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.

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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 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 !

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, 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 ( Source: Artist:

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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, 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, 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

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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.

Commercial Break:

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

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Title: Super Mario Bros. Super Show: Koopa Klaus / Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush

Seasons Eatings

Join host, Glen Warren, as we explore the history and origins of the Yule log, or buche de Noel.  

Total Christmas

It’s Episode 8 of The Total Christmas Podcast, and the emails have been flooding in, all 2 of them.

We have a professional celebrity chef who is going to give us their secret recipe for the perfect Christmas pudding, and then they sing us a song.

This episode’s version of a Christmas Carol is the 1939 radio play, with Orson Welles narrating and Lionel Barrymore as Ebeneezer Scrooge.  If you want to have a listen here’s a link:

In Christmas All Over The World we take a trip up to the far North and look into Christmas in Iceland, and we learn about the Yule Lads.  Plus there’s a quiz, can you tell the difference between a Yule Lad and a Yule Bad?

So there’s all that, and we introduce you to The Total Christmas Drinking game, an exciting way to actually gain some joy from listening to this drivel.

This week’s recommendation is Librivox, a fantastic website where you can listen to free audiobooks that are in the public domain.  There are over 13,000 books to choose from and you don’t have to sign up, you can just go on the site and download a book, it’s all free.  Here’s the link:

If you want to get in touch or get involved, you can contact us by facebook, email or go to the website,

Merry Christmas

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 8 – The Yule Lads
Total Christmas

Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

The Hallmark brand is famous for greeting cards, keepsake ornaments, movies, and so much more. Holidays would not be the same without it!  This episode features a conversation with Samantha Bradbeer, company archivist and historian for Hallmark. She takes us through the long history of this incredible company. And it starts more than 110 years ago.

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Author: Rikki Meece and Mary Richards, Christmas Podcasters

Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #28

Merry Little Podcast

Tinker Toys for Christmas 1920Christmas 1920 was a transformative time. The war was over and the deadly pandemic had subsided. Life could finally return to normal.

In this merry episode we take a long look at this epic Christmas of Tinker Toys, Prohibition, Lincoln Logs, Raggedy Ann, and getting a new car for Christmas.

We also discuss a bit about researching Christmas and the value of having newspaper records now available.

This look back at Christmas history also includes a tangent about Christmas of 1870 when Congress declared Christmas a national holiday. While we found little in the news archives that talked about that event we did find plenty of 150-year old Christmas opinion that we want to share.

Also discussed is the 19th century fad of mistletoe. First a poem and later a very popular song known as the Mistletoe Bough is explored. It is a ghost story of Christmas most people do not know about.

And finally we explore the tradition of Thanksgiving Day parades, which began in 1920, but not with Macy’s in New York City. That leads as well to a discussion of stores in 1920 — and their connection to stories in 2020.

This is a fascinating trip down Christmas memory lane.

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Author: Merry Podcaster
Title: Christmas 1920: One Hundred Years Ago

Tis the Podcast

This week, the elves cover the Christmas episodes of the family-comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond! While Anthony is a huge fan, and believes that it’s an accurate description of family life in a New York Italian family, Thom and Julia haven’t really seen it before and this is a first time seeing multiple episodes for both of them. Do they think there’s a good amount of holiday cheer in here to make these episodes worthwhile, or do they feel the show is outdated and a bit cold to the point where even Christmas can’t salvage it? In addition, a ton of listener feedback is discussed and a new question of the week is posed! This is one fun episode you want to be sure not to miss, so settle back and enjoy! Also, remember that between now and next Monday’s episode, our Christmas in July episode will be dropping on Saturday, July 25th, and for Patrons of the show, a conversation between Anthony and April Ryley about Christmas in New York will be dropping the day before on Friday, July 24th, so make sure to keep an eye out!

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Author: Anthony
Title: Episode 155: You’re A Trophy Wife? What Contest In Hell Did I Win?

Christmas Clatter

On this episode of Christmas Clatter Todd has a great Christmas Conversation with Thom Crowe from Tis The Podcast.

Tis The Podcast

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Author: Todd Killian
Title: Typecast As A Wise Guy

Tinsel Tunes

This month we go dark and look at the 20017 album “from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)” from ex Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.

We also have a short listen to three obscure songs bought to us from a listener.

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Author: DuaneBailey
Title: S2E12 – Tarja Turunen – Album from Spirits and Ghosts
Tinsel Tunes Podcast

Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

We are celebrating our one year anniversary! It was in July 2019 we got this labor of love off the ground, and talked about Christmas in July. This episode includes a conversation with Jeff Westorver about Christmas in July 2020. He runs

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Author: Rikki Meece and Mary Richards, Christmas Podcasters

Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #27