A WhippleWerff Christmas
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Due to various travel issues, Todd and Amy were unable to connect on Christmas Eve to record their final two shows of the year. In this final installment, they recount these woes, then reflect on a year of December 26ths. With music by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Low!

Todd VanDerWerff and Amy Whipple - A WhippleWerff Christmas, Dec. 23, 2013: Santa Claus Conference Call
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Todd and Amy had a conference call with Santa, and it left them confused and disturbed by what exactly the big man’s intentions were. So they’ll talk about that for a while, then discuss their feelings on the My So-Called Life Christmas episode and how Todd screwed up his wife’s Christmas. With music by the Jackson 5 and Kate and Anna McGarrigle!

Todd VanDerWerff and Amy Whipple - A WhippleWerff Christmas, Dec. 21, 2013: Holiday Traditions Run Amok
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Todd and Amy talk about the holiday traditions they miss, Todd tells an embarrassing story about his childhood love of Home Alone, and Amy and her sister discuss the wonders of Frozen, all on a brand-new WhippleWerff with the GREATEST CLIFFHANGER EVER. With music by Ian Bostridge and the Polyphonic Spree!

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Todd and Amy haven’t been able to get it together for a podcast for a while now, but they’re reuniting today, and they’re bringing Amy’s sister with them, mostly so Todd can disappoint everybody by not liking Home Alone 2. Boooo! With music by Low and The Pogues!

Todd VanDerWerff and Amy Whipple - A WhippleWerff Christmas, Dec. 14, 2013: The Cinnamon Bear As Performed By Todd VanDerWerff
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Todd has often thought of an old Christmas-themed radio serial named The Cinnamon Bear with fondness, and as per always, he’s going to drag Amy down into his madness. Also, there will be some discussion of why American Christmas heroes don’t eat children like Iceland’s do. With music by Nick Lowe and Paddy O’Cinnamon!

Todd VanDerWerff and Amy Whipple - A WhippleWerff Christmas, Dec. 12 and 13, 2013: Icelandic Christmas X-Men
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Todd and Amy had to take a day off, but that’s no worry, because in that time, they learned that there ain’t no Christmas like an Icelandic Christmas because an Icelandic Christmas features some really shitty mythic X-Men. We’re not even kidding about this. With music by the Beach Boys and Sandler & Young!

Todd VanDerWerff and Amy Whipple - A WhippleWerff Christmas, Dec. 11, 2013: Todd Carves The Roast Beast
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Todd needs to plan a couple of Christmas feasts, so he’s asking Amy what he should do, which is too bad, because it’s not like Amy has the first idea or anything. Still, there will be much discussion of cooking techniques, and Todd will say the word “glaze” far, far too often. With music by the New Christy Minstrels and Nat King Cole!

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Todd and Amy always do a gift guide, and it’s always horribly disorganized. Well, this year is no different, as they come up with a bunch of possible ideas for you to buy but mostly just list books they’ve read and enjoy Todd reading things off the Internet. Stellar podcasting! With music by Bing Crosby and August Burns Red!

Todd VanDerWerff and Amy Whipple - A WhippleWerff Christmas, Dec. 9, 2013: Sleepytime Christmas Junction!
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Todd’s been carrying around in his heart all these years a dream of a magical Christmas village that he could live in, and he’s finally going to unburden himself of it to Amy. It’s called Sleepytime Christmas Junction, and it’s surely going to be our most horrifying episode ever. With music by Hank Thompson and Ashley MacIsaac!

Todd VanDerWerff and Amy Whipple - A WhippleWerff Christmas, Dec. 8, 2013: Whisper What You'll Bring To Me
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Todd and Amy turn their eyes toward the religious meaning of the holiday—though not all that intensely—with a full episode about the story of St. Nicholas, the European guy whose legend got warped and twisted into the story of Santa Claus. Also, they will leave gifts in your shoe. With music by Great Big Sea and Mahalia Jackson!