Weird Christmas Podcast

By Craig Kringle

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Frito Bandito
 Nov 30, 2020
Lots of great info on folklore and history to make Christmas seem strange. Good variety of guests, and love the short story contest.

Martin
 Nov 29, 2019

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All things holly, jolly, and odd-ly.

Episode Date
Christmas Past, American Xmas Literary History with Thomas Ruys Smith
54:40

I chat with Thomas Ruys Smith, editor of Christmas Past: An Anthology of Seasonal Stories from Nineteenth Century America and Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of East Anglia.

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a “coffee” ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I’ll send you a sticker!

Jan 10, 2022
2021 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest (4th Annual Results Show)
01:28:12

It’s out later than I would have preferred, but like the inevitability of New Year’s following Christmas, it is here.

To read the stories, get bio information and links on the authors, and for all other show notes, please check out WeirdChristmas.com.

Results:

  • Overall Winner: “The Fight” by Elizabeth Guilt
  • “Weird Cards” Category Winner: “If the Suit Fits” by Michelle Christophorou
  • “There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard” Category Winner: “A Churchyard Carol” by Dan Fields
  • “Stocking Stuffer” Category Winner: “The Power of Presents and Spidersilk” by Daniel Ausema

Honorable Mention (in no particular order):

  • “The Second Coming” — Michelle Christophorou
  • “Married to Christmas” — Dustin Pari
  • “The Christmas Room” — J.D. Wilson
  • “Saving Cinterland” — JJ Mokrezewski
  • “The Messenger” — Jens Hieber
  • “A Christmas Burial” — Gary Ballard
  • “Spirits of Christmas” — D.P. Blanchard
  • “A lock of hair, a baby tooth, a toenail” — Eleanor Luke
  • “Red Nose” — Thomas Lawrance
  • “The Last Holiday” — John Wolf
  • “It’s the Most Dreadful Time of the Year” — Paul Lewthwaite
  • “How Santa Got Schooled” — Kate Sherrod
  • “O Holey Night” — John Possidente
  • “The Yew’s Embrace” — Jen Rowe
  • “War’s End” — Adam Gottfried
  • “Carton Holiday” — Ibiteye Overcomer
  • “Christmas Spirits” — Laurie Peterson
  • “Piss Pistol” — Brandon Case
  • “Grandpa?” — Jonathan Saint

Please help support the contest, the podcast, and Weird Christmas website by buying a “coffee” (a gift in increments of $3) at Ko-Fi.com (click here). For even more support, please consider joining my Patreon page (click here) where for $2 or $5/month, you’ll have access to extra content and bonuses like physical postcards mailed throughout the year. With more support, I can offer more and bigger prizes for the contest next year.

A big thank you to my volunteer readers this season: my work buddy Lisa and LW Salinas (@sithwitch), both of whom stepped in at the very last second. Otherwise, almost all the authors wanted to read their own work this year, which was fun!

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Contest results from previous years: 202020192018.

Jan 03, 2022
Ghost Stories, Weird Poetry, and All Manner of Old Xmas Weirdness with Christopher Philippo
55:38

Talking with Christopher Philippo, editor of Volumes 4 and 5 of the Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories.

Links to the poems and other goodies from the show are at WeirdChristmas.com.

If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a “coffee” ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I’ll send you a sticker!

Dec 21, 2021
The Perchten with Al Ridenour
50:51

Al Ridenour is back after talking to us last year about Krampus, but this time to help unpack the lore and traditions around the Perchten, Krampus-esque goblin-ish creatures tied to both Krampus and Frau Perchta.

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a “coffee” ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I’ll send you a sticker!

Dec 09, 2021
Christmas Murder Ballads with James Wynn
01:05:02

Happy Thanksgiving! We dive deep into the history of Christmas murder ballads with my friend (and cohost from the ReReading Wolfe Podcast) James Wynn.

I'll get links to all the songs from the episode up here shortly. But for now, here are links for James:

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a “coffee” ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I’ll send you a sticker!

Nov 25, 2021
Christmas Witches with Benito Cereno
01:21:06

La Befana, Perchta, Holda, and so many more! We chat with the always encyclopedic Benito Cereno about all the Christmas witch folklore in Christmas history.

 

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a "coffee" ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I'll send you a sticker!

 

Nov 15, 2021
2020 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest Results Show
01:06:07

Full text of all the winners are at WeirdChristmas.com along with bios, information, and links for all the authors.

All fiction copyright 2020 by the authors.

Please visit WeirdChristmas.com for full information.

