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Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

While it’s still summer, we’re looking ahead to Christmas plants that may be in the ground this very minute being grown & prepared for the upcoming season.  Vikram Baliga of the Plant-thropology Podcast joins us to talk about Christmas Botanicals.  And here’s a disclaimer… Rikki takes no pride in admitting the fact that she knows nothing about plantlife.  That’s why she’s called in a professional. 

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #30


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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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #29

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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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #28

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 MyMerryChristmas.com.

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #27

Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

On this episode, we learn all about “The Santa Box” – a new film made in Utah by Spanky Dustin Ward. It’s about a girl who thinks she’s cursed by Christmas, and what happens next when she moves to a neighborhood that goes all out for the holiday. Plus, this week’s Christmas News!

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #26

Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

His history goes back through the ages…and he has several names and depictions…and it isn’t Christmas without him. Our vintage Christmas contributor Benjamin Bradley is back this episode to discuss Santa Claus!

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #25

Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

What about children with hearing issues…and how they interact with Santa? Or when a child asks, “Santa, do you visit daddies in prison?” We have so much to talk about in this episode we call, Santa Hears you.

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #24

Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

Many will struggle at Christmastime due to the loss of a loved one. Grief can dampen the merriest of spirits, making the holidays more difficult for loved ones. In this episode of the Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas podcast, we’re talking about how you can remember and honor your loved one who has passed, through a special evening of luminaries and cocoa. And, we also hear some tips from Mrs Claus for families staying home still because of the pandemic.

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #23

Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

The family tree comes to life for the holidays with an ancestry tree donned with vintage photos, lights & the spirit of relatives & history long past.  And have you ever marked a Xmas season because you’re grieving? The holiday can become a harsh reminder of who you’ve loved and lost. Create a memorial tree of your own.  In this episode, we’re taking on a unique way of honoring our genealogy with an ancestral Christmas tree. Author, medium, historian Craig McManus shares his original creation of 3-generation ancestral Christmas tree with tips of creating your own.

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #22


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

Enjoy some laughs and warm feelings as SBMX honors Moms and the Matriarch of the North Pole, Mrs. Claus. Episode #21 begins with a compilation of holiday memories from listeners/contributors sharing Christmas moments made special by their Moms.  Then Mrs. Claus joins Rikki Meece for some inspiring advice of helping others during these often difficult Corona times.

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #21


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

Chris joins Rikki to chat about his podcast, Yuletide TV.  Chris and his cohosts, former college friends, review a wide variety of TV holiday episodes ranging from years gone by to current times.  Each host gives his very candid opinion about each featured episode followed up with their custom ratings of “Classic” for the whole family to watch year after year, “Socks” which its OK to have on in the background while wrapping gifts, or “Coal” which is self-explanatory.  All episodes are found on streaming services so you can watch and decide for yourself if you agree with the guys from Yuletide TV podcast.

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #20 bonus


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

A bonus epsiode of the podcast, where Rikki invites other Christmas podcasters to share their holiday insights and love of the season. This time, it’s Todd from the Christmas Clatter podcast!

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #19 bonus


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a bit of history to learn how General Electric lit up the trees, including the National Christmas Tree.  Broadcast engineer Jeff Carter joins Rikki Meece with his wealth of knowledge on GE Christmas history. 

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #18


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

This episode is all about vintage Christmas. Rikki speaks with Benjamin Bradley, a passionate antique and vintage Christmas collector, about crèches and nativities. He gives some historical background on how these traditional pieces became a standard in many homes for the Christmas season.

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #17


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

Mistletoe is in our name, and it’s the month of love, so let’s talk about kissing! This episode shares a love story where mistletoe helped seal the deal. Romance and Christmas surely go together, don’t they?

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #16


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

He’s the fearless leader of Santa’s sleigh, a champion of misfits, and has the brightness nose in the Christmas night sky.  He’s the one & only Rudolph.   Generations around the world have grown up reading about him, watching his story on TV, singing his praises, and collecting all his vintage & modern merchandise.  In this episode, Rikki chats again with Carl Wiser of song-facts-dot-com about the history behind the song, the story of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.  

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #15


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

It’s all about our namesake — sleighs! Guys, this is your version of a Christmas car show, old school style. And ladies, the romance of a holiday sleigh ride comes to life in this episode. Rikki has a fascinating discussion with Russ Wimmer. a modern-day restorer of those old sleighs from days gone by.

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #14


Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas Podcast

Now that most of the hustle & bustle of the season is slowing down, time to look to the ending of a decade and the coming of a new year. Once again, we call on our friend Heather Smith to help us “dine and dash” through the wrapping up of the Christmas season leftovers to ringing in the festive foods of 2020.  Tips on what leftovers to freeze, which to toss & those that can be re-made into delish dishes.  Plus, party hacks for hostesses when gathering friends for the big countdown, Heather & Rikki have you covered. 

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Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas #13