Weird Christmas Podcast
WC #24 Medieval Christmas with Misty Schieberle and Scott Smith

WC #24 Medieval Christmas with Misty Schieberle and Scott Smith

January 4, 2020

What do we know about Christmas during the Middle Ages? Turns out it's kinda hard to find very much information. I talk to two medievalists, Misty Schieberle and Scott Smith, who help me trace what few mentions of Christmas there are in the English tradition.

WC #23 The Ghost Story of 2019, M.R. James’ “The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance”

WC #23 The Ghost Story of 2019, M.R. James’ “The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance”

December 30, 2019

The 2019 Weird Christmas ghost story is "The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance" by M. R. James. I also get some help with background on James and Punch and Judy puppet shows (which show up in the story) from Jim Moon of the Hypnogoria Podcast.

WC #22 Underground Christmas Music with Christmas Underground

WC #22 Underground Christmas Music with Christmas Underground

December 19, 2019

Weird Christmas talks to the indie music blog Christmas Underground about the world of Christmas mixes and how he finds great, unknown Christmas music all year long.

WC #21 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction 2019 (Contest results show)

WC #21 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction 2019 (Contest results show)

December 15, 2019

The annual Weird Christmas Flash Fiction show with the results of the 2019 contest. Fourteen odd stories of Christmas uncanniness to get you out of that holiday spirit. Find the full text of all the stories along with author bios and their contact info at WeirdChristmas.com.

WC #20 Yule Lads and Icelandic Christmas

WC #20 Yule Lads and Icelandic Christmas

December 12, 2019

Who are the Yule Lads, and why does Iceland have a bunch of trolls instead of Santa Claus? I talk to author Heidi Herman and Christmas expert Benito Cereno about where the legends of the Yule Lads came from and how they're celebrated today. (Next show is the contest results show...almost there!)

WC #Bonus Christmas Pickles with the Christmas Podcast Network

WC #Bonus Christmas Pickles with the Christmas Podcast Network

December 8, 2019

Bonus episode with Brian Earl of Christmas Past, Tim Babb of Can't Wait for Christmas, and Richard Parks III of Richard's Famous Food Podcast. This one's brought to you by the Christmas Podcast Network. We talk about Christmas pickles. Are they a "thing"? Well, that's what the show is about.

WC #19 (Almost) Unwatchable Christmas Movies with Alonso Duralde

WC #19 (Almost) Unwatchable Christmas Movies with Alonso Duralde

December 3, 2019

I chat with film critic Alonso Duralde about his book Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, especially the chapter about the worst Christmas movies ever made. We discuss the Mexican film _Santa Claus_ (1959), the 70's gay bar flick _Some of My Best Friends Are..._, and the inexplicable _Magic Christmas Tree_. Lots of other good suggestions along the way.

WC #18 Christmas Elves and Linda Raedisch

WC #18 Christmas Elves and Linda Raedisch

November 24, 2019

Craig Kringle talks with Linda Raedisch about Christmas elves, winter and solstice folklore surrounding fairies and elves, and even a bit of Halloween talk. Check the full show notes at WeirdChristmas.com as well as Linda's book _The Lore of Old Elfland."

WC #17 Lisa Morton and Halloween History

WC #17 Lisa Morton and Halloween History

October 31, 2019

Weird Christmas Podcast #17, a discussion of Halloween History with Lisa Morton. We discuss her three books about the history of Halloween along with talk of old forgotten Halloween traditions, such as youth riots and fortune telling with cabbages and kale. I also mention a site with tons of great Halloween postcards: https://vintagehalloweencards.blogspot.com/

WC #16 Christmas Summer Comet and Patreon Plug

WC #16 Christmas Summer Comet and Patreon Plug

August 28, 2019

A bonus summer episode! Professor (and Sir) Colin Humphreys of Cambridge discusses the evidence putting Christmas in the spring or summer rather than December. And...I plug my new Patreon site where you can get episodes all year round. (And there's a longer version of THIS VERY EPISODE at Patreon.com/weirdchristmas with 45 more minutes of weirdness!)

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