Patreon.com/TisThePodcast and consider subscribing!

As always, thanks for all of your support, everybody – we love you all! And remember – “Soon It Will Be Christmas Day”!

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Author: Anthony
Title: Episode 156: A Tis The Podcast Family Christmas In July!

Holly Jolly Xmasu
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Episode 6 - Christmas In July

Welcome to Episode 6 of Holly Jolly X’masu! This being my first Christmas in July episode, I wanted to do something special. I covered a variety of summer-themed or summery-sounding Christmas songs instead of a single album. Considering the current state of the world, I wanted to stick with mostly upbeat songs. I’ll feature the downbeat songs next year.

For anyone who’s ever wondered about the origins of Christmas in July, the earliest reference comes from the 1892 opera, Werther, which featured a scene with children rehearsing a Christmas song in July. In my house when I was a kid, that was just a normal day, but in the opera, it prompts one pre-ghost Scrooge of a character to remark, “When you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season.”

The first known celebration of Christmas in July allegedly took place in 1933 at Keystone Camp in Brevard, NC. The camp’s founder, Fannie Holt, decided to stage a Christmas celebration for her campers, complete with Santa, a tree, presents, carolers and even fake snow. The tradition evolved from there and the camp still celebrates it to this day.

The idea first gained some national attention in 1940 with the release Preston Sturges’ Christmas in July. Despite the title, the movie doesn’t feature an actual Christmas celebration, but instead is about a man who mistakenly believes he won $25,000 in a contest and then goes on a Christmas-like shopping spree, buying gifts for his family and friends.

A handful of other local celebrations took place in the 1940s. By 1950, advertisers in America had taken hold of the idea and were using it as a summertime marketing tool. The idea has grown from there, so that now you have networks showing Christmas movies and specials, people decorating their houses, and podcasters creating special episodes. However you choose to observe it, it’s a fun way to divert your attention from the summer heat.

In this episode, I feature ten Christmas songs from ten different artists, each with a summery or tropical feel, or a direct mention of summer. I would include links to where you can buy them, but none of them are available new or streaming in the US. I’ve included the songs, artists and albums below. You can find some of them on Amazon, although you’ll likely have to pay quite a bit to get them.

1. Halcali – Strawberry Chips (Sutoroberīchippusu / ストロベリーチップス), from their 2003 single, Strawberry Chips

2. Akiko Kobayashi – Midsummer Silent Night (Manatsu No Silent Night / 真夏のsilent Night), from the 1989 album, Merry Christmas To You, by Funhouse Ladies Vocal.

3. Yuki Uchida – Tight T-Shirt (Tīshatsu De Gyutto / Tシャツでギュッと), from her 1995 album, Merry Christmas For You.

4. Ginji Ito – Santa Claus In A Red Bikini (Makkana Bikini No Santakurōsu / まっ赤なビキニのサンタクロース), from his 1982 album, Baby Blue.

5. Junko Yamamoto – St. Martin’s Summer (Sento Māchin No Natsu / セント・マーチンの夏), from her 1994 album, Junko Yamamoto.

6. Eri Hiramatsu – Holy! Hot Christmas ~Eve No Toubousha~, From her 1993 album, Ichiya Ichidai Ni Yumemikei.

7. MAX – Midsummer Eve (Manatsu No Eve / 真夏のイヴ), from their 2001 album, Feel So Right.

8. Mutant Monster Beach Party – Boys, Cars, Surf And Christmas, from the 1993 CD re-release of the 1987 classic, Mint Sound’s X’mas Album.

9. Kuwata Band – Merry X’mas In Summer, from their 1986 single, Merry X’mas in Summer. One thing I need to point out about this song is that, in the episode, I said it was originally by Teresa Teng. This was based on multiple sources I found beforehand that listed her as the lyricist and referred to her cover as the original. As it turns out, Keisuke Kuwata wrote the song and Kuwata Band was the first to perform it. Teresa Teng wrote the Chinese lyrics and released it on her album, Drunken Tango, later that same year.

