CWFC 028 – The History of Christmas Cards and the Top 5 Christmas Smells

  • Posted on September 25, 2017 at 12:47 am

In this episode, you’ll learn the history of the Christmas card, learn Tim’s top 5 favorite Christmas smells, get a little Christmas now from the radio, decide who sang Silver Bells best, and hear more in the great Die Hard Debate.

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00:00 – 01:37 Intro
01:37 – 02:42 We Need a little Christmas now
02:42 – 05:30 Five Golden Things (Christmas Smells)
05:30 – 06:59 Feedback On Our Last Show
06:59 – 09:31 All I Want For Christmas is News
09:31 – 15:51 History of the Christmas Card
15:51 – 18:35 Who Sang It Best (Silver Bells)
18:35 – 22:47 Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie?
22:47 – 25:06 Wrap Up
25:06 – 29:10 Outtakes

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” United States Marine Band
“Jingle Bells” Performed by Kristen Nowicki

(The embedded player for the episode is bellow the poll and links)
Silver Bells WSIB Poll

All Things Christmas’ Hallmark Channel Movie Guide
http://www.allthingschristmas.com/christmas-movies/hallmark-christmas-movies-2017-full-schedule/

Magic 105 WLQT-DB
http://wlqtdb.stormsignalradio.com/

First Christmas Card (Customizeable)
https://www.zazzle.com/the_first_christmas_card_1873-256244649531531207

Additional Info on Christmas Cards:
https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/cards.shtml
http://christmaspastpodcast.com/christmas-cards/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-christmas-card-180957487/

New Christmas Card Designs in the Can’t Wait For Christmas Store
(More coming soon)
https://www.zazzle.com/collections/2017_christmas_cards-119860719735057605

Tim Babb at Rooster T. Feathers for Nerd Night with Don McMillan (October 18, 2017)
http://roostertfeathers.laughstub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=493327

Tim Babb at Rooster T. Feathers with Shane Torres (Nov 2 – 5)
http://roostertfeathers.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=494251

7 Comments on CWFC 028 – The History of Christmas Cards and the Top 5 Christmas Smells

  1. Jennifer Lundgren says:

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with having Christmas Movies for people who normally do not like Christmas. The year of my divorce I was not feeling very Christmassy, that was the year of Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Gremlins, and Long Kiss Goodnight.

  2. marcia poppins says:

    Great podcast!! I happen to know this Tim Babb, and he makes GREAT Christmas cards, be they reboots of the original or originals with no boots. One year he made such a terrific Christmas card that I sent out 65 of them!! Also, he was right on the nose with the Christmas smells. Even though it took ALOT of time, I used to get a perfectly shaped tangerine and poke whole cloves in it. It looked cute and smelled SOOOO GOOD. I can’t wait for next month’s podcast.

    • Adam Parker says:

      Yes I love making little pomanders to decorate my house with!

      However, last year one must have not been ‘cloved’ or dry enough and it rotted in my Christmas box so when December came, the whole box smelt like a sewer….

  3. Miles Vinson says:

    For those of you who have KODI, there is a video addon titled “CHRISTMAS”. It has a lot of Christmas stuff on it – music, movies, etc. Under the “Christmas Movies” section there are links to watch many Christmas movies many of which have been sort of lost or missing from the mainstream for years. There are evens links to watch 1979’s John Denver and the Muppets – “A CHRISTMAS TOGETHER” and also “A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS” from 1987.

    On another note, even though I still did not meet my goal of September 1st to start the work of setting up our family’s Christmas tree, which usually involves replacing hundreds of bulbs (it’s a prelit 12 footer), I did get started earlier than ever this year – September 23rd. I always try to have the decorations all set up by the first weekend in November so we can take family pictures at home in time to use in our Christmas cards. If you would see our home all decked out you’d understand – It looks like a Christmas card!

    I have an idea for the podcast. How about a list of the worst Christmas movies ever? I’ll get the ball rolling by nominating “CHRISTMAS VACATION 2”. This movie ranks right down there along with “THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL”. LOL

    Anyway, Tim, keep up the good work. I love your podcast and look forward to it every month.

  4. Kathryn Bach says:

    Wonderful podcast! My 9 year old daughter loves listening and counts down the days until the next episode.
    The other month she mentioned we still need to watch Die Hard so she could put in her thoughts on if it’s a Christmas movie and I said ‘NO, I don’t think so’. It is not a kids movie. So she decided since kids can’t watch Die Hard then it must not be a Christmas movie. How can it be a Christmas movie if the whole family can’t watch it? We are definitely on the yippie ki nay side.

  5. Julie says:

    Gremlins takes place during Christmas!

  6. Glen Warren says:

    Here are a few Christmas/Non-Christmas movies: Lemon Drop Kid (1951) starring Bob Hope. The Lemon Drop Kid (Bob Hope), a New York City swindler, is illegally touting horses at a Florida racetrack. The Kid touts across a beautiful woman intending to bet $2,000 on a horse named Iron Bar. Rigging a con, the Kid convinces her to switch her bet, but learns that she was betting for boyfriend and notorious gangster Moose Moran (Fred Clark). When the horse finishes dead last, a furious Moran demands the Kid pay him $10,000 (the amount he would have won) by Christmas Eve, or the Kid “won’t make it to New Year’s.” The Kid convinces people to part with their money because it’s Christmas and it’s really easy to get people to part with their cash during the holidays.

    Another: Holiday Inn (1941) with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. There are musical numbers for the major holidays: Christmas, Valentines, Easter, July 4th. There’s even a cringe-worthy scene in blackface, but I think it was cut out when the film was re-released. Note: The song White Christmas is featured in this film and is considered the first time it was sung as White Christmas came out in 1954.

    Another: The Apartment (1960) with Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, and Shirley MacLaine. Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray). Parts of this movie take place during the office Christmas party and New Years, so you could count this as a Christmas film.

    Just throwing another Yule log on the fire. 🙂
    Glen

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