Advent Calendar House

It’s 1984, and it’s time to let the music play down in Fraggle Rock as we ring in Christmas in July on a quest to find the true meaning of the Festival of the Bells. On the way, we’ll visit Outer Space as Doc teaches Sprocket — and us — about the Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, and Christmas around the world.


🎙 Guests:

Tom Coombs (The Pop Daddy, @thepopdaddy).

Donnie Storms (Bronwen’s Ghost, @boxcar45).


💬 Topics & Tangents:

1. A clip from the British airing of The Bells of Fraggle Rock, in which Doc is replaced by a lighthouse captain.

2. Gerald Parkes (Doc) in An American Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

3. Doc’s tool-themed Christmas tree.

4. Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Dickens Village in Philadelphia.

5. The Weebabeast, in pictures.

6. Gobo’s maze-like map to the Cave of the Great Bell.

7. St. Nicholas Day.

8. Mokey and the Festival of the Bells, a Christmas-themed Fraggle Rock storybook.


📼 Retro Commercial Break:

Fraggle Rock Book Club, 1985.

McDonald’s Fraggle Rock Happy Meal Toys, 1988.


🎤 And Now, These Messages:

Hyrule Podcasters, an audio “Let’s Play” through The Legend of Zelda.


“The Bells of Fraggle Rock” © 1984 Jim Henson Productions.

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Title: The Bells of Fraggle Rock

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