10. Hi-Fi Set – Christmas In July (7 Tsuki No Kurisumasu / 7月のクリスマス), from their 1984 album, Pasadena Park.

As mentioned in the show, here’s the link to Robbie Nevil’s version of Merry X’mas in Summer, as well as a link to Halcali’s video for Strawberry Chips:

Robbie Nevil’s “Merry Christmas In Summer”

Halcali’s “Strawberry Chips”

As always, thanks for listening. Next month, I’ll be talking about the 2014 compilation, Flying Dog Christmas. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or recommendations, feel free to send them my way.

Any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If you’d like to recommend an album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

Remember, I’ve added a button to my Ko-fi page. If you’d like to support me one cup of coffee at a time, a donation is only $3. Any donations received will be put towards purchasing new Japanese Christmas music to review for future episodes. Thanks!

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Author: Holly Jolly X’masu
Title: Episode 6 – Christmas In July
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Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

Hear all about the Island of Misfit Toys, Frosty the Snowman and more! In this episode, Rikki speaks with Rick Goldschimdt, the expert on Rankin Bass.  This American production company is known for its seasonal television specials, particularly its work in stop motion animation.

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Author: Rikki Meece and Mary Richards, Christmas Podcasters

Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #29

Can't Wait for Christmas Podcast
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CWFC 069 – 5th Anniversary Listener Special

On this episode, we’re celebrating our 5th anniversary with a listener special featuring actual listeners. Not emails, not comments…but actual bona fide listeners dropped by the Christmas Cave for a conversation about Christmas desires, Christmas movies, Christmas songs, the joy of giving, and more. We’ve also got the next chapter in our made for podcast Christmas movie, “A Bomb For Christmas.”

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00:00 – 01:39 Intro
01:39 – 15:44 A Bomb For Christmas (Act 3)
15:44 – 18:04 5 Golden Things (Listener Special Edition)
18:04 – 23:06 Something You’ve Never Done For Christmas
23:06 – 30:03 Christmas Movie You Watch When You’re Alone
30:03 – 37:31 First Christmas Song of the Season
37:31 – 44:47 Best Present You Ever Gave
44:47 – 52:58 Shout Outs
52:58 – 1:03:44 Future Show Ideas
1:03:44 – 1:06:52 Wrap Up
1:06:52 – 1:09:45 Outtakes

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” United States Marine Band
“Jingle Bells” Performed by Kristen Nowicki

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas, The House of Leaves & Hitman by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips™

It’s A 90’s Christmas Podcast

Season’s Eatings podcast

Maryland Farm & Holiday Special


Tim on Totally Rad Christmas

Tim’s Archived Chat on My Merry Christmas’ Forums

Listen to to the Rebroadcast of “Tracking Santa” on Kringle Radio (July 23-25)

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Author: Tim Babb
Title: CWFC 069 – 5th Anniversary Listener Special

Christmas Podding

Liam and Ness have just celebrated Christmas in July with a HUGE Party and it was AMAZING. Hear their tips on how you can still celebrate before July ends and WHY YOU MUST.

We uncover the number one reason we won’t be sharing Christmas at relatives houses this year, and the reason is very valid, and totally fickle.’

We unpack a new Term “Fake Joy” and ask if it;s OK to be unhappy this Christmas or should we FAKE it just for one day


Is organised fun a good a bad idea, Do we have to Partake in a day of lame games and activities just because its Christmas.

Join Liam and Ness as they talk all things Christmas all year long.

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Author: Liam Renton
Title: Christmas Podding -Fake Joy Should we Pretend to Be happy at Christmas even when We Are Not
Christmas Podding

Advent Calendar House

We end our countdown to Christmas in July by badly dancing back to 1989 to celebrate the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season in “Garfield’s Thanksgiving,” the clear bronze medalist of Garfield’s holiday trilogy, thanks to Jon Arbuckle going from goofy pet owner to gaslighting, mansplaining, hopelessly inept creep.

On This Episode

  1. Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), 10 minutes into a diet and have already lost his sense of humor.
  2. Jeff Somogyi (@sommerjam), a motivational electronic talking scale that’s also a film enthusiast, from Talkin’ Chopp.

