Winter Listening

One thing I enjoy about the holidays is taking off the headphones and spending some together time listening to audio with my loved ones. Here are some fun podcasts with Christmas themes that we’ve been listening to.

This American Life has an episode devoted to Christmas comedy this week, which is as sad as it is funny, just like you’d expect.

I’ve recently discovered the modest pleasures of the Judge John Hodgeman podcast, wherein disputes are brought before a kangaroo court and John Hodgeman’s word is law. A recent dispute concerned the question of when good Catholics should put up a Christmas tree, if at all.

Garrison Keillor has shared several poems with wintery and Christmassy themes recently on the Writer’s Almanac. This episode has a nice solstice poem by Timothy Steele:

And let us not forget the classics, David Sedaris’s Santa Land Diaries (if you’ve never heard his rendition of Away in a Manger, you simply must):

And the greatest Christmas audio ever, Patrick Stewart’s brilliant performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, available at

Ka-lang!! Ka-lang!! Ka-lang!!

~ by lolarusa on December 23, 2010.

3 Responses to “Winter Listening”

  1. Thank you for that find! I played Patrick Stewart’s narrative while E.g. trimmed the tree. We always listen to or watch one version or another of the Christmas Carol.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Very pleased that you listened and enjoyed it, lavenderbay. Merry Christmas!

  3. John Hodgman is awesome, and I didn’t know he had a show going, so… thanks!

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