No Subordinate Clauses Here

Bonus Episode: The Spirit of Christmas

At a Christmas Eve gathering, Blister, Muck, Spindle, Seltzer, Horchata, Rip and Gorgeous George argue about whether or not Santa Claus exists. Not even Madam Putreska can quash the quarrel. Everything changes with the arrival of an unexpected, yet gifted guest.

For the Curious

Check out these resources on the historical origins of Santa Claus-figures and midwinter celebrations:

“Five Surprising Facts about Christmas”

The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum

Holidays Around the World by Deborah Heiligman

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What does Santa do if his sleigh breaks down? He calls for a mistletow!

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Special thanks to Barry Spear and his resounding Christmas spirit! We could not have made today’s show without you. Roland Rudzitis composed the Blister Muck theme song. Additional music from Borrtex and phonograph songs from the public domain. Mike Koenig rolled the dice [1] [2] [3]. Felix Blume rolled the can. Other bells and whooshes from the public domain collection at Merriest Christmas wishes and Happiest New Year cheer to my family, friends, and fans. One for one and all for you!

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By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

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