Topics and Tangents

  1. Orson the Pig from “U.S. Acres” makes a cameo in Liz’s waiting room.
  2. The dumbest things we’ve done to get a date pale in comparison to Jon holding his breath until Liz concedes to going out with him. Hey, y’all, don’t do that. Please.
  3. Pat Carroll is back as Grandma in her 2nd greatest vocal performance of November 1989.
  4. Julie Payne (Liz) was also briefly the voice of another cartoon doctor, Janice N!Godatu, from the other animated segment of “The Tracey Ullman Show.”
  5. A brief history of sock garters.
  6. This special confirms Jon can’t hear Garfield speaking, but somehow Garfield’s computerized scale with the fat-shaming jokes can hear him.
  7. The best of Calvin’s dad from “Calvin and Hobbes,” in example.
  8. Grandma Arbuckle’s Sweet Potatoes, as prepared by Dinosaur Dracula.
  9. Cranberry sauce tastes better when it’s shaped like the inside of a can.
  10. Desirée Goyette, the female singing voice in Garfield’s specials and also the voice of Nermal, also sang the title theme to “It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.”

Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned

“Garfield’s Thanksgiving” © 1989 United Feature Syndicate, Inc./Anderson Digital.

Commercial Break: Garfield Alpo Cat Food Commercial, 1989.

The Advent Calendar House is on the web at adventcalendar.house, on Twitter @adventcalhouse, and part of the Christmas Podcast Network.

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Title: Garfield’s Thanksgiving

Christmas Time in the City
Happy Christmas in July! There’s no better way to celebrate than by talking about the history of Christmas in New York City and how it has impacted Christmas traditions all over the world. In this episode, Chris and Kris talk about the history of modern day Santa Claus, the origin of the most well-known Christmas poem of all time and much more. They recap NYC’s 4th of July fireworks celebration, talk about Coney Island and the annual hotdog eating competition. A new segment is introduced called, “Christmas Confessional” and Chris calls out Kris on a “noggy” little secret. Stay safe everyone!

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Author: Chris & Kris
Title: A Brief History of Christmas in New York City

In this special edition of the Merry Little Podcast we get a little personal.

We often get asked about the Merry Forums and what makes it so special. This episode gives you a look into that world.

Added in 2004, the Merry Forums has been a gathering place for people online to celebrate Christmas together. In this episode one member of our forum family, BallCoach is what he goes by, asked if part of Christmas in July he could include a few personal conversations between him and other forum members.

That’s clue #1 about the Christmas community online. Folks are always stepping up — always contributing in creative ways.

I didn’t have a thing to do with this at all — other than putting it up here. In this conversation BallCoach talks with BradMac, a man we affectionately have dubbed Da Mayor of MyMerryChristmas.

What you are going to hear is pure Christmas between two guys who have known each other for years yet have never met in person.

It’s all Christmas. I guarantee you’ll smile, you’ll laugh — you may even shed a tear as they do what everyone on the Merry Forums does best: they share Christmas.

Thanks to BallCoach and BradMac for sharing this with us. This is the first in what we hope are several conversations that BallCoach has for Christmas in July.

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Author: Merry Podcaster
Title: Christmas Community Online Part 1

Totally Rad Christmas

What’s up, dudes? This week Anthony Caruso from ‘Tis the Podcast and I talk the Run DMC classic “Christmas in Hollis”! We get into all of it: lascivious Santa samples, lyrical eggs, synthesized breakdowns, etc.. Don’t forget to check out Gag Me with a Spoon and vote for your favorite! Laters! 

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Author: Gerry D
Title: Ep 18 – Christmas in Hollis (w/ Anthony Caruso)

Advent Calendar House

S-s-season’s greetings-s-s! You better watch out, because today we’re kindly rewinding back to a 1985 Christmas episode of “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” entitled “Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town!”

On This Episode

  1. Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), rambunctious Navy SEAL looking for a meaningful relationship with a large slab of frozen meat.
  2. Joey O. (@ImGonnaDJ24), 50-foot-tall wise cracking parrot from Y-Not Radio and Words With Nerds.

