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Total Christmas

Merry Christmas you beautiful people.

It’s a packed show and we start off with with our exciting new quiz Santa Banter.  I describe a situation and you have to work out the rhyme.  I bought it at the car boot sale and I’m testing it on you lucky people…  probably only this once.

Next up is Bob Baker with Do You Hear What I Hear and he’s look at ‘pants’.  Bob’s done the research and it’s pretty darn interesting.

Then we take a look at Cozy Little Christmas by Katy Perry. It was a question in last week’s quiz, and I thought I’d never heard of it, turns out I had and it’s not as obscure as I thought.  Plus the video is fun.
Have a watch here:

After that it’s this episode’s version of A Christmas Carol and it is not very good at all.  It’s called “Mrs Scrooge, A Christmas Poem” by Carol Ann Duffy, and it’s a modern take on the legend telling us what happened to Scrooge’s widow.
I read it so you don’t have to.

Then Bob is back with Spread A Smile Of Joy and it was suggested by yours truly.  Why not tidy up your local area with a bit of litter picking, you’ll feel great and your neighbours will be pleased as well.
Check out Bob’s pod here:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

Last week we looked at the history of Christmas trees, this week we’re looking at the history of one particular tree, perhaps the world’s most famous Christmas tree, the one at the Rockefeller centre.

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Merry Christmas!

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 111 – Santa Banter: A New Christmas Quiz
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Total Christmas

Hello you beautiful people.

The show begins with a short history of the Christmas tree.  I know it’s been covered by other podcasts, but hopefully you’ll learn a few things you didn’t know.

Then Bob Baker, our self-appointed podcast barman, looks at the meaning of the word Fanny.  Yes, I know, but he’s doing it anyway.

Then we look at Christmas Tree Farm by Taylor Swift.  It’s a fantastic song, but alas it’s not made it into the pantheon of Christmas classics.

Next up Bob returns with Spread A Smile of Joy and it’s been suggested by yours truly.  Why not paint some stones up and leave them around your neighbourhood.
Check out Bob’s podcast, Festive Foreign Film Fans, here:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

Then it’s the quiz.  I scored 7, see if you can do better.

This episode’s recommendation is Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble.  I think you’ll enjoy it.
Here’s a link:
https://www.offmenupodcast.co.uk/

Get in touch.
Email: totalchristmas@gmail.com
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Merry Christmas!

Listen to this episode of Total Christmas Podcast
Author: Jack
Title: Episode 110 – Christmas Trees
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Total Christmas

I recorded this episode in my pants….     nice.

First up it’s the quiz, I scored 8, see how you can do.

Next up it’s Spread a Smile of Joy with Bob Baker, our resident barman, why not spend some time with rescue animals.

Then we have another 4 songs that Bob claims are popular in the US, but no one seems to agree with him.
Here’s the 4 songs:
Season of a Lifetime – Plain White Ts
Man in the Santa Suit – Fountain of Wayne
Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers
Christmas Eve/Sarajevo – Trans Siberian Orchestra:

Then Bob returns with Do You Hear What I Hear? and he’s having a chinwag about the term ‘Chinwag’.
Have a listen to Bob’s podcast:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

Then Adam Parker from The Merry Britsmas Podcast shares his story of how he found out the truth about Santa, or as he and I would say, Father Christmas.
Check out Merry Britsmas here:
https://merrybritsmas.podbean.com/

This episode’s version of A Christmas Carol is by Pipe Dreams Theatre and it’s an epic audio production.  They call it Three Ghosts and it’s very good despite the fact they have made some interesting changes to the story.
Check it out here:
https://www.pipedreamtheatre.com/three-ghosts-cast

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Merry Christmas!

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 109 – A Quiz, A Carol, Christmas Songs and Pants
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Total Christmas

Merry Christmas!
First up we have this episode’s version of A Christmas Carol and it’s a short one by the Scottish Falseto Sock Puppet Theatre.
It’s very funny and worth a look:

Then it’s Do You Hear What I Hear and Bob Baker is looking at the term “quid”.

Next up is The Quiz, I scored 9.
Beat that.

Then Bob returns with Smile of Joy.
Listen to Bob’s podcast, Festive Foreign Film Fans, it’s great:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com

Bob has also sent me a bunch of Christmas songs that get airplay in the states, but had this British boy heard them?

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Merry Christmas.

