Traditionally Speaking

Traditionally Speaking

Do you wish Christmas could last the whole year - wherever you live? In this festively-themed podcast, Scottish writer Tom Christie and America's favourite Santa Claus, Joe Moore, chat about the different Christmas traditions that are celebrated in their respective countries. With a new topic in every episode, they explore the similarities, the differences, the legends and the downright eccentric!


September 15, 2022 22 min

The baking and decorating of gingerbread houses has become an established festive tradition both in Scotland and in America. But where do their origins come from? The answer may be more ancient than you think! And what is your favourite way to decorate your own gingerbread house? Find out more about these distinctive festive treats in the latest discussion with Tom and Joe.

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Christingles are a symbolic expression of the Christmas story which are popular throughout Europe but have yet to make much of an impact in North America. How did these brightly-lit Nativity-themed decorations become such a well-loved tradition, and how did they end up raising millions of pounds for charitable causes?  

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July 8, 2022 14 min

Christmas crackers are a famous mainstay of British Christmas dinners, but they are largely unheard of in the USA. What made the cracker such a popular fixture in the UK, and why have they still to catch on in most of North America?

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July 8, 2022 13 min

Tom Christie and Santa Joe Moore welcome you to "Traditionally Speaking", their new podcast where they will be discussing all things Christmas on both sides of the Atlantic. Join them as they introduce the main themes of the podcast and give a taste of topics to come.

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July 8, 2022 19 min

Who doesn't love Christmas cookies? Yet this traditional treat has a long history, and holds a few surprises you might never have heard about. What is it about the Christmas cookie that has made it such a perennial favorite all across the world?

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