Topics and Tangents

  1. We don’t even get 4 minutes into this without talking about the U.S.S. Flagg.
  2. Crossfire comes up for no reason.
  3. A brief history of the G.I. Joe toy line, from “America’s Movable Fighting Man” to the Adventure Team, to “A Real American Hero.”
  4. The Toys That Made Us” on Netflix.
  5. The “opening monologue that explains the show” has nothing on Voltron’s.
  6. Neil Ross (Shipwreck, Dusty, and Buzzer in this episode) has an audio camero in “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “I Can’t Watch This.”
  7. Joey’s interviews with Pat Fraley (Wild Weasel), Gregg Berger (Firefly), Michael Bell (Duke, Blowtorch, Major Bludd), and Rob Paulsen (Tripwire, in Paulsen’s earliest known voice credit).
  8. The Viper is Coming” is both our favorite “G.I. Joe” episode and my dad’s favorite dad joke.
  9. King Koopa’s Kool Kartoons,” starring Christopher Collins (Chris Latta), the voice of Cobra Commander.
  10. We try and find Keystone City, which may or may not be somewhere in eastern Pennsylvania.
  11. The titular Cobra CLAW (Covert Light Aerial Weapon), an odd name for a Cobra vehicle, because snakes don’t have claws.
  12. The Definitive Ranking of all 25 Fensler G.I. Joe Parodies, by DailyDot.

Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned

“G.I. Joe” and “Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town” © 1985 Hasbro Inc.

Commercial Break: William “The Refrigerator” Perry G.I. Joe Action Figure, 1987.

The Advent Calendar House is on the web at adventcalendar.house, on Twitter @adventcalhouse, and part of the Christmas Podcast Network.

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Title: G.I. Joe: Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town

Tis the Podcast

Happy Friday, everybody! And Happy Christmas Eve in July! We’ve made it through another long week!

To celebrate this festive summer holiday, Patrons of our show can now enjoy this bonus episode in which Anthony welcomes back April Ryley to talk all things “Christmas in New York”!

Listen as they discuss the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Ice Rink, FAO Schwarz, Macy’s Herald Square’s Santa Land and famous Christmas Windows, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Rockettes, Central Park, The Bryant Park Winter Village, and much more including what to do if you’re a limited time table, what to skip, where to stay, and how much to bring on your trip! Also featured in this episode: an interesting discussion about religion, and the relationships that April has with Judaism and Anthony has with Christianity; April’s love of “A Christmas Story” and “Arthur Christmas”; plenty of “That’s What She Said!” jokes; and much, much more.

So settle in with your favorite holiday drink, blast that air conditioning, enjoy this extraordinarily festive, fun, and hilarious episode, and have a very happy Christmas Eve in July! Special thanks to April Ryley for sitting and talking for about two-hours-and-forty-five-minutes! (Yes, there was an hour of content on top of this extra-long episode that ended up on the cutting room floor!)

And for those of you who aren’t patrons yet, but want to look into getting this bonus episode, other bonus episodes, Christmas cards, stickers, and other goodies, head on over to https://www.Patreon.com/TisThePodcast and consider subscribing! And if you want even more Tis the Podcast goodies, including hoodies, buttons, mugs, t-shirts, and Christmas ornaments, check out our new online store at http://shop.tisthepodcast.com/ !

As always, thanks for all of your love and support, everybody! 🎅🏻 🎄 🎁 🦌⛄️ 🤶🏻 🎀 ❄️

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Author: Anthony
Title: Episode 25: Christmas in July Featuring the Return of April Ryley! – Talking Christmas In New York!

Advent Calendar House

On another Scrooge Sunday edition of the Advent Calendar House, we fly back in time to 1978 to revisit Rankin/Bass’s turn at “A Christmas Carol,” “The Stingiest Man in Town.”

On This Episode

  1. Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), your ghost host of Christmases Past and Present.
  2. Michael DiGiovanni (@theatomicgeeks), the scariest door knocker in all of Scroogedom, from the Classic Film Jerks, Pop Culture Retrofit, and The Atomic Geeks podcasts.
  3. Michael May (@michaelmaycomix), hobo insect taking a break from rockin’ and rollin’ all week long, from his Adventure Blog and the Sleigh Bell Cinema, Mystery Movie Night, and AfterLUNCH podcasts.