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 108 – American Christmas Songs
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Total Christmas

It’s another episode and you’re great.
First up we have the quiz, and Adam, the host of Merry Britsmas Podcast has a go. He scored 9, I only scored 7, see how you get on.
Check out Adam’s Podcast here:
merrybritsmas.podbean.com

Then Bob Baker is here with Do You Hear What I Hear and he discusses the word Sod.
Usually his research is top rate, but this time he makes a bit of an error.  We still love him though.

Then I have a Christmas Book Review.  It’s a short story called Job Warner’s Christmas and it’s by Alger Horatio.  It’s a delightful little story and I think you’ll like it.
Have a read here:
ulib.niu.edu/rarebooks/Alger/DigRepos/jobwarner.html

This episode’s Christmas All Over The World is the legend of The Devil’s Knell from Yorkshire, here in the UK.  It’s a great story.

Next up Bob Baker is back with Spread A Smile of Joy. A lot of people give to charity at Christmas, but maybe think about doing it throughout the year.
Check out Bob’s great podcast, Festive Foreign Film Fans, here:
4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com

This episode’s version of A Christmas Carol is another pupper one, this time all the puppets and props are made of cardboard.  It’s a charming affair so give it a look:

This episode’s recommendation is Librivox.  They have hundreds of free audiobooks that are all in the public domain.
Check it out:
Librivox.org

Get in touch…
Email:  totalchristmas@gmail.com
Website:  totalchristmaspodcast.com

Merry Christmas!

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Title:

Episode 107 – Adam’s Christmas Quiz

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Total Christmas

Hello you beautiful people!

It’s episode 106 and we’re not messing around, we get straight into it with a Marionette Christmas Carol by Puppets by Arlee.  It is what it says it is, a Christmas Carol using marionettes.
It’s only 13 minutes long and you can watch it here:

Next up it’s Do You Hear What I Hear and Bob Baker looks into the word “Knackers”. What does it mean and where is it from?

Then it’s time for The Quiz.  I scored 8 out of 10, beat that.

After that Bob is back with Spread A Smile of Joy, and thanks to our listener Timothy Lewis, we have another way to spread a bit of joy.
Check out Bob’s podcast here:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

Then we have the final part of our interview with Adam Parker from Merry Britsmas and we talk some more about Christmas in the UK.  This time we chat about midnight mass, Britsh Christmas music, Santa and other stuff.
Have a listen to the brilliant Merry Britsmas here:
https://merrybritsmas.podbean.com/

Get in touch…
Email:  totalchristmas@gmail.com
Website: totalchristmaspodcast.com

Merry Christmas

Listen to this episode of Total Christmas Podcast
Author: Jack
Title: Episode 106 – A Marionette Christmas Carol
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Total Christmas

Merry Christmas you beautiful people.

It’s a brand new episode and wouldn’t you know it, I’ve had some emails, Hooray!

We start the show with Smile of Joy and Bob Baker gives us another idea for how we can spread a little happiness.

Then we have the Christmas Quiz.  I scored a massive 7 points, see if you can do any better.

Next up Bob is back with Do You Hear What I Hear? and he’s looking at what it means to use the word ‘banger’.
Check out Bob’s podcast Festive Foreign Film Fans here:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

After the Christmas Joke we have What The Dickens? and I take a look at that most beloved of all characters Tiny Tim.

Then it’s the second part of my interview with Adam Parker from the Merry Britsmas podcast.  We’re continuing our discussion about Christmas in the UK and this episode  we talk about Christmas TV and films.
Have a listen to Merry Britsmas here:
https://merrybritsmas.podbean.com/

This episode’s recommendation is the audiobook of the late Norm MacDonald’s autobiography.  It’s called Based on a True Story and is mainly untrue, but very funny.

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Email: totalchristmas@gmail.com
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Merry Christmas!

Listen to this episode of Total Christmas Podcast
Author: Jack
Title: Episode 105 – More Christmas in the UK
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Total Christmas

Hello you beautiful people!

It’s a packed show and to begin our resident barman Bob Baker combined St Patrick’s Day and Christmas to discuss the British word ‘bloke’ in Do You Hear What I Hear.

Then it’s The Quiz,  I do pretty well this time, so see if you can beat me.

After the joke I discuss the version of A Christmas Carol that I saw at the theatre this year.  It was a youth production and they’d added a modern twist.

The it’s Spread A Smile Of Joy and Bob Baker talks about how you can make doing good deeds a family event.
Check out Bob’s pod, Festive Foreign Film Fans, here:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

Then as part of Christmas All Over The World I speak to Adam Parker the host of Merry Britsmas Podcast.  We had a very long chat and this is part one where we talk about Christmas Eve, opening presents and Christmas food.

