Christmas Podcasts Top Ten

Best Christmas Podcasts

 

As a fan of all things Christmas, and as a fan of podcasts, I love listening to Christmas podcasts. Some of these are about the history of Christmas, some are about the films and songs of Christmas, and some are just Christmas music. Some only come back for the Christmas season while some devoted podcasters keep up the Christmas message all through the year.

As a British person, I have to warn you that what these podcasts all have in common is that they are American, or at least they all mainly refer to American culture. What we badly need is a podcast reflecting the history and culture of the British Christmas.

I’ll put in a link to their home site, but the best way to find the podcasts is to get your favourite podcast app and to search for them by name.

 

Bubbling under: other Christmas podcasts to investigate, that didn’t make my top ten…

Roast Chestnuts                             

https://www.headstuff.org/roast-chestnuts/roast-chestnuts-christmas-movies-podcast-trailer/

Christmas Creeps                            https://christmascreeps.com/category/podcast/

The Holiday Podcast                       https://soundcloud.com/user-393190847

Jingle Friends                                    http://jinglefriends.com/

HARKpodcast                                    http://www.harkpodcast.com/

 

In classic style, from ten to one, here’s my top ten Christmas podcasts…

 

 10. Tis the Podcast

https://tisthepodcast.podbean.com/

A year-round Christmas podcast presented by three elves called Anthony, Julia and Thom, who discuss a Christmas film or TV special each week. The episodes are over-long, but if you have the time to give to this and love Christmas films, it will draw you in.

 

 9. Christmas Carols

https://songsofhope883.com/category/christmas/

Podcasts can be a good source of Christmas carols. This site and its podcast feed has some consistently good Christmas music that brings us back to the message of the birth of Christ. The traditional and the contemporary mix is well balanced and sensitive.

 

 8. Weird Xmas

https://weirdchristmas.com/category/podcast/

A project that began with a collection of strange Christmas cards has now developed a podcast that has sideways look at some Christmas films, television and other media offerings. It’s well produced and fast-moving, with each episode lasting only as long as it needs to.

 

 7. Christmas Stories from Focus on the Family

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/christmas-stories

If you like the ministry of Focus on the Family, you’ll enjoy this new family podcast of stories and reflections hosted by John Fuller and Eva Daniel. Young children may not have the concentration to listen to complete episodes, but there are already some gems here for all ages.

 

 6. Can’t Wait for Christmas

http://cantwaitforchristmaspod.com/

Anarchic and rapid-fire, with an emphasis on Christmas films, comedian Tim Babb presents a fast-moving Christmas podcast with attitude. This is for you if your style is more “Muppets Christmas Carol” than Midnight Mass. And if you care about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not. An acquired taste, but it’s worth a try.

 

5. Celtic Christmas Podcast

http://celticchristmaspodcast.com/

What do you get if you combine the magic of Christmas with a purist’s take on Celtic music? This is what you get. Nearly fifty episodes of Irish/Scottish/American Celtic music with a Christmas flavour presented by the “celtfather” Marc Gunn, who’s not above promoting his own music and his compilation albums. If you like this music, you’ll love this podcast.

 

 4. Merry Little Podcast

http://merrypodcast.com

The cost-free option of the two podcasts produced all through the year by the people at http://mymerrychristmas.com, this is a consistent source of Christmas music and history. The production lacks the personality of some of the shows featured here, and it doesn’t seem clear what its audience is. But it has a good knowledge of Christmas tradition, and it’s worth subscribing to keep Christmas alive all year.

 

3. 25 Songs of Christmas

https://soundcloud.com/25songsofchristmas/tracks

The production is rough around the edges, but John “Moose” Williamson has a winning style and an enthusiasm for Christmas music and the Christmas season which brings joy to the listener. The production values have improved through the four seasons it’s been going while maintaining its folksy charm. You might hate it, but it’s worth a try.

 

 2. Christmas Past

http://christmaspastpodcast.com/

Brian Earl has produced fewer than twenty episodes but each one has been a gem: a slice of Christmas history with some personal reminiscences and some expert interviews. They are precisely edited and presented with intelligence and style.

 

 1. The Christmas
Stocking

http://MyChristmasStocking.net

This is my Number One. For more than ten years Lee Cameron has been giving us generous gifts of beautifully produced ten-minute episodes, each recounting a piece of Christmas tradition and history and some carefully-selected pod-friendly music. All podcasts should sound like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reformation 3 – The Church his people

The third of three talks given by Wayne Clarke at New North Road Baptist Church, Huddersfield, marking 500 years since Martin Luther lit the spark of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

This third one was given on Sunday November 5th, 2017. It begins with a Bible reading (1 Peter 2:4-10) from Stewart Naylor.

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download the talk as an MP3 file and listen offline by right-clicking on this link and selecting “save link” or “save target”  The Church his people

As well as the audio of each talk you can read the text as a Word document and see an accompanying PowerPoint Presentation.

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Reformation 2 – Only the Bible

The second of three talks given by Wayne Clarke at New North Road Baptist Church, Huddersfield, marking 500 years since Martin Luther lit the spark of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

This second one was given on Sunday October 29th, 2017. It begins with a Bible reading (2 Timothy 3:1-17) from Barbara Trigg.

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download the talk as an MP3 file and listen offline by right-clicking on this link and selecting “save link” or “save target”  Only the Bible

As well as the audio of each talk you can read the text as a Word document and see an accompanying PowerPoint Presentation.

click on the link below to download and read the text that the talk was based on:

OnlytheBible text

click on the link below to download to see the PowerPoint that went alongside the talk:

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Reformation 1 – Only by Grace

The first of three talks given by Wayne Clarke at New North Road Baptist Church, Huddersfield, marking 500 years since Martin Luther lit the spark of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

This first one was given on Sunday October 22nd, 2017. It begins with a Bible reading from Gordon Morrison.

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download the talk as an MP3 file and listen offline by right-clicking on this link and selecting “save link” or “save target”    Luther 1 – Only by Grace

As well as the audio of each talk you can read the text as a Word document and see an accompanying PowerPoint Presentation.

click on the link below to download and read the text that the talk was based on:

OnlybyGrace text

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Parchment Reunited 2004

The Liverpool band Parchment played folk gospel music in the 1970s. The three original members of the group John Paculabo, Keith Rycroft and Sue McClellan rarely met together after Keith left the band.

In 2004 BBC Producer Wayne Clarke brought together John and Keith and with Sue at the end of a phone line, spoke to the three of them. It was their last “reunion”, and John died in January 2013.

 

Originally broadcast on BBC Local Radio, here’s the programme made from their 2004 reunion, presented and produced by Wayne Clarke.

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The Modern Christmas – the history of Christmas part four

The history of Christmas in four podcasts: here’s the fourth, with writers Steve Legg and Nicky Gumbel.

Written, presented and produced by me, Wayne Clarke and originally broadcast on BBC Local Radio.

 

Explore more about the history of Christmas here

The Victorian Christmas – the history of Christmas part three

The history of Christmas in four podcasts: here’s the third, with historian Christine Lalumia.

Written, presented and produced by me, Wayne Clarke and originally broadcast on BBC Local Radio.

 

Go to the last in this series on the modern Christmas

The Tudor Christmas – the history of Christmas part two

The history of Christmas in four podcasts: here’s the second, with historian Alison Plowden.

Written, presented and produced by me, Wayne Clarke and originally broadcast on BBC Local Radio.

 

Go to the next in this series on the Victorian Christmas

The Medieval Christmas – the history of Christmas part one

The history of Christmas in four podcasts: here’s the first, with historian Sophie Jackson.

Written, presented and produced by me, Wayne Clarke and originally broadcast on BBC Local Radio.

Go to the next in this series on the Tudor Christmas

Goodbye to 2014

So that was the year that was 2014.

What made it distinctive for me was the amount of travelling I’ve done. This year I’ve travelled more miles and visited more countries and spent longer outside the UK than any other year.

I’ve been to Malta, Germany, Netherlands and Moldova, with brief stops in Ukraine and Romania. The trip to Moldova was extraordinary. I spent time there with friends from the Tidings of Salvation Church in Chisinau and lived at their summer camp. They have a lot less than us in material resources, but so much more in determination and faith.

I had a just one day in the Netherlands including a stop in Demeter but it still rates as my favourite place to be. Malta was a special holiday, two weeks in the sun celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary.

Next year: my hopes are mainly with my family. I’m hoping the shop my wife manages can thrive. I’m praying for my son as he graduates, and then gets married in July – that will be the highlight of the year. I’m praying just as hard for my daughter who will also be graduating and looking for work.

Our church will be studying Mark’s gospel through the year and I’m about to spend a few weeks immersing myself in Mark. I’m looking forward to the challenge and preparing to have the Bible speak to me in new ways.
I’m hoping for a few things for myself in 2015: Develop my musical skills; write more, including this blog; lose weight (yeah, I know).

Oh, and this blog needs a name. All the good blogs have a name. Any ideas?

Thanks for following and have a great 2015.