Topics and Tangents

  1. This is specifically an adaptation of a 1956 production on “The Alcoa Hour,” starring Basil Rathbone as Scrooge. Rankin/Bass uses most of the songs from that special.
  2. The original “Stingiest Man in Town” on Sleigh Bell Cinema.
  3. Michael May’s annual coverage of scenes from this and other “Christmas Carol” adaptations.
  4. Sonny Melendrez (Bob Cratchit) in “You and Me, Kid.”
  5. This has my all-time favorite, super creepy version of Marley’s face appearing on Scrooge’s door knocker.
  6. This special gets older Belle completely wrong.
  7. Tiny Tim has skinny robot legs.
  8. The eldest Cratchit sibling, Martha, is Debbie Clinger of the Clinger Sisters, a.k.a. Superchick from the “Krofft Supershow” host band Kaptain Kool and the Kongs.
  9. Rankin/Bass should have made a south seas-themed special called “Christmas Island.”
  10. Scrooge’s grave morphing into a giant devil face is a reminder in hindsight that this special was animated in Japan by Topcraft, the predecessor to Studio Ghibli.

Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned

“The Stingiest Man in Town” © 1978 Rankin/Bass Productions.

Commercial Break: Glad Trash Bags Commercial starring Tom Bosley, 1981.

The Advent Calendar House is on the web at adventcalendar.house, on Twitter @adventcalhouse, and part of the Christmas Podcast Network.

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Title: The Stingiest Man in Town

A Cozy Christmas

In this first episode, I introduce myself and give you a general idea of what the podcast will be about.

Then my daughter and I answer those Very Important Christmas Questions, like: What’s your favorite Christmas movie? We also have a mild disagreement as to when it’s OK to start listening to Christmas music.

I also talk briefly about my favorite Christmas story, and give some shout outs to several podcasts that helped inspire me to make my own. 

Deck the Halls by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100263 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

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Merry Little Podcast
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The Victorian Christmas, Part 1

Queen Victoria and Prince AlbertThe Victorian Christmas is one of curiosity for a lot of people today. It is a time in Christmas history with a very long reach. It influences today in everything from music to decorating in the modern Christmas.

But what exactly is the Victorian Christmas?

It is a time so big in Christmas history that we just can’t get it all into this episode. This is part one.

In this episode we explore how Christmas in Germany of the 18th century gave rise to Christmas in the Victorian Era. And yes, we take a long gander at Queen Victoria. The Queen, along with contemporary Charles Dickens, gets a lot of credit for the craze of the 19th century Christmas.

We have to myth-bust that a bit. Yes, Victoria deserves some credit for popularizing things like Christmas trees and Christmas cards.

But the truth is that as a child the young Princess Victoria enjoyed a royal Christmas. And so much of what she experienced before she became Queen carried over to when she raised her children under the spot light royalty.

It should be noted more for what the Victorian Christmas did NOT do for Christmas that many people think that it did. It did NOT give us Christmas trees. It did not give us Christmas greetings. It did not all of a sudden cause Christmas to be celebrated around the world.

What it did do is pour gasoline on the secular celebration of Christmas. Christmas accelerated in style and influence during the Victorian Era and that’s the story.

It’s too big of a story to tell in just one episode.

In putting this together we would point you to some past episodes where we have talked about elements of the Victorian Christmas:

Giving Dickens the Dickens
Celebrating 200 Years of Silent Night
The Wildly Popular Custom of Christmas Greetings
The Deeper Meaning of Christmas Ornaments
The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

We would point you to the following features at MyMerryChristmas.com, too:
A Christmas Story of 1887
Mourning Dickens and Recognizing Christmas
A Prediction of Christmas Future from 1896
Santa Claus of the 19th Century
A Christmas Social Media Post from 1818
The Ghost Story of Mistletoe

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Author: Merry Podcaster
Title: The Victorian Christmas, Part 1

Advent Calendar House

Sail back to 1981 with us as we dig up Rankin/Bass’s penultimate and possibly most obscure stop-motion Christmas special ever, “The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold,” which may or may not only exist because they had the rights to “Christmas in Killarney” and needed someplace to put it.

On This Episode

  1. Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), tiny but prolific cobbler who only makes shoes in primary colors.
  2. Michael DiGiovanni (@theatomicgeeks), who insists on hiding his life savings in a magic cave, from the Classic Film Jerks, Pop Culture Retrofit, and the Atomic Geeks podcasts.
  3. Michael May (@michaelmaycomix), the Lord of the Leprechauns, of his Adventure Blog and the Sleigh Bell Cinema, Mystery Movie Night, and AfterLUNCH podcasts.

Topics and Tangents

  1. Ken Jennings (the voice of Dinty Doyle, not the “Jeopardy!” guy) in the short-lived Epcot Center attraction, “The Astuter Computer Revue.”
  2. Mag the Hag’s entrance reminds me of Rita Repulsa in the opening of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”
  3. Blarney Kilakilarney and his wife are a poster Irish couple and the reason everyone’s advice at your wedding is: “Never go to bed angry.”
  4. This special keeps adding new rules about how both banshees and rainbows work, like they’re Mogwai.
  5. The Leprechauns’ “phantom island of Tralee” shares a name with an actual mainland town in Ireland, but is closer to Dursey Island, population (as of 2016): 4.
  6. The only thing many remember about this special is its Nightmare Face reveal that a beautiful woman Dinty finds washed ashore is the banshee in disguise.
  7. According to the Christmas Specials Wiki, Arthur Rankin said a promotion was planned involving prizes buried in random places around the United States for children to dig up, but was abandoned for safety concerns.
  8. Jack O’Lantern,” from Rankin/Bass’s “Festival of Family Classics” TV series, featuring a leprechaun disguised as a pumpkin.

Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned

“The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold” © 1981 Rankin/Bass Productions.

Commercial Break: “Gremlins” Gizmo Plush Pet, 1984.

The Advent Calendar House is on the web at adventcalendar.house, on Twitter @adventcalhouse, and part of the Christmas Podcast Network.

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Title: The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold

Merry Britsmas

In the 6th episode of Merry Britsmas, for Christmas in July, get ready to learn something about Christmas in the Tudor era, listen to a non-Christmassy Christmas song from a bunch of Scousers (Liverpool-citizens for non Brits!), & the first modern timey-wimey Xmas with Dr Who!

Background Music: Wish by Kevin MacLeod

The Power of Love cover

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Author: Merry Britsmas
Title: Merry Britsmas Episode 6: A Timey Wimey Christmas

Merry Britsmas

Christmas Clatter

In this episode, A Christmas Story is Recast/Miscast and Todd shares a Christmas memory on why burgundy is important to his family.

Christmas Clatter Podcast

That’s 4 Entertainment 

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Author: Todd Killian
Title: Burgundy Again

Advent Calendar House

Hey, paisanos! We warp back to 1989 for a double dose of Christmas segments from “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show” — the live-action “Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush,” featuring Santa losing his “transportation” in Brooklyn; and the animated “Koopa Klaus,” featuring a plot to… freeze the North Pole.

On This Episode

  1. Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), tiny selfish mushroom baby.
  2. Adam Pope (@hojukoolander), another fun guy, fresh out of Retro Detention, from Retro-Daze and The Retro Network.

Topics and Tangents

  1. Nintendo Power’s Preview of “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show,” as tweeted by Adam, and preserved on the Internet Archive (for now) (it’s on page 93).
  2. I didn’t realize till recently the music in the “Back to the Future” Nintendo game is a sped up version of “The Power of Love.”
  3. King Koopa’s Kool Kartoons,” a live-in-studio spinoff show local to Los Angeles and hosted by King Koopa, performed at one point by Christopher Collins, the voice of Cobra Commander.
  4. Captain Lou Albano’s Wrestling Hotline 1-900 number.
  5. We map out where Mario and Luigi lived in Brooklyn.
  6. Stunt Dawgs,” an obscure 1992 cartoon featuring Harvey Atkin playing another character with the same King Koopa voice.
  7. A brief discussion on the term “teeter-totter,” used by Mario here, versus “see-saw.”
  8. How tall is Mario? Captain Lou was 5-foot-10, though other sources range from 5-foot-1 to 3-foot-8.
  9. Preview of Super Nintendo World, coming to Universal theme parks.
  10. Finally, I get to talk at length about The Legend of Zelda!
  11. Adam’s SequelQuest episode on the “Super Mario Bros.” movie, featuring a parody of the Super Show theme song.

Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned

“The Super Mario Bros. Super Show,” “Koopa Klaus,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush” © 1989 DiC Entertainment.
“Super Mario Bros.” © Nintendo Co. Ltd.

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