This episode’s recommendation is of course Merry Britsmas.
Check it out:
https://merrybritsmas.podbean.com/

Get in touch:

Email:  totalchristmas@gmail.com
Website: totalchristmaspodcast.com

Merry Christmas!

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 104 – A Very British Christmas
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Total Christmas

Welcome to the episode.
First up our podcast barman Bob Baker looks at the dichotomy of how is Brits use the word ‘chuffed’ in Do You Hear What I Hear.

This episode we look at the Ducktales episode Last Christmas from season 2 of the reboot in 2018.  It’s not really a version of a Christmas Carol but it does feature the 3 ghosts and let me tell you in no uncertain terms it is crap.

Then it’s the quiz.  I scored 8, let me know how you got on.

Then Bob returns with Spread A Smile Of Joy and this one was suggested to us from our Scandinavian American correspondent Benji Pearson.  It’s a good one.

After that it’s Christmas All Over The World and did you know that Saint Nicholas isn’t the only saint who goes around giving gifts at Christmas.  In Greece they have Saint Basil.  He’s no Santa, but it he gets the job done.

This episode’s recommendation was suggested last week by Bob Baker and I had a listen and really enjoyed it.  It’s from Story Corps and they have lots of people sharing uplifting stories of when strangers have done nice things.
Have a listen:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/in-the-comments/id250500859?i=1000559427740

If you want to get in touch, what’s stopping you?

Email:  totalchristmas@gmail.com
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Merry Christmas.

Listen to this episode of Total Christmas Podcast
Author: Jack
Title: Episode 103 – Ducktales Christmas Carol
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Total Christmas

I’m here, you’re here, let’s get started…

We begin with the joke, which is a first, usually it’s in the middle of the show, so don’t let it disorientate you, and we follow it up with The Quiz.

Then Bob is here with Do You Hear What I Hear and he’s looking at why us Brits say Lift instead of Elevator (aside from the fact it saves us 3 syllables).

Next up is the return of What The Dickens, and I talk about why Scrooge is called Scrooge and Marley is called Marley, and also is it possible for the streets of London to be both frosty and foggy.

Then it’s a look at A New York Christmas to Remember.  This was a televised Christmas carol church service in which Regis Philbin read out the nativity story accompanied by a load of puppets created by Jim Henson’s workshop.  They’re not muppets, but it’s quite spellbinding.
You can watch it here:

After that, Bob is back with Spread A Smile of Joy, and this time he’s recommending you have a listen to The Story Corps Podcast season 8 which shares a load of stories about people doing nice deeds.
Here’s a link:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/in-the-comments/id250500859?i=1000559427740

Also check out Bob’s podcast, Festive Foreign Film Fans:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

Then it’s Christmas All Over The World and we look at the why it’s a tradition to take a walk among the tombstones on Christmas Eve in Finland.

This episode’s recommendation is Petty Crimes podcast, and it’s lots of fun.
Why not have a listen:
https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/petty-crimes/id1612693094

If you want to get in touch I’d love to hear from you.
Email: totalchristmas@gmail.com
Website: totalchristmaspodcast.com

Merry Christmas!

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 102 – A New York Christmas To Remember
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Total Christmas

Hello You Beautiful People.
It’s another packed show and we start with the British tradition of taking a swim in the sea on Christmas day.  Rather you than me.

Then Bob Baker discusses the origins of the lovely curse word Bugger, in Do You Hear What I Hear.

Next up is the Quiz.  I scored 8, see if you can beat that.

Then Bob is back with another delightul idea of spreading joy to your fellow man.
Check out Bob’s podcast here:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

This episode’s version of A Christmas Carol is A Christmas Carol The Musical starring Kelsey Grammar.  I really enjoyed it and you can watch it here:

The recommendation is the miniseries Artful Dodger which looks at the life of the Artful Dodger about 15 years after the events of the novel Oliver Twist.
Me and the wife enjoyed it so maybe give it a look.

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Merry Christmas!

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Title: Episode 101 – A Christmas Carol The Musical
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Total Christmas

Hello you beautiful people.

It’s a brand new year and the show is back.
First up it’s the quiz and it’s not easy, I scored a pitiful 5 and a half, see how much better you can do.

Then Bob Baker brings us Do You Hear What I Hear and he discusses the great English tradition of “whinging”.

This episode’s version of A Christmas Carol was suggested by listener Rob Davison.  It’s an episode of Chucklevision called A Christmas Chuckle.  It’s a very loose take on the story, but it has its moments.
You can watch it here:

Next up listener Alfred Perales shares how he broke the news to his son that ther is no Santa Claus.

Then Bob Baker starts his brand new segment Spread A Smile Of Joy.  This is a wonderful idea and it’s all about spreading goodwill to those around you.

If you want to get in touch we’d love to hear from you.

Email: totalchristmas@gmail.com
Web: totalchristmaspodcast.com

Merry Christmas.

Listen to this episode of Total Christmas Podcast
Author: Jack
Title: Episode 100 – New Year, New Segment
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Total Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve or Christmas Eve Eve depending on where you live.  Or it was Christmas if you’re listening to it later.

We start with a lovely story from Jimmy ‘Buffalo’ Hall, telling about his parents’ first Christmas tree as a married couple.

Then it’s the quiz and to help with the answers we have Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter podcast.
Check out his pod here:
https://www.christmasclatter.com/

Then I recite from memory, How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss.

Next up we have a song from Adam Kennedy’s comedy album.
To hear the whole album check it out here:
https://adamkennedy.bandcamp.com/album/literally-shrunk-down-and-living-in-my-christmas-village

And then there’s nothing left but to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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Listen to this episode of Total Christmas Podcast
Author: Jack
Title: Episode 99 – Merry Christmas
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Total Christmas

Hello you beautiful people.
It’s a jam packed episode filled with festive joy.

First up it’s Do You Hear What I Hear and Bob Baker talks about Father Christmas.  These days it’s just another name for Santa, but his origins are very different.

Then it’s Jack Ask and my self-appointed best friend Chris has a a question which isn’t a dilemma, but I answer it anyway.

We haven’t had a yule log for a while but we have one now.  This one is Fireplace for the Home Classic Edition on Netflix.  It’s an hour of a real fire, with a very exciting highlight.
Well worth a look.

Then it’s the quiz and to help answer the questions we have the return of Steven A McKay.  He’s written some great Christmas short stories and he has a podcast. We also play his Christmas song.
Check out his stuff here:
https://stevenamckay.com/

Then it’s another Jack Ask.  This one comes from Adam Parker from the Merry Britsmas Podcast.  Should he decorate his neighbours tree as a festive surprise?
Check out Merry Britsmas:
https://merrybritsmas.podbean.com/

Then it’s some adverts for my merch.  If you want a T-Shirt or similar with the show logo on it, you can buy one here:
https://merrybritsmas.podbean.com/

Also why not read my book.  It’s only for grown-ups but it might make you laugh:

Then we have the triumphant return of Shelli Arnold and Frank the Tank.  They give us a guided tour of their wonderful Christmas village.
I’ve posted pictures on Facebook, you really should have a gander.

This episode version of A Christmas Carol is an old time radio show from 1949. It’s an episode of Richard Diamond Private Detective and it’s alright I suppose.
Have a listen:
https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/crime/richard-diamond-private-detective/a-contemporary-christmas-carol-1949-12-24

Then we have another song from Adam Kennedy. This one is very funny.
Check out the full album here:
https://adamkennedy.bandcamp.com/album/literally-shrunk-down-and-living-in-my-christmas-village

Then Bob is back with Christmas Everyday.
If you want to have a listen to his show Festive Foreign Film Fans, here it is:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

Then Ed Daly is back to tell us the story of how he found out about Santa.
Check out Ed’s book, it’s great:

This episode I’m recommending I’m Not Complaining with Robin and Juno.
My two daughters, and possibly the world’s youngest podcasters, host a weekly show where they talk about their lives.
Have a listen:

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Website: totalchristmaspodcast.com

Merry Christmas

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 98 – The Christmas Village
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Total Christmas

Merry Christmas you beautiful people.

It’s another packed show, and we start off with a Jack Ask.  Travis wants to know what the perfect Christmas morning beverage is…  and I tell him.

Then we have a christian propeganda version of A Christmas Carol. It’s from 2001 and stars Dean Jones and it’s called Scrooge & Marley.
You can watch it here:

Next up is the Christmas joke and the less said about that the better.