Dec 23, 2020
Philosophy, Christmas, and Does Santa Exist by Eric Linus Kaplan who wrote Big Bang Theory which I mentioned here totally for clicks
54:05

Sometimes when you have a podcast, you talk to people who interest you and you don’t worry so much about how it relates to the show or your topic or what your hard-won audience really cares about. So you put out a show that’s all about really, really narrow interests you have. This is half that. The other half is about an amazing book about whether or not you should believe in Santa.

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a “coffee” ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I’ll send you a sticker!

Dec 21, 2020
The Ghost Story of Christmas 2020 "Between the Lights" by EF Benson
42:25

“…And scary ghost stories of Christmasses long, long ago!”

Ghost stories from previous years if you’re in a spooky mood: 201920182017

Next year, we should break open this boys’ club with a tale from this

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a “coffee” ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I’ll send you a sticker!

Dec 15, 2020
Weird Christmas Food with Glen Warren of the Season's Eatings Podcast
47:42

Time to destroy your appetite! I talk to Glen Warren from the Season's Eatings Podcast about weird Christmas food throughout history.

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a “coffee” ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I’ll send you a sticker!

Dec 04, 2020
Santa is NOT St Nick - Tom Jerman and Santa Claus Worldwide
01:40:54

As a Thanksgiving treat, enjoy a deep dive down the rabbit hole of Santa history with Tom Jerman, author of Santa Claus Worldwide: A History of St. Nicholas and Other Holiday Gift-Bringers. This is my favorite book of Santa history, and Tom and I covered a lot of ground.

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a “coffee” ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I’ll send you a sticker!

Nov 26, 2020
Mumblecore Christmas with Stefanie Davis about her film The Christmas Ride
33:16

I'm not usually your go-to source for new movies. But this one is worth your time. The Christmas Ride is a mumblecore (improvised dialogue) film about a ride share driver getting an emotional gut punch on Christmas day. I talked to the producer/director Stefanie Davis, and I hope you'll check it out.

Here's the trailer for a taste:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y45euwomp9g&t

You can stream it from Amazon (free with Prime) and Vimeo:

Cool people!

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And the promo was for Holly Jolly Xmasu -- a podcast all about Japanese Christmas music. You'll be hearing more from Scott soon. :)

If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year. You can also buy me a "coffee" ($3 gifts) at Ko-Fi.com.

Or PLEASE LEAVE A WEIRD REVIEW ON APPLE PODCASTS OR YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP! Send me a note that you did (weirdxmas@gmail.com), and I'll send you a sticker!

Nov 17, 2020
Krampus with Al Ridenour
01:16:35

Krampus. Seems like I should have done a show on Krampus years ago, but I was waiting for the right person. And that person is Al Ridenour, author of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil. This is the definitive book on Krampus, and Al fills us in on all the history and celebrations we could want.

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If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year.

Oct 31, 2020
Christmas Werewolves with Benito Cereno
43:40

Christmas werewolves are a thing. I mean, I don't know if they're REAL real. But people really used to believe they were a thing. So Christmas expert Benito Cereno fills us in on their history

Benito's been on the show before, talking about Christmas comics and the Yule Lads.

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And check out the Merry Britsmas podcast for all your British Christmas needs!

If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year.

 

Oct 15, 2020
Halloween Postcard Collecting with Eric Hinton
32:13

The first podcast episode of the 2020 {shiver} season. We do a bit of deep diving into the world of Halloween postcard collecting which, if you follow me on social media, you know is a small obsession of mine. Eric Hinton runs Halloween Postcards and has collected all, yes, ALL of the Halloween postcards printed before World War 2. We wander around some of the stranger examples and figure out what goes on in the musty corners of our collector-type-brains.

This episode has a video version as well so you can see the cards we're talking about. Head over to my youtube channel here.

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"Happy Christmahanavaloween" by Melanie

"Horror Flick" by Make Like Monkeys

If you're feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year.

