Hot Christmas (Bonus Episode)

It’s that time of year again (kind of)! Christmas in July is upon us, so take a break from the godawful heat and smothering humidity to enjoy some outtakes from Season One of A Podcast For Christmas. We’ll be back this fall with more weather-appropriate banter to put you in that cookie-baking, stocking-hanging, crippling-anxiety-at-the-thought-of-spending-hours-with-family-members-who-vote-wrong-and-don’t-mind-telling-you-why spirit!

This ‘Christmas Sweater’ Does Not Spark Joy

***SPOILERS AHEAD*** There’s an old saying: “Never kiss a man in a Christmas sweater.” Okay, maybe it’s not an old saying, or a saying at all, but Maggie (Ashley Williams) sure seems to think it is! She’s a schoolteacher on a snowy military base who “accidentally” beats a Christmas-sweater-wearing architect named Lucas (Niall Matter) nearly to death with the business end of a Douglas fir. Now Lucas is out of commission and Maggie is feeling guilty. Luckily, there’s only one way to rebalance the universe when you’ve broken a stranger’s ankle: Lock him up in your guest hose and force-feed him gingerbread Frank Lloyd Wrights until he falls in love with you! What could go Frank Lloyd Wrong? Find out on another death-defying hour of A Podcast For Christmas!

’12th Date’ Rolls Up a Buche de Noel Full of Charm

***SPOILERS AHEAD*** Next up in our yuletide safari through the jungle of jingle is On the 12th Date of Christmas, in which Iowa native Jennifer (Mallory Jansen) tries to make a name for herself as a game creator in cutthroat Chicago while butting heads with Aidan (Tyler Hynes), her reluctant and standoffish collaborator. As part of a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt game, they are all but forced to spend a romantic week together, even as they vie for the same promotion. Do sparks begin to fly? Is there baking involved? Are mulled spices on the menu? Find out on another thrilling hour of A Podcast For Christmas!

Love Grows Where ‘Jingle Bell Bride’ Goes

***SPOILERS AHEAD*** First up in our jaunt through this season’s quaint and cozy offerings is Jingle Bell Bride, in which an ambitious New York wedding planner (Julie Gonzalo) finds herself marooned in deepest Alaska. The chilly frontier is made warmer by the welcoming locals, one of whom is a handsome flower merchant (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) whose easygoing manner might be just what our misplaced Manhattanite needs. All this and an elephant dart full of Christmas cheer on this episode of A Podcast For Christmas!

Introducing: A Podcast For Christmas

It’s that time of year again! And what better way to close out one of the most surreal years in human memory than with a deep dive down some of the most wholesome rabbit holes basic cable has to offer? Join hosts Angela Harmon and Mike Fisher as they traverse the glittering, peppermint-scented landscape of late-capitalist Americana that is the Hallmark Christmas movie. Every week, we sample another of Hallmark Channel’s maddeningly approachable wares and weigh it on our very scientific scale to see just how snowy, small-towny, and downright Christmassy it is. So hop into your elfin jam-jams, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, pop a few Lexapro, and let’s jingle!