33 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 • 51 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.

    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
    Krampus with Al Ridenour

    Krampus with Al Ridenour

    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.
    Links mentioned in the show:
    The book: The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas
    Bone & Sickle (Al's podcast)
    The Krampus episode (Saint, Devil, Sugar-Bread & Whip)

    Music:
    Carol of the Krampus by The Courtesan and the Cabin Boy
    If you’re feeling generous, check out my Patreon page here where you can get all kinds of bonuses throughout the year.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Christmas Werewolves with Benito Cereno

    Christmas Werewolves with Benito Cereno

    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.
    Links mentioned in the show:
    Benito's werewolf Christmas story, "Two Gifts"
    Benito's YouTube channel
    Lives of St. Barbara and St. Nicholas
    Celebrating St. Nicholas Around the World
    and more...

    Apocrypals podcast
    Benito's site
    Bone & Sickle Podcast (episode 30: Loup-Garou, Werewolves in France)
    Music this episode:
    "Werewolf Christmas" by Timur and the Dime Museum
    "Werewolf in Christmas Past" by Max Dimartino, Lee Lacey
    "Meido Krampus Noche" by The Courtesan and the Cabin Boy
    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.
     

    • 43 min
    Halloween Postcard Collecting with Eric Hinton

    Halloween Postcard Collecting with Eric Hinton

    Collecting strange vintage Halloween cards with Eric Hinton.

    • 32 min
    WC# 25 Christmas and Zen Buddhism, a talk with Brad Warner

    WC# 25 Christmas and Zen Buddhism, a talk with Brad Warner

    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.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

MatteMatteMatte25 ,

Weird indeed!

Such a fun and engaging podcast. So interesting to hear outside of the normal realm of the holidays!

jaschmid6 ,

Great

Love listening!

ThatAlienGirl ,

Must listen for Xmas fans!

I love this podcast so much - a voice made for podcasting and such a well-researched and interesting Christmas lore podcast. I’m a horror fan AND a major Christmas fan, and I’ve learned so much from all of the awesome different episodes! There’s a Krampus episode now, but I appreciated when he said he wouldn’t ever do one because there’s so many other WEIRDER things out there! I’m a total Yule Boy fan now.

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