Weird Christmas Elves with Linda Raedisch


WC Podcast #18: Christmas Elves with Linda Raedisch

As if writing one of my favorite books about Christmas lore (The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year) wasn’t enough, Linda Raedisch just came out with a book about the forgotten history of elf legends: The Lore of Old Elfland: Secrets from the Bronze Age to Middle Earth. So why not have her on the podcast again to talk about Christmas elves…a discussion that goes way beyond Santa and the North Pole.

Get her books at Amazon or Llewellyn:

The Danish anthropologist she mentioned is Peter Glob.

Some of the cards with Halloween fairies are here.

The bumper music was “I’m an Elf” (Dan Crow) and “Never Fall in Love With an Elf” (Amy Spanger).

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Weird Christmas: Weird Christmas Flash Fiction (Contest winners)

1st prize: “He is Coming to Town” by Douglas Jensen

2nd prize: “The Loss Not Found” by Sherry Morris

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

  • “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Barbara Tarkowksa
  • “Relief Santa” by Nycki Blatchley
  • “Christmas Wishes” by Angelle McDougall
  • “The Pooped Elf” by Benito Cereno
  • “Aglow” by September Herrin
  • “Oh Holey Night” by Kelsey Hontz
  • “The Stars Over Casper, Texas” by S.E. Casey
  • “Waiting for Santa” by Linda Raedisch
  • “Christmas Fair” by Michelle Christophorou
  • “The Hamrammr” by Jan Kaneen

You can read the stories at the post on my website here.

Thanks to Old Man Freakboy (@OldManFreakboy) from “Hey You Kids Get Off My Lawn!” Please please please go listen to this year’s (2018) holiday special show here. It’s listening greatness.

Thanks as well to Brian Earl (@XmasPastPodcast) from Christmas Past for helping out last minute to narrate a story for me. Like I said, I owe you a favor. And everyone else owes themselves a favor by listening to this year’s episodes.

Intro music: “Santa Claus is a Monster” by Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats.

Check out the Christmas Podcast Network for more Christmas podcasts. This time, I gave a shout out to Christmas Creeps.

Weird Christmas: Xmas Comics with Benito Cereno

Benito Cereno is a comic book writer, Christmas author, and fount of knowledge. He shares suggestions for unusual Christmas reading and talks about some ambitious Christmas fiction projects.

Get the full show notes here.

You can also visit WeirdChristmas.com for all the Christmas weirdness you can handle.

Links to everything we mentioned on the show:

Opening music by Brian Conover, “Christmas Time and Comic Book Men.”

Outro music by @MysteryMammal, from Xmas in Space.