"Candlenights 2017" was originally released on December 26, 2017.
Here we are again, friends, with our beloved annual swear-free episode of MBMBaM. Gather those you love around the Podcast Victrola and enjoy.
Suggested Talking Points
Rockin' Randy the Safe Sex Santa, Proof that Trickle Down Economics Works, The Grinch Totally Naked, Drinking Frosty the Snowman.
00:00 - Clint, fresh from surgery, warms up the crowd
11:32 - For the past few years, my mother-in-law has been getting me presents for Christmas. These presents are always very religious-based. For instance, I've received a framed photo of Jesus, holy water, etc. The problem is I am not religious in the slightest. These presents always end up sitting in a box in my basement or in a donation bin at Goodwill. What would be the best way for me to get my mother-in-law to stop wasting her money on presents I will never use? - Insistent In-Law Conundrum
How could you probably react if you see the Grinch totally naked?
OR:How could you probably react if Big Foot is so horny that he needs you that badly?
19:10 - We gave some very close friends a housewarming gift. It was an embroidered thing my wife had made (commissioned, not made ourselves) to commemorate their wedding day - it was nice. They later passed on a gift to us after we had a kid; a book and some clothes - very nice and thoughtful - and also the embroidered thing that we gave them; that was in the gift bag too. How do you tactfully regift an ungifted gift? - Not Santa
31:03 - Y - Sent in by Brooke Strickland, from Yahoo Answers user Dougie, who asks:
If your in hospital over Christmas what happens to all of the sick people when the hospital closes Christmas day?
I have always wondered this.
Update: Or is it just that certain hospitals don't celebrate Christmas? I was in the hospital the other day visiting my nan and there was Christmas trees all around the place so I don't get why they don't close.
34:03 - Both my bosses are hunters. They recently asked me if I was a hunter as well. My social anxiety kicked in and I said yes. I do not hunt. I do not want to hunt. I don't know why I said yes. They talk about hunting a lot with me, and I've just been faking my way through the conversations. The problem is, they are now planning an expensive moose hunting trip to Canada and they want me to join them. How do I get out of this trip without letting them know I am a socially awkward liar? - Hunting for Help in New York
What would happen if you were to drink the water that was from where frosty snowman melted?
44:50 - I work in a planetarium, and we used to do this show about the Christmas star. There was a really epic part at the climax of the show where we would bring up a light behind the dome and it would illuminate this wonderful light-up plastic nativity set scene. The wise men follow the star to the action. We don't do this show any more, but we would get a new nativity set every year. I now have a catwalk full of nativity figurines. What can I do with them that is better than illuminating them at the climax of our show? - Charissa
I have a Christmas party that I have to go to next week. There are a bunch of people I know that I've known my entire life, and then there are three people that I have known for a year and I only see once a year at this Christmas party, and we're supposed to get gifts for everybody. What in the world do I get these people that I don't really even know? - Jim (who knows Charissa)
50:58 - During this festive season, I like to tell people positive things I feel about them, but my problem is that if I emotionally connect to the thing I'm saying at the time, I end up sobbing uncontrollably. I'm really sensitive, I guess? But if I don't emotionally connect to it, I sound sarcastic whether it's written or spoken. - Sarah
I have an incredibly cool family. My mom vapes, my little brother vapes, my little brother's girlfriend vapes, my little sister sometimes gets into it but we tell her no because nicotine (she's 15). My other little brother thinks vaping is really cool too, and he still believes in Santa Claus, so he's like "Hey, Mom, can we get a vape for Santa Claus?" And my mom, being my mother, was like "yeah, sure, let's get a vape for Santa Claus!" And now my little brother (he's like 9)'s plan is to wait by the fireplace with a vape pen in his hand for Santa Claus to come down to offer him the vape pen, and I need advice to tell him not to do that and why it's a bad idea, but without hurting his [feelings.] - Eric
58:10 - My next door neighbors are super in love with Christmas, they love it so much, and they are the only house on the entire street that goes all in on that. There's a point where enough is enough. The breaking point, for me, is the giant inflatable Christmas Minion. I have too much social anxiety for this. How do I subtly let them know that [enough is enough?] - Brett
My roommate really loves snow. He gets really excited about it. Except the area we live, the way it usually works is the entirety of the fall and the beginning of winter, it just sort of rains all the time, and then we get one big snow in the beginning of February. So he basically spends the entirety of the fall semester of college like "Why isn't it snowing?" But then when the snow comes in February, he's over it, like "oh god this snow". I love him, but how do I respond to something like this and actually help him feel better, even though he doesn't really appreciate the February snow? - Caroline
64:14 - Housekeeping (the show raised over $48,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters)
68:33 - FY - Sent in by Star X, from Yahoo Answers user Matt, who asks:
Do you enjoy a celebratory Christmas grapefruit? Is there anything more deciduous?
"We're trying to make love, and it's looking in here like "BANANA", or whatever!"
Justin refers to Santa as having "a GREAT BIG BUSHY BEARD!", referencing the film Hot Fuzz.
- Additional information is unread.
- Name made up by Griffin
- Griffin asks the audience to stop them if they've done this before; they in fact have, in Candlenights the IIIrd. However, the audience does not stop them, and the goofs are different in this episode.
- Helped by the brothers