37 episodes

We explore strange Christmas history, media, and legends alongside new and old fiction, from Victorian ghost stories to an annual flash fiction contest. WeirdChristmas.com is the hub for all your holiday weirdness needs.

Weird Christmas Podcast Craig Kringle

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 65 Ratings

We explore strange Christmas history, media, and legends alongside new and old fiction, from Victorian ghost stories to an annual flash fiction contest. WeirdChristmas.com is the hub for all your holiday weirdness needs.

    2020 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest Results Show

    2020 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest Results Show

    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Philosophy, Christmas, and Does Santa Exist by Eric Linus Kaplan who wrote Big Bang Theory which I mentioned here totally for clicks

    Philosophy, Christmas, and Does Santa Exist by Eric Linus Kaplan who wrote Big Bang Theory which I mentioned here totally for clicks

    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.
    Links from the show:
    Does Santa Exist: A Philosophical Investigation (buy on Amazon)
    Eric’s blog
    Eric’s Wikipedia page…because that’s cool
    Eric on Twitter (which is loads of fun)
    I’m sure I forgot something
    Music from this episode:
    “Science Christmas Carols”
    “A Christmas Carol” by Tom Lehrer
    >>>>>
    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!

    • 54 min
    The Ghost Story of Christmas 2020 "Between the Lights" by EF Benson

    The Ghost Story of Christmas 2020 "Between the Lights" by EF Benson

    “…And scary ghost stories of Christmasses long, long ago!”
    Ghost stories from previous years if you’re in a spooky mood: 2019, 2018, 2017
    Next year, we should break open this boys’ club with a tale from this…
    Links from the show:
    Full text of the story, “Between the Lights”
    A bit about Benson
    Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, Vol. 4 by Christopher Philippo.
    Our narrators this year:
    Christohper Stanley (@allthosestrings, author of The Lamppost Huggers which has a a couple Xmas ghost stories of its own)
    Kitty Pereira (@itskittypereira)
    Sean from Xmas Podcasts Podcast
    Jim Moon of Hypnogoria (loads more ghost stories here), who also helped us out last year
    Alexandra White (@alexandradw23)
    OldManFreakBoy (Check out his radio shows of Christmas music here: 1, 2, 3, 4.
    Dr. Calighoulie (Tony Dixon, IG: @tonydixon_art)
    Kristy Smith (Twitter/IG: @kristynotkirsty, FB: @kristynotkirsty74)
    fthgurdy
    Dustin Pari (@dustinpari, DustinPari.com, Ghosthunters guy.)
    Fr. Stephen Vrazel (@KeytarCatholic)
    >>>>>
    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!

    • 42 min
    Weird Christmas Food with Glen Warren of the Season's Eatings Podcast

    Weird Christmas Food with Glen Warren of the Season's Eatings Podcast

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

    Links:

    Season's Eatings Podcast
    List of Christmas Podcasts (from Brian Earl's Christmas Past)
    Holly Jolly Xmasu (Japanese Christmas music podcast)
    Totally Rad Christmas ("Rudolph's Shiny New Year" episode with me)
    The Lamppost Huggers by Christopher Stanley (some Christmas horror stories)
    Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, vol 4 edited by Christopher Philippo

    Music in this episode:

    "Christmas Food" by Idito the Chicken and Moonpie Nobot

    >>>>>

    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!

    • 47 min
    Santa is NOT St Nick - Tom Jerman and Santa Claus Worldwide

    Santa is NOT St Nick - Tom Jerman and Santa Claus Worldwide

    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.

    Links mentioned in the show:

    Buy the book!
    From Amazon
    From McFarland Publishers

    Tom's new website A Collection of Santas with new blog posts summarizing topics in Santa history and other treats.
    Books mentioned:
    The Children's Friend (1821)
    Irving's Knickerbocker's History of New York (later version)

    Glen Warren's Season's Eatings Podcast

    Music from the episode:

    "Sankt Niklas war ein Seemann" - Freddy Quinn
    "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" - Wilf Carter
    "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" - Chadron Polka Band

    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!

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Mumblecore Christmas with Stefanie Davis about her film The Christmas Ride

    Mumblecore Christmas with Stefanie Davis about her film The Christmas Ride

    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:

    Stream from Amazon Prime
    Watch on Vimeo ($4.99 right now...help an indie movie out!)

    Cool people!

    Starring Daryen Ratté
    Writer/Producer/Director Stefanie Davis
    Bouncy Boxer Media
    The film's twitter
    Slacker (Craig's favorite old "mumblecore" movie)

    Music:

    "This Christmas Life" by Shane Dawson
    "Christmas Around the World" by Be Still This Earth

    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!

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

thomcrowe ,

Weird, yes. Good, very.

I have a propensity for the off-beat and strange, which means i like this podcast. Craig brings such a unique voice to the Christmas podcast world. Check it out!

jaschmid6 ,

Great

This pod is great. Great info; love the cards; love the backstories. Could do without the “politcing”, but it ain’t gonna stop me from listening and enjoying.

wowitsmonday ,

A fan favourite

Bottom Layer

1/2 cup unsalted butter (European style cultured) (125ml)
1/4 cup sugar (60ml)
5 tbsp. cocoa (90ml)
1 egg beaten
1 3/4 cups graham wafer crumbs (415ml)
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (125ml)
1 cup coconut (250ml)

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8" x 8" pan.

Second Layer

1/2 cup unsalted butter (125ml)
2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream (30ml)
2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder (30ml)
2 cups icing sugar (500ml)

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter (30ml)

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

Top Podcasts In Technology

Listeners Also Subscribed To