Daniel Ruiz Tizon's Advent Calendar - Hold Fast Network
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Can one man love Christmas again?
||Clean24th December: 'Did you find it?'||Daniel reaches the end of his search. Has he fallen in love with Christmas again?||24 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23rd December: 'Mr Frosty comes up short'||Daniel recalls possibly the most complete Christmas countdown day he ever had and also looks back at the most disappointing Christmas present to arrive at Mayflower in the eighties.||23 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22nd December: '1989'||Daniel revisits the 22nd December 1989, one of his greatest ever days that involved the pursuit of a 32” TV and the spectacular denouement of one of the great friendships of his life.||22 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21st December: 'Coffee Christmas'||Daniel looks at the role the café central to his life has played in Christmases past.||21 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20th December: ‘You’re Only Young Twice’||Daniel wonders what kind of Christmas he would give his imaginary children and revisits the first Christmas Eve he properly remembers.||21 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19th December: 'Give Me Shelter'||Daniel visits a local sheltered housing scheme to see how they celebrate Christmas, and runs through some of the comic strips in his favourite ever Christmas Annual.||19 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18th December: 'The Z-Bed'||Daniