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Tis the Podcast is determined to keep the Christmas Spirit alive 365 days a year! Join Anthony, Julia, and Thom as they embark on a magical journey debating and discussing different Christmas movies, specials, and television episodes each week. Please visit www.tisthepodcast.com for the running ranking of all the movies they review, in addition to episode show notes and contact information.

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    • 4.6 • 123 Ratings

Tis the Podcast is determined to keep the Christmas Spirit alive 365 days a year! Join Anthony, Julia, and Thom as they embark on a magical journey debating and discussing different Christmas movies, specials, and television episodes each week. Please visit www.tisthepodcast.com for the running ranking of all the movies they review, in addition to episode show notes and contact information.

    Always Winter, Never Christmas. (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe)

    Always Winter, Never Christmas. (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe)

    Happy Monday, Christmas Fanatics! 

    Kick off your week the right way and journey with Julia, Thom, Anthony, and first time guest, the incredible Natalie Bickel - author of "The Christmas Clue" - to the magical land beyond the Wardrobe to discuss the 2005 adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"! 

    While in the story the White Witch may have cursed Narnia to experience an eternal winter where it's never Christmas, the four hosts bring plenty of holiday cheer to this episode as they gush over this classic tale that all four of them are in love with. Filled with plenty of background information on the author, plenty of behind-the-scenes trivia regarding the movie, and quotes galore, this is a laugh-out-loud festive time you want to be sure not to miss- especially since they also discuss recent pop-culture news, including David Krumholtz's long awaited return to the North Pole as Santa's head elf, Bernard, in the upcoming Disney + series, "The Santa Clauses"! 

    So blast that air conditioning to simulate those fast approaching Ber Months, relax with your favorite drink, and enjoy! As always, thanks for your love and support, y'all! 🎅🏻 🎄 🎁 🦌 ⛄️ 🦉 🔔 🚂 🤶🏻 ❄️ 🎀

    • 1 hr 49 min
    You See Santa Claus Tonight, You Better Run, Boy! You Better Run For Ya Life! (Silent Night, Deadly Night)

    You See Santa Claus Tonight, You Better Run, Boy! You Better Run For Ya Life! (Silent Night, Deadly Night)

    Happy Monday, Christmas Fanatics! And Happy August! We're in the final stretch before we reach the Ber Months! How exciting is that?

    Also exciting - this week, the elves are joined with Mr. Ron Hogan - a.k.a. President Hotdog - of "Film Strip Podcast" to discuss the 1984, B-Movie Classic, "Silent Night, Deadly Night"! Where does this fall amongst other Christmas horror fare for the four hosts? You'll have to tune in to find out!

    Also discussed this episode: "Westworld", "The Walking Dead", the new "Lord of the Rings" and "Game of Thrones" prequel series, and much, much more!

    This is one hilarious episode you want to be sure not to miss! As always, thanks for your love and support, y'all! 🎅🏻 🎄 🎁 🦌 ⛄️ 🦉 🔔 🚂 🤶🏻 ❄️ 🎀

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Why Don’t You And I Just Roll On Back To The Playroom? (The Christmas Toy)

    Why Don’t You And I Just Roll On Back To The Playroom? (The Christmas Toy)

    Happy Tuesday, Christmas Fanatics! This is a special week, as we're celebrating our 5th Anniversary here at "Tis the Podcast"! We hope you enjoyed the bonus "Spectacular" episode yesterday, which was full of music, movie clips, and lots of special guests! 

    This week, we're joined by our dear friend (and biggest Muppet fan we know!), Mike Westfall, of "Advent Calendar House Podcast" to discuss the 1986, Jim Henson Christmas special, "The Christmas Toy"! Listen as we dive into the film and its similarities to Pixar's "Toy Story", cast Anthony in a Christmas movie, fawn over LEGOs, discuss the joys of VHS recorded specials, relive the trauma of getting rid of old toys, and much, much more!

    This is one fun, festive episode you want to make sure not to miss! So, settle back and enjoy! And, as always, thanks for your love and support, y'all! 🎅🏻 🎄 🎁 🦌 ⛄️ 🦉 🔔 🚂 🤶🏻 ❄️ 🎀

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Tis the Podcast’s 5 Year Anniversary, Christmas in July Oscars Spectacular!

    Tis the Podcast’s 5 Year Anniversary, Christmas in July Oscars Spectacular!

