Advent Calendar House - TV Holiday & Christmas Specials

Advent Calendar House - TV Holiday & Christmas Specials

A salute to all TV holiday specials, but mostly the Christmas ones. Revisit 12 holiday classics and not-so-classics each December and July.

Episodes

July 23, 2021 81 min

We close out another countdown to Christmas in July with a sleigh ride back to the Stone-Age Year of Our Lord 1977 to watch Santa fall off the roof and a guy who acts like a caveman take over his job.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/a-flintstone-christmas.  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), loudly demanding an audience with Santa Claus.  

Gerry Davila (@...

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🦃 We’re talking turkey as we dig up and dig in to a 1983 Thanksgiving special from puppeteer Paul Fusco, the creator of ALF.  

Find links and complete show notes at: https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/a-thanksgiving-tale  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), nearsighted, hard-of-hearing turkey with a dream of making it in showbiz.  

Chad Young (@HorrorMovieBBQ), a rat I promised $3 t...

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July 19, 2021 70 min

Get your frying pan ready and join us on a journey to what feels like 60 million years ago back to 1991 to observe the most wonderful time of the year for the Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaurs, which by some Fridge Day miracle is the Advent Calendar House’s first TGIF episode. ?

Full show notes with links at:?https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/dinosaurs-refrigerator-day ?

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July 17, 2021 79 min

I know what we’re going to podcast about today, so get ready for a toboggan ride without even getting out of bed back to 2009 to watch Phineas and Ferb save their very nice town’s Christmas Vacation.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/phineas-and-ferb-christmas-vacation.  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), swinging from the rooftops on a string of Christmas light...

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It’s Garbage Day! Join us as we look happily deranged back to 1996 to follow Pete and Pete’s brother, Pete, on their mission to keep the Christmas spirit alive for as long as possible, and keep their Christmas tree safe from the evil Garbageman. ?

Find full show notes and links at: https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/adventures-of-pete-and-pete-o-christmas-pete ?

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July 13, 2021 81 min

🎃 It’s spooky time as we wheel our paraphernalia wagon back to 1977 for a Grinch Night we’ll never forget.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/halloween-is-grinch-night  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), fuzzy pink endangered species being chased down a mountain for existing.  

James Riley (@yourbuddyspooky), my personal Grinch alarm warden.  

Ethan...

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Happy Back to the Future Day! Set your time circuits to 1845 by way of 1991 for a special Christmas in July episode of the Back to the Future Saturday morning cartoon, featuring hologram clothes, the hoverboard equivalent to texting while driving, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.  

The actually animated segments of the animated series feature Dan Castelleneta as Doc, plus the return of Thomas F. Wilson (Batman: The Animated Series) as ...

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July 9, 2021 83 min

Take a sleigh ride back to 2014 as the fate of Christmas is in the hands of Murray Weiner (rhymes with diner), from the hidden hometown of every holiday mascot… but mostly the American ones.  

Full episodes with links at: https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/how-murray-saved-christmas  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), suffering from superficial fractures of his little baby toeses.  

Michael Di...

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Hop, hop, hop with us back to 1981 for our first trip to Bear Country, which it turns out was built on top of the Easter Bunny’s industrial nightmare factory.  

Find full show notes and links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/berenstain-bears-easter-surprise  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), a giant vat of chocolate shaped like an enormous baby chick.  

Alan Johnson (@AlanJ), about t...

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We’re mysteriously floating back to 1983 on an unseasonably warm Christmas adventure through Mexico on a Saturday morning cartoon that lasted a shorter amount of time than the fad it tried to cash in on.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/rubik-the-amazing-cube-christmas  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), surprisingly energetic village granny.  

Gerry Davila (@RadCh...

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July 3, 2021 70 min

By special request, this episode of the official podcast of teaching aliens about Christmas takes you on a domesticated goose chase back to 1977 through the first fully animated feature by Canadian studio Nelvana.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/a-cosmic-christmas  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), excitable mayor shouting at everyone else to remain calm.  

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July 1, 2021 61 min

It’s time for toys and time for cheer as the Advent Calendar House begins another 12-episode countdown to Christmas in July, starting by rewinding at twice the normal speed back to 1981 to revisit the Christmas special that helped kick off the revival of Alvin and the Chipmunks.  

Full show notes with links at: https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/a-chipmunk-christmas  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwes...

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December 24, 2020 69 min

It’s Christmas Eve in the Advent Calendar House as we walk through a ring of fire back to 1982 to dance with the Smurfs and watch goodness make the badness go away.  

Full show notes with links at: https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/smurfs-christmas-special  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), my dear mother’s recipe for making life miserable.  

Thom Crowe (@thomcrowe), a very wise man with...

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December 22, 2020 65 min

Buckle up for a 2-dimensional flight back to 1999 revisit a Matt Groening-produced special starring the voices of Drew Barrymore, Joe Pantoliano, Dan Castellaneta, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus 4 years before Elf.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/olive-the-other-reindeer  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), unemployed penguin ready to make you a deal on an extreme...

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December 20, 2020 87 min

Venture into the uncanny valley on a trip back to 2009 to rewatch Disney’s motion capture nightmare starring 4 Jim Carreys, 3 Gary Oldmans, 2 Robin Wrights, and a Cary Elwes in a pear shape.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/disneys-a-christmas-carol  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), a touch cross-eyed and mysteriously shrinking for no reason.  

Matt Weiland ...

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December 18, 2020 57 min

We’re skating on thin ice back to 1993 for a very educational trip to Bluffington in an episode of Doug that I forgot was a Christmas episode I was watching for the podcast.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/dougs-christmas-story  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), bitter ousted politician with a microphone and a self-help line.  

Greg Stevens (@pop_arena),...

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December 16, 2020 53 min

On this episode of the official holiday podcast for people who hate all humans — which, in 2020, is most of us — we dance to the beat of our own drum back to 1968 and back into the Rankin/Bass universe for their stop-motion follow-up to Rudolph.  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), cross-eyed juggling stereotype.  

Brandon Medley (@brandmed), king of the desert showmen, from Star Weirdos.  

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CONTENT WARNING: This podcast discusses a 1960 episode of The Jack Benny Program in which a character shoots himself offscreen.  

Join us as we second-, third-, and fourth-guess ourselves back to 1960 to go Christmas shopping with Jack Benny, the last televised version of a longtime radio favorite.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/jack-benny-christmas-shopping  

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December 12, 2020 57 min

We’re responsibly deforesting our way back to 1980 to dig up the first appearance of early Disney Channel imports The Raccoons and the greedy Cyril Sneer.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/the-christmas-raccoons  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), generous married couple’s permanent houseguest in a tree that’s clearly bigger on the inside.  

Michael DiGiovanni ...

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December 10, 2020 54 min

We noisily snowmobile back to 1995 to try and figure out what everyone’s yelling about in Nickelodeon’s first Hanukkah special, created by Marc Weiner and his puppets who can’t stop screaming.  

Full show notes with links at https://adventcalendar.house/episodes/weinerville-chanukah-special  

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Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), cheap Stormtrooper ripoff who wouldn’t look out of place in a Devo video...

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