12 Weeks of Christmas
By Angela Palumbo
Do you love Christmas? Are you looking for any excuse to escape this year and fast forward to the holidays? Well, look no further! This 12 week podcast will discuss a multitude of Christmas topics all leading up to the big day! Ho Ho Ho and a Merry 12 Weeks of Christmas!
HO HO HO and merry TWELFTH episode of 12 Weeks of Christmas the podcast! This is the final episode of the show and to wrap it all up, I talk about how my Christmas is looking this year and how my family is celebrating. I also throw on some classic Christmas songs for a jolly Christmas sing along! Lastly, we finish with our final story of Christmas hope and then a HUGE surprise for all of you lovely gingerbread people. Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for counting down the 12 Weeks of Christmas with me!
December 24, 2020
How to Get on the Nice List!
HO HO HO and merry 11th episode of 12 Weeks of Christmas the podcast! In this episode, I tell you how to get on the nice list! More specifically, we discuss four different charity organizations you can donate to during the holiday season, as well as the rest of the year. I also talk about what’s been new in my life, and we read a story of Christmas hope. I hope you enjoy this episode, and hit that follow button! Organizations links: https://www.toysfortots.org https://www.onesimplewish.org https://christmasspiritfoundation.com http://www.childsplaycharity.org
December 17, 2020
HO HO HO and merry TENTH episode of 12 Weeks of Christmas the podcast! This week, I want to help you think of some ideas on how some festive activities you can do while staying safe! We talk about different fun holiday activities for you and the whole family during 2020 that’ll get you all in the Christmas spirit. Then of course we finish off the show with a story of Christmas hope. Please follow the show, and enjoy! https://www.rd.com/list/christmas-miracles/ https://www.northpolellc.net
December 10, 2020
The Christmas Tree!
HO HO HO and Merry NINTH episode of 12 Weeks of Christmas the podcast! This week is all about the Christmas tree! We go over the history of the Christmas tree, some tree fun facts and then we discuss the long awaited debate: the real tree or the fake tree. Lastly we are going to listen to one of the best “stories” of Christmas hope yet! Please, if you don’t already, follow the show and enjoy! Mika's Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0cUgoGeImc&ab_channel=MikaYoung https://soundcloud.com/mika-young-722198836/nothing-quite-like-christmastime Links: https://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/10-interesting-facts-about-christmas-trees/339898 https://bestlifeonline.com/christmas-tree-facts/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/209249/purchase-figures-for-real-and-fake-christmas-trees-in-the-us/
December 03, 2020
The Joy of Gift Giving!
HO HO HO and merry EIGHTH episode of 12 Weeks of Christmas the podcast! This week, we go through the joys of gift giving (even though it can be SO stressful). This episode is filled with information about the big box stores and their plans for handling Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales during the chaos of 2020 to get YOU ready for a successful holiday shopping experience. I go over how shopping at the stores is probably going to look this year. I also go through different stores' plans for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, my tips for shopping during the Christmas season, the tips of the listeners on how you all shop, and the hot gifts of 2020! We of course finish off with another story of Christmas hope. Please give this podcast a follow, and enjoy! https://www.northpolellc.net https://www.popsci.com/story/reviews/cyber-monday/ https://www.cnet.com/news/best-black-friday-2020-deals-available-now-229-apple-watch-se-190-airpods-pro-30-pressure-cooker-and-more/ https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/money/a33754769/is-black-friday-cancelled-2020-date-hours-details/ https://www.thebalance.com/stop-making-holiday-shopping-mistakes-2385835 https://cafemom.com/lifestyle/194016-13_reallife_miracles_that_show
November 19, 2020
HO HO HO and merry SEVENTH episode of 12 Weeks of Christmas the podcast! This week, we discuss some of my favorite and least favorite Christmas traditions regularly practiced in America! We go into the history of these traditions, and how they came to be what they are today. I also read some of the traditions you all told me you participate in with your families! Then, I read the best story of Christmas hope so far (grab the tissue box for this one my little gingerbread people). Please follow the show, and enjoy! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/krampus-could-come-you-holiday-season-180957438/ https://www.thespruce.com/christmas-traditions-etiquette-1216448 https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/cards.shtml https://time.com/5471873/mistletoe-kiss-christmas/ https://money.cnn.com/2017/11/21/smallbusiness/elf-on-the-shelf/index.html https://www.bustle.com/articles/198836-why-do-we-do-secret-santa-the-history-of-this-holiday-tradition-explains-why-its-so
November 12, 2020
Christmas Around the World!