Oct 02, 2020
WC# 25 Christmas and Zen Buddhism, a talk with Brad Warner
47:14
A talk with Brad Warner, author of the new book Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen. How Buddhism can help calm holiday stress, and just stuff about Brad and Zen in general.
Jan 09, 2020
WC #24 Medieval Christmas with Misty Schieberle and Scott Smith
51:15
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.
Jan 04, 2020
WC #23 The Ghost Story of 2019, M.R. James' "The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance"
56:04
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.
Dec 30, 2019
WC #22 Underground Christmas Music with Christmas Underground
01:02:17
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.
Dec 19, 2019
WC #21 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction 2019 (Contest results show)
57:48
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.
Dec 15, 2019
WC #20 Yule Lads and Icelandic Christmas
31:16
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!)
Dec 12, 2019
WC #Bonus Christmas Pickles with the Christmas Podcast Network
41:16
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.
Dec 08, 2019
WC #19 (Almost) Unwatchable Christmas Movies with Alonso Duralde
49:32
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.
Dec 03, 2019
WC #18 Christmas Elves and Linda Raedisch
35:43
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."
Nov 24, 2019
WC #17 Lisa Morton and Halloween History
21:25
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/
Oct 31, 2019
WC #16 Christmas Summer Comet and Patreon Plug
21:00
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!)
Aug 28, 2019
WC #15 Christmas with MST3K, Rifftrax, and Connor Lastowka
29:02
Weird Christmas explores the Christmas offerings of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Rifftrax, and Cinematic Titanic with Rifftrax writer Connor Lastowka.
Jan 01, 2019
WC #14 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction
36:16
The results show from the 2018 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction contest. 12 very, very short stories that will make you laugh, cringe, and fear Santa.
Dec 18, 2018
WC #13 The Old Magic of Christmas with Linda Raedisch
30:12
I talk to author Linda Raedisch about her book The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year. We discuss ancient pagan rituals, legends, and stories from pagan old Europe.
Dec 12, 2018
WC #12 Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories and Algernon Blackwood's "The Kit Bag"
49:32
Why did Victorian England love Christmas ghost stories? Why does Andy Williams sing about them? Why is Algernon Blackwood's "A Kit Bag" so freakin' awesome? Why did so many people volunteer to read for me? Why did an actual scholar (Tara Moore) come on this obscure podcast?
Dec 04, 2018
WC #11 Xmas Comics with Benito Cereno
41:10
Weird Christmas Podcast #11. A discussion with Benito Cereno about the unlikely world of Christmas and comic books.
Nov 30, 2018
WC #Bonus Thanksgiving Gift of the Christmas Podcast Network
33:20
Weird Christmas is part of a new thing: the Christmas Podcast Network. So this is a sampler of a bunch of the things you can find there. Different shows, different voices, and all in one place
Nov 22, 2018
WC #10 Christmalloween (or How I Mixed Up My Holidays)
15:27
How many Christmas carols are actually about Halloween? Or vice versa? However many there are, they aren't very good...with a couple of exceptions.
Oct 31, 2018
WC #9 Christmas Music Junkies and Interview with Mitchell Kezin, Director of Jingle Bell Rocks!
36:17
Talking about the underground world of Christmas music collectors with Mitchell Kezin, the director of Jingle Bell Rocks!, a documentary about people who hunt for the best and strangest Christmas music all year long.
Dec 21, 2017
WC #8 HP Lovecraft Christmas Poems (and one story)
34:41
All of HP Lovecraft's Christmas Poetry, with only minor bits of mind-bending terror. And his one "Christmas" story read by WC listeners, who are all awesome!
Dec 15, 2017
WC #7 Santa's a Magic Mushroom
18:15
In this episode, I delive into the world of shamanism, magic mushrooms, and Santa Claus. Travel with me on a trip to strange holiday destinations!
Dec 11, 2017
WC #6 Drunken Christmas Music
14:10
Christmas songs full of the best tradition of the season: drinking! Country misery, drunk singing, and, believe it or not, some actually good stuff this time. But still weird.
Dec 07, 2017
WC #5 Weird Christmas TV and Movies with Joanna Wilson
33:25
Episode #5 of the Weird Christmas Podcast! Kicking off the 2017 Christmas season talking to Joanna Wilson, author of numerous books about Christmas tv. She gives some excellent recommendations to keep your holiday viewing weird.
Dec 01, 2017
WC #Bonus Episode, The House of Seven Santas, Part 5
08:53
SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Join the Weird Christmas Podcast and six other podcasts for a multi-part holiday special retelling of the story "The House of Seven Santas." If you want to start from the beginning, check out the Christmas Past Podcast at http://christmaspastpodcast.com/.
Dec 01, 2017
WC #4 Thanksgiving Podcast 2017
07:09
It's the first episode of 2017 for Weird Christmas! I'm confused about Thanksgiving! I don't know what the hell it means!
Nov 22, 2017
WC #3 Weird Science Fiction Christmas Music Podcast
15:52
Weird Christmas' science fiction extravaganza! Santa on the moon, Mars, rockets, your bachelor pad, and a bit of theramin for fun. Noel!
Dec 12, 2016
WC #2 Weird Christmas Annoying Music Show
15:40
The Weird Christmas Annoying Music Show. A variety of some of the strangest, most annoying Christmas music available. Check out WeirdChristmas.com for all the details.
Dec 01, 2016
WC #1 Weird Christmas Podcast: Christmas Myths Debunked
36:44
The first episode of the Weird Christmas podcast where we find all the strangest vintage, musical, and historical things about your favorite holidays. All the stuff I talk about there like WeirdChristmas.com, an email, etc....yeah, that's all been going on for a couple of years now. Heh heh...
Nov 22, 2016