It's Advent 2020, and Christmas cheer has exploded onto the scene. Everywhere you look Bing Crosby seems to be puking red and green glitter onto everyone's front lawn earlier and louder than ever before. Obviously we need a bit of joy in our lives, and an inflatable snowman riding a reindeer into a candy cane castle is certainly preferable to the cardboard cut-outs of Depression and Isolation that might offer more accurate season's greetings this year. But wait! No, seriously...wait. Dizzy & Ges are here to remind you that in the midst of all this pre-joy, the real theme of the first week of Advent is HOPE. And that's a good one for 2020! So pour yourself a cup of something cheerful (but save the good stuff for later), and join us for Episode 83 - Hope vs. Nope
Episode 82 – What Just Happened?
Last time Dizzy & Ges settled in to have a bit of a pod, the COVID pandemic was still fresh and new and going by the handle of "coronavirus." Then, we nestled down for a long summer's nap, and before we knew it the long slog of Ordinary Time was drawing to a close! So now it's time (well, very much past time, in fact) to dust off the old microphone and get back to work. As Advent approaches, join us in raising a glass to give thanks and look back at the long and winding road that brought us to the dark and strange and hopefully hopeful mystery that will be Advent 2020. It's Episode 82 - What Just Happened?
Episode 74 – Gluttony
Here at Church Drunk, we love cocktails (just calling it like we see it), the baby Jesus (especially during this time of year), and good books, and music that inspires, and a great movie on a rainy day, and so much else. But when the calendar creeps into the 20's of December, we also know that it's all about the food. Well, I mean, of course it's all about the baby Jesus...and the food! So grab a snack (and a refreshing beverage of your choice) and join us as we wrap up Advent with suggestions about "something to nosh" on Episode 74 - Gluttony!
Episode 73 – The Stupidest Angels
Nothing says "Advent" like a crackling fire, the warm glow of a well-lit tree (or, you know, a very large Advent wreath), Bing Crosby crooning on the radio (or, you know, bluetooth speaker or whatever), the smell of Christmas cookies wafting through the air...and the perfect book in your hands. Well, all that plus, like, the baby Jesus, the prophecies of Isaiah, being surrounded by loved ones, novenas, antiphons, and whatnot. Okay, so Advent can get busy. But the perfect book can be your moment of zen at the end of a full day of Adventing. So join Dizzy & Ges for an exploration of all things holiday book nerdish on Episode 73 - The Stupidest Angels!
Episode 72 – The Advent Watch List
It's week 2 of Advent, and we're moving from last week's "something to hear" to a new list of "something to watch." So put your favorite Christmas movie on in the background, pour yourself a cup o' nog, and join Dizzy & Ges for a bit of back-and-forth about the spiritual merits of Home Alone 1 vs. Home Alone 2 (and other holiday classics) in Episode 72 - The Advent Watch List!
Episode 71 – Advent Drinking Songs
'Tis the season to be Advent...ish. Adventy? Adventist? Wait, no. That can't be right. Unless you actually are an Adventist, in which case you're always in season. And this has gotten awkward. But hey, after taking almost all of Ordinary Time off, can you blame us for being a bit rusty here at Church Drunk? In any event, we're back, and it is officially one of our very favorite seasons. So pour yourself something joyful, and join Dizzy & Ges to ring in the start of Catholic New Year with Episode 71 of our little podcast: Advent Drinking Songs!
Episode 55 – Drinking with St. Nick
It's officially the shortest week of Advent and arguably the greatest week of the whole year! Before opening your presents and sit down to your Christmas turkey/goose/ham/prime rib/tofu (don't want to leave out our vegetarian brethren!), join Dizzy & Ges for a tipsy look back at our Advent journey, and raise a glass to the hope that Christmas brings!
Episode 54 – Keep Your O!
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of holiday chaos, it can be a challenge to keep your eyes on the prize. But December the 25th is coming, and Dizzy & Ges are here to light your way to a truly joyful Christmas as we continue our Advent Examen. Pour yourself a cup of cheer and join us as we keep our O (it's not as dirty as you think!).
Episode 53 – The Magical Advent Calendar
Church Drunk's big ol' Ignatian Advent Examen adventure continues as Dizzy & Ges step out of the darkness and into the light. Join us as we wait in joyful, inebriated hope...and also discuss magical Advent calendars!
Episode 52 – Dark Sarcasm
Well, here we are once again. As we head into the short days and long nights of winter, a new liturgical year dawns with the arrival of Advent. And while there is hope and joy (and egg nog...soooo much egg nog!) just on the horizon, we here at Church Drunk know that you've got to walk through the darkness to get to the light at the end of the tunnel. So pour yourself something opaque and join Dizzy & Ges for a bit of seasonal darkness as we continue our Advent Examen!