HO HO HO and merry SIXTH episode of 12 Weeks of Christmas the podcast! This week, we discuss Christmas around the world! First, I talk about some new Christmas albums that came out since my Christmas music episode a few weeks back. Then, I talk about several countries and their strange/different holiday traditions. I learned a lot and I hope you do too! Lastly, I tell a story of Christmas hope. Please follow the show, and enjoy! https://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/christmas-around-the-world.html https://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/germany.shtml https://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g4933/christmas-traditions-around-the-world/ https://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/mexico.shtml https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/worlds-weirdest-christmas-traditions/ https://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g4933/christmas-traditions-around-the-world/ https://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g4933/christmas-traditions-around-the-world/
November 05, 2020
How to Eat Like Santa!
HO HO HO and merry FIFTH episode of 12 Weeks of Christmas the podcast! On today's episode I talk about Christmas food from around the world. We will learn about holiday meals eaten in different states in the US, as well as countries including Australia, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, South Africa and the UK! I also discuss what my family eats during Christmas, and what some of you guys eat! As always, we finish up with a story of Christmas hope. Please give this podcast a follow, and enjoy! https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/thanksgiving-traditions/ https://www.thekitchn.com/an-irish-christmas-christmas-around-the-world-198516 https://www.thekitchn.com/an-irish-christmas-christmas-around-the-world-198516 https://theculturetrip.com/europe/ireland/articles/a-guide-to-irish-christmas-foods/ https://www.thespruceeats.com/bunuelos-fried-mexican-food-2342985 https://www.visitoslo.com/en/articles/christmas-traditions/ https://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/south_africa.shtml https://www.delish.com/food-news/g25134921/most-iconic-christmas-dish-in-your-state/?slide=1 https://www.theepochtimes.com/christmas-stories-told-in-food-2_2735528.html
October 29, 2020
HO HO HO and merry FOURTH episode of the 12 Weeks of Christmas podcast! On today's episode we are going to have a christmas music dance party! I discuss my least favorite to favorite Christmas music, who I think the king and queen of Christmas music are, and some of your favorite and least favorite Christmas songs. Then, I am joined by Cai Pigliucci and Cheyenne Ligon to discuss their opinions on different Christmas music. Finally, I of course read a story of Christmas hope submitted by one of you lovely gingerbread people! Please give this podcast a follow, and enjoy! Sources: https://www.songfacts.com https://www.npr.org/2010/11/19/131412133/the-story-behind-have-yourself-a-merry-little-christmas https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/music/a8534458/mariah-careys-all-i-want-for-christmas-is-you-facts/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrapped_in_Red
October 22, 2020
Ho Ho Ho and merry THIRD episode of the 12 Weeks of Christmas podcast! This week, we will be discussing everything Christmas movies. I talk about when I watch Christmas movies, and what my least favorite to favorite holiday movies are. I will also be reviewing some listeners thoughts on the Christmas movies they like and don't like. After that, I am so excited to welcome the second guest on the podcast, my old film criticism teacher and new friend, Mr. Jeremy Doran. Mr. Doran is a film junky, and gives us some great insight on what makes a great Christmas film, and the ones he loves and hates. We will of course finish up with a story of Christmas hope. Please give this podcast a follow, and enjoy! This is the article I read for my story of Christmas Hope!
October 15, 2020
HO HO HO and merry SECOND episode of the 12 Weeks of Christmas podcast! This week, we will be discussing how to make sure YOUR home is decorated to the nines for the holiday season! I'll tell you my advice as a past retail worker on when and where to shop for your Christmas decorations. Then, I'm joined by the FIRST guest on 12 Weeks of Christmas, the lovely Keira Wingate, who will be discussing her tips and tricks on how to stay trendy when styling your home this year! Finally, we finish off with a story of Christmas hope. Please give this podcast a follow, and enjoy! Here is the story of Christmas hope I read!
October 08, 2020
What Christmas Means to Me!
HO HO HO and merry FIRST episode of the 12 Weeks of Christmas podcast! I'm so excited to welcome you all to the first official episode. This week, I go through an introduction on myself, why I created this podcast, my favorite parts of Christmas and why this holiday is so important, especially in 2020. I also give a brief overview of the history of Christmas, and discuss how the holiday evolved from Saturnalia to what we celebrate today! Finally, I read a Christmas story of hope in honor of our incredible essential workers. Please give this podcast a follow, and I hope you enjoy! Here is the article I used for the history of Christmas! Here is the article I used for the hopeful Christmas story!
October 01, 2020
Teaser for 12 Weeks of Christmas!
Welcome to 12 Weeks of Christmas everyone! After one of the hardest years the world has ever seen, I've decided it's time for everyone to get ready for the holiday season! This is a short series that will run for 12 weeks, from October 1st to December 24th, in honor of the traditional 12 days of Christmas countdown. Each episode we'll discuss different topics, ranging from the best Christmas music to Holiday meals that are sure to kick the stockings off your guests feet! I will also be ending each episode with a story of hope to remind everyone what the holiday season is really all about. Join me each week to get away from the chaos of 2020, and sit back, relax, and have a jolly good time!
September 17, 2020