    Happy Christmas in July, fellow holiday fanatics! 

    Can you believe how close we are getting to the most wonderful time of the year? The year is flying!

    In fact, the past few years have flown by for us because, if you can believe it, "Tis the Podcast" is turning 5 years old! 

    To mark the occasion, and celebrate Christmas in July, join Julia, Thom, and Anthony as they host this very special, Christmas edition of the Oscars! That's right - we gave y'all the chance to have your voices heard and the results are in!

    This is one jam-packed, extraordinarily fun episode that's filled with guests - including fellow podcast hosts, listeners of the show, and the children and spouses of the elves; favorite "Tis the Podcast" memories; Christmas song interludes; movie and television special clips; and much, much, much more. It's truly a celebration of Christmas, holiday movies and television specials, "Tis the Podcast", and the special community that has sprouted up around this show! And it's definitely a festive time that's sure to kick off your week the proper way and the perfect way to celebrate Christmas in July!

    So blast those air conditioners, draw those shades, settle in with your favorite holiday drink, and enjoy!

    As always, thanks for your love and support. We never would have made it this far without each and every one of you. Y'all are truly the best. Here's to the next five years!  🎅🏻 🎄 🎁 🦌 ⛄️ 🦉 🔔 🚂 🤶🏻 ❄️ 🎀

    • 2 hr 49 min
    We’re Helping Alvin Make Money! (A Chipmunk Christmas)

    We’re Helping Alvin Make Money! (A Chipmunk Christmas)

    Happy Tuesday, Christmas fanatics! Apologies for the belated drop!

    This week, the elves take a trip down memory lane to visit three of our favorite Christmas-loving rodents, Alvin, Simon, & Theodore as they cover the 1981 Christmas Special, "A Chipmunk Christmas".

    So, find a cool spot to cozy up and join us as we talk "Harry Potter" (yet again), our histories with the Chipmunks, and this timeless classic.

    • 53 min
    Goodness Makes The Badness Go Away! (The Smurfs Christmas Special)

    Goodness Makes The Badness Go Away! (The Smurfs Christmas Special)

    Happy Monday, y'all! After a week off due to circumstances beyond our control, we are back!

    Journey with Thom, Julia, and Anthony to Smurf Village to discuss the 1982 TV Show, "The Smurfs Christmas Special"! Listen as they discuss their histories with this race of blue people, three apples high, and pose a question to the listeners about what each of their Smurf names would be!

    This is a fun, festive, and nostalgic episode you want to be sure not to miss! So, settle back and enjoy! And, as always, thanks for your love and support, y'all! 

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

Philcastmovies ,

“It’s good, it’s good”

This show continues to keep me in the holiday spirit all year round! Hilarious and passion-fueled. Tis, the perfect show to sit back, have a cup of eggnog, or pumpkin spice and listen to this three incredible trio talk all things Christmas and more!

Natmosfear ,

Well Structured Deep-dives into Christmas Details

Whenever I listen to Tis The Podcast, I find myself laughing like I’m having a conversation with these three hosts, while also walking away with movie knowledge I didn’t know I wanted. The structure feels like a church or AA group meeting starting off with catching up on the week with the hosts, then going into the plot and cast of the film/show that’s being covered and discussing themes, hidden meanings, and general thoughts. I like the consistency. I know what to expect, yet I’m always caught off guard by the commentary and varying opinions. I think the banter within the group makes the show, and I feel like I’m a part of it just by listening. Thank you to Julia, Anthony, and Thom for creating a weekly connection point for me!

carleddy ,

Episode 128 - Go and Redeem

Anthony understood this film. I hope Julia and Thom have done a little more homeowrk on it since 2019. After all, it's rather widely recognized as the finest version of A Christmas Carol ever filmed. I felt sad they had not watched it often before doing this podcast. While bemoaning its B&W-ness and the 1951 effects, and not even knowing of Alastair Sim, they missed the fact that it was a British, not Hollywood, film and several of the actors had distinguished careers before and after this film. And, really, recognizing Hermione Baddeley, but not Patrick Macnee or George Cole!? Barely a word about the soundtrack or the musical motifs, like the use of "Barbara Allen" to represent Scrooge's family connection, or the light-hearted Bob Cratchit theme. Nothing about the socio-economic ironies. Too many lines straight from the book, really!? Overall, they're pretty uninformed on this film and much of the commentary is Disney-whiney and displays their ignorance of a classic.

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