Then we play another song from Adam Kennedy.  It’s possibly my favourite because I love the idea behind it.
Check out the full album here:
https://adamkennedy.bandcamp.com/album/literally-shrunk-down-and-living-in-my-christmas-village

Then we have an interview with historical fiction author Steven A McKay.  He’s written some brilliant Christmas stories featuring characters from the Robin Hood legend.
You can check out his work and also his podcast, Rock Paper Swords here:
https://stevenamckay.com/

Next up it’s the quiz and to give use the answers we have Duane and Scott from Tinsel Tunes.
Check out Tinsel Tunes here:

If you want to buy some of my merch you can do so here, all profits go to Save the Children:
https://www.teepublic.com/user/the-total-christmas-podstore

Get in touch:
Email:  totalchristmas@gmail.com
Website: totalchristmaspodcast.com

Merry Christmas

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 97 – A Quiz, a Carol and a Medieval Christmas
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Total Christmas

It’s a packed show for you boys and girls.

First up Bob Baker, our self-appointed podcast barman, looks at how us Brits use the word Diary.

Then it’s the quiz, and this episode trying his arm at the questions we have Adam Kennedy.  Adam has a comedy Christmas album that is well worth a listen so check it out here:
https://adamkennedy.bandcamp.com/album/literally-shrunk-down-and-living-in-my-christmas-village

Next up it’s Jack Ask and this time the question comes from our Scandinavian American correspondent Benji Pearson.

Then we have a joke from Benji.

After that we find out who won the ‘A Ghost Story for Christmas’ books by Biblioasis that we offered in the last episode.  Juno helps us pick the winner.
If you want to check them out, here’s a link:

and if you want to listen to Juno’s podcast check it out here:
anchor.fm/notcomplaining

Then Bob is back with Christmas Everyday with a wonderful tradition you can keep on your shelf and did into for a bit of Christmas nostalgia.
Have a listen to Bob’s podcast here:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

This episodes version of A Christmas Carol is an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and, despite it being one of the loosest versions I’ve seen, it’s brilliant.
Ed Daly comes on and helps me discuss it.
If you want to check out Ed’s fantastic Christmas book, here’s a link:

If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

email: totalchristmas@gmail.com
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Merry Christmas

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Author: Jack
Title:

Episode 96 – It’s Always Sunny At Christmas

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Total Christmas

It’s episode 95 and it’s a corker!

We begin by following up on last weeks episode when Benji Pearson mentioned an old long forgotten Christmas song about the 3 wise men.  He hasn’t been able to find a recording so he’s gone and done it himself.

Then it’s Jack Ask and I sort out some Christmas conundrums for listener Travis.

Next up it’s Bob Baker and Cav has suggested a high tech way of keeping it Christmas all year long.

Then it’s The Christmas Quiz and we have Ed Daly on to see how well he can score.
Ed is the author of The Christmas Book: The ultimate guide to your favorite holiday.
Here’s a link:

For this episode’s Do You Hear What I Hear, Bob looks at the word ‘Corker’.
Check out Festive Foreign Film Fans here:
https://4fpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

Then it’s our annual look at classic British Christmas songs that may or may not have made it across to the US.  And in this episode we also have a perspective from New Zealand, both Duane Bailey and Scott Newman from Tinsel Tunes have a listen and see if they know these 6 classics.
Have a listen to Tinsel Tunes here:

A couple of episodes ago I had the competition to win some little spooky ghost stories for Christmas, and now I have 3 more to give away.
If you want to win them contact me with the following 4 words: “Yeah, I’ll ‘ave ’em” and they could be yours.
Check out these lovely little books from Biblioasis here:

Get in touch:
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Merry Christmas

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 95 – Classic British Christmas Songs
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Total Christmas

It’s episode 94 and you know what that means…
it’s episode 94.

First up we talk about the exciting tradition of roller skating to Christmas mass in Venezuela.

Then Bob Baker discusses the difference between Gas and Petrol.

Then Duane Bailey from Tinsel Tunes podcast tells us his story of how he found out the truth about Santa Claus.

Next up I read out an email from Benji Pearson and he relates a couple of stories about Christmas.

In the quiz this week I managed 9 out of 10, see if you can do any better.

Then Bob is back and the suggestion for Christmas Everyday comes from my self-appointed best friend Cav.  He recommends going on this website for a dose of festive feelings:

This episode’s version of A Christmas Carol is John Grin’s Christmas starring Robert Guillaume, the star of Benson.  It’s an updated version from 1986.
It’s okay I suppose, have a watch here:

This episode’s recommendation is Tinsel Tunes because I’m on the latest episode.
If you’re not listening already you should be.
Check it out:

Get in touch.
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Merry Christmas

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Author: Jack
Title: Episode 94 – Roller Skating to Christmas
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