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Options December 26, 2018: Yes Virginia, there is an Anti-Clause

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Kimzilla and Emily go beyond the typical American Christmas traditions and dive deep into the origins of the holiday season and learn about some other weirder and darker yule tide traditions. They will be talking to Craig Cringle from Weird Christmas.com. Plus, we share some interviews with some folks that do it a little different. Guests include in order of appearance- Bjarne from Norway, Becky the Honky Tonk Radio Girl, James Kavoussi, Fredricka from Sweden, Zack, Horatio, Indigo and Jodi and to wrap it all up we hear from the always amazing Nick Fierro as Belsnickle.

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The Tammy's  Egyptian Shumba   Options  
Interview with Craig Cringle     
Krampus Parade in Germany   
Pagan animals   
Shaman Mushroom Christmas   
Bjarne's Sheepshead treat   
Becky shares her Catalonian traditions   
The Cajaniera   
James Kavoussi's freezer toys   
Fredricka's Swedish tradition     
Winter Weekend Jubilee with Zack, Jody, Hortio and Indigo     
Nick Fierro as Belsnickle   

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Listener comments!

  7:01pm Emily:

Hello lifers!
Avatar 7:02pm kimzilla:

Hello Emily.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm ultradamno:

Hello Kim & Emily, lifers! Ready for talk of Black Peter.
  7:03pm Emily:

Hi Kim!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm dale:

oooh, krampus has stolen all of those nasty people to snack on at a later date.
Avatar 7:04pm kimzilla:

Black Peter will be featured Ultradamno!
Avatar 7:05pm kimzilla:

Hi Dale!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Tons of Christmas stuff for sale today. Got to make room for all the Valentine's stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm melinda:

hi chums
  7:07pm Emily:

Hello Melinda and Ken and Dale and Ultradamno!
  7:08pm Emily:

(I am here listening with my mom—Kate says hi!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm common:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Visited southern California at Christmastime one year and it was so weird to me to see palm trees with lights on them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm dale:

nothing like that 75% off valentines candy ken!
Avatar 7:12pm kimzilla:

Right Ken? I don't know how people get in the "spirit" in warmer climates. It just feels off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm ultradamno:

It was sunny and green and in the thirties in Indiana this year, which was odd enough for me.
Avatar 7:13pm kimzilla:

I remember an ex of mine and I went into a Rite-Aid the day after Valentines Day and we were going to a movie so we stocked up on 75% off candy and the total was like 52 cents, and he said "Happy Valentines Day baby!" and the cashier just looked up with this disgust at his cheapness. It was funny.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm melinda:

@kimzilla I remember a Christmas in Texas that was warm enough for me to wear shorts and set up a lemonade stand in the back yard. I guess I was trying to make the best of it but I hated warm winter days, always a disappointment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Richard S:

Hello! Happy Boxing Day!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm dale:

'krampus would strip you and whip you' - he probably has a lot of lovers.
Avatar 7:19pm kimzilla:

Who agrees with me that there is nothing sexy about Christmas? It's cuddly, but definitely not sexy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Kwanzaa starts today. There needs to be a Kwanzillaa personality for marketing purposes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Richard S:

I agree, Kim. Christmas is more about family and friends love than sexiness.
  7:20pm Emily:

@kimzilla oh for sure. It’s too cuddly and family-y to be sexy.
  7:21pm Emily:

Hahahahah Kwanzillaa...
  7:21pm JakeGould:

How dare those arrogant babies be born on the 25th of December.
  7:21pm Emily:

Oh and happy Boxing Day!
  7:22pm JakeGould:

  7:22pm Robert Tables:

Hello! Interesting about the werewolf connection. My family is from Poland and I've never heard about that before.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm Richard S:

The REAL meaning of Christmas:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm ultradamno:

It's also St. Stephen's Day today, there could be some marketing involving stoning to death to bump up it's profile.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm steveo:

No not sexy here.

