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A salute to all holiday specials, but mostly the Christmas ones. Every December, host Mike Westfall and friends discuss their favorite Christmas and holiday TV specials and commercials.

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    The Adventures of the American Rabbit

    Chad Young from the Horror Movie BBQ drops in for a star-spangled surprise look at 1986’s The Adventures of the American Rabbit, starring the voices of Donatello, Baby Piggy, and King Triton.

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    The First Easter Rabbit

    Surprise bonus episode! Mike and returning guest Brandon Medley discuss the 1976 Rankin/Bass special, “The First Easter Rabbit,” starring Burl Ives, Robert Morse, and Paul Frees.

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    A Christmas Carol Cast Draft

    In the season finale, the Advent Calendar is haunted by 3 spirited guests — Joey O., Sue London, and Jonathan MacFarlane — as we each draft our own casts of “A Christmas Carol” from a pool of characters from Christmas past.

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    Pennsylvania Lottery Christmas Commercial

    Joey O. is back in the Advent Calendar House with one of his favorite Christmas commercials: A Pennsylvania Lottery take on the Twelve Days of Christmas that had a whole commonwealth singing “FIVE CASH FIVES” for decades.

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    A Rugrats Chanukah

    It’s our first annual Hanukkah episode featuring guest Sarah Shay! We follow the Rugrats on their mission to stop the “Meanie of Chanukah” and make him take a nap, counting all the Yiddish words and misspoken “babyisms” along the way.

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    Fruity Pebbles Christmas Commercial

    Ho-ho-ho, I’m hu-hu-hungry! Joey O. returns for a look at Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles commercials of Christmas past for the answer the burning question: How do cavemen know about Christmas?

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    The Gift of Winter

    Chad Young of the Horror Movie BBQ drops by for a rare look at a 1974 Canadian Christmas special which introduces the color characters better-known from its Halloween sequel, Witch’s Night Out.

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    Honey Nut Cheerios Scrooge Commercial

    In a Christmas commercial mini-episode, Joey O. of Y-Not Radio stops by to celebrate one of our favorite portrayals of Scrooge, whose icy heart is thawed by the taste of golden honey and crunchy nuts.

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    A Muppet Family Christmas

    To mark the 30th anniversary of “A Muppet Family Christmas,” Carlin Trammel from the Nerd Lunch Podcast drops by as we try to get a head count of how many Muppets can fit inside one farmhouse.

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    Frosty the Snowman

    Happy birthday! In our pilot episode, guest Brandon Medley airs his grievances against the 1969 Rankin/Bass classic “Frosty the Snowman.” Plus, find out how to easily escape a locked greenhouse, and when your trash stops legally belonging to you.

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