Happy New Year podcast world!
As you can see, I have finally dragged myself out from underneath the rock that was the holidays, which was full of cheer, family time, delicious home cooked meals and plenty of drinking. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to get anything productive done, but hey, that’s what the New Year is for, right? It’s about setting goals and good intentions, and I am so ready to start crushing mine!
Before we completely forget about all of the podcast greatness that is released around the holidays, I want to tell you about a few of my favorites from this year, because even though it’s the first week of January and I’ve kind of missed the boat, I still think they’re well worth listening to.
If some of you are sick to death of reading about how awesome I think NoSleep is…I DON’T CARE AND YOU’RE WRONG! This podcast KILLS at holiday specials (pun intended, obviously), and Christmas this year was no different.
Whether or not you’re a season pass member, you get access to over three hours of content, which was perfect for all of the back and forth driving I did this year. This episode tells six festive horror stories that will make you second guess your holiday decor’s intentions, and will certainly instill in you a deep fear of puppets.
If you listen to NoSleep regularly, you’ll recognize some of your favorite writers featured in this episode, who as usual, deliver some solid content. As great as the Christmas special was, I have to say that the Holiday Hiatus New Year’s Eve episode featuring author C.K. Walker with “The Things We See in the Woods” really did it for me.
There were so many things that I loved about it, including the chemistry between voice actors Jessica McEvoy & Peter Lewis, (who make an excellent duo in this story) and all of the feelings that the author just rips out of your chest. You will feel the feels, I promise.
Terrible, Thanks For Asking
If there was one word I had to use to describe this entire podcast, it would definitely have to be bittersweet. The title reminds us just how easy it is to say that you’re doing fine, even if you feel like you’re world has been turned inside out.
The podcast, hosted by Nora McInerny, is about being honest with how you’re feeling, and really talking about why that is. Terrible, Thanks For Asking will make you so sad, but I guarantee that you’ll also be laughing your ass off in that same episode.
The Happy(ish) Holidays I (released in 2016) and II (2017) episodes are pretty powerful in a lot of ways, but aren’t really meant to get you into the Christmas spirit. These episodes really focus on the difficulty some people experience around this time of year, and I feel like they invoke a sense of empathy and understanding for people who don’t react the way you expect them to around the holidays.
Instead of throwing judgement at someone not partaking in the festivities, you maybe realize instead that you really don’t know what’s going on in their lives and that patience and compassion can go a long way. I highly recommend these holiday episodes and can’t wait to listen to more of this podcast, but will probably wait until I feel emotionally stable enough to handle whatever Nora will throw into the mix!
If you’re looking for a good old, heart-warming and hopeful Christmas episode to remind you of true holiday spirit, The Truth’s “Mall Santa” episode is exactly what you need.
It’s a short 20 minute episode about a mall Santa who has lost his way since the days when malls were extravagantly decorated and a visit with Santa was highly anticipated by all the kids. Now that the popularity of online shopping has exploded, the importance of the mall Santa experience has diminished considerably, and Santa is feeling left out in the cold.
I’ve only recently started listening to The Truth, and I have to say I really enjoyed their holiday episode. It has a solid message of hope, and that small things can have a huge impact that bring people a lot of happiness. I’ll definitely be including this podcast with all the rest in my regular rotation of goodness for my head and my heart.
Now that the holidays have come and gone, I can get back into the swing of my regular routine, crush my new goals and listen to a lot more podcasts then I was able to over the craziness that has been the last few weeks. If you know of a great holiday special episode from your favorite podcast, I’d love to hear about it! Just comment below with your recommendation, or come and find me on Twitter or on Facebook.
Until next time friends, take care and keep listening!