Also, we were talking about "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" recently. The idea that this kid is watching Santa kiss his mom, and not knowing it's really his dad, and kind of gleefully declaring "what a laugh" it would be if daddy had only seen. Creepy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Richard S:

Snowball fights for St. Stephen's Day?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm stephe-o:

hurrah, ultradamno!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm ultradamno:

Alison Brie sending up sexy christmas songs/babytalk (eventually redone for Community): www.youtube.com...
  7:26pm JakeGould:

There is still blackface all over Europe. Pretty bad in France still.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm melinda:

I remember waking up late at night and seeing both my mom in the kitchen and stuffed stockings in the living room, so I assumed Santa was out at his sleigh getting stuff, maybe they had chatted in passing while doing their tasks. Didn't occur to me to think it was evidence of Santa's non-existence.
  7:28pm Emily:

@ultra oh man, I saw that on community!! Amazing/horrifying/perfect.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm ultradamno:

Talking animals on christmas night, I was told this as a kid: mentalfloss.com...
  7:30pm Emily:

@melinda I think I had a similar experience!
  7:30pm Listener Robert:

Maybe this is the year Kevin Nutt will play some Swedish soul (or whatever it was someone said almost 2 years ago in his comments frame) for St. Knut's Day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Richard S:

What I heard about La Befana is that the Magi stopped at her place (to take a breather and use the bathroom, I guess). She asked about why they were traveling, and they told her and invited her to come along. She declined; she had some housework to do - she'd catch up with them later. So now she flies around on Jan. 6, dropping off presents because she doesn't know which child is Jesus, and she wants to cover all her bases.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Richard S:

See "Santa Claus and his Old Lady" by Cheech and Chong.... "They had the Magic Dust!!!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Is there a good story about the pickle Christmas tree ornament? Where did that get started?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm ultradamno:

That elf graphic is awsome! I have to assume things go poorly for those girls.
  7:34pm JakeGould:

@Ken: German humor… Which is not funny.
  7:34pm Johnzon:

I heard the shamans would eat the mushrooms and then other people would drink their urine...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm melinda:

Psychedelic reindeer pee has come up in comments a few times
  7:35pm Zydeco Revelator:

Name of the Santa shroom podcast?
  7:35pm Zydeco Revelator:

What was the special guest’s name?
Avatar 7:35pm kimzilla:

Ahh man, I forgot to ask about the pickle! I have two on my tree!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm dale:

i'll let this dude have my portion.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Tome:

... [ covers the kid's ears ] ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm melinda:

This show reminds me of the David Sedaris piece about different Christmas traditions in Europe and how ridiculous he thought they were.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay, lutefisk and lefse!
Avatar 7:37pm kimzilla:

Hi name is Craig Cringle. Totally worth following on Instagram!
  7:38pm Emily:

@melinda yes!! I always loved those.
  7:38pm Zydeco Revelator:

Thanks! That was epic
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm melinda:

The caganer! Hearty White did a video about that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm ultradamno:

Giftscat, this must trace back to Germany.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm Ken From Hyde Park:

"Mom, these candy canes smell funny!"
Avatar 7:43pm kimzilla:

I'll have to listen to that melinda.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm ultradamno:

Every mall needs that statue.
Avatar 7:51pm kimzilla:

Haha Ken, I just got that now. Der.
  7:51pm Robert Tables:

My family hasn't exchanged christmas gifts for a few years now. I forget the exact reason we decided to stop. But it definitely reduces stress around the holiday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Tome:

pseudo intellectual crack heads ...
Avatar 7:53pm kimzilla:

Man, I need to figure out a way to institute this rule with my family. Everyone is so giving, and then the guilt to return the gifts end up being that you are giving gifts to sooo many people. Like my brother in laws mother. It's too much, and takes hours! It's nuts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Richard S:

Catch you all next year!!!
  7:55pm mary:

re "catholic country like Spain"
Pagan Spain by novelist Richard Wright is about his travels in Spain in 1954 & 55, pub in 1957
  7:55pm Emily:

They have hands down the coolest kids I’ve ever met. They’re definitely doing something right.
  7:55pm Emily:

See y’all next year!!!
  7:56pm Robert Tables:

Bye and thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Happy New Year in your real lives!
Avatar 8:00pm kimzilla:

Thanks everyone for joining us on Boxing Day! See you next week!
  10:32pm Craig Kringle:

So I did indeed get the Befana story wrong in the details. But I've never been interviewed for the radio before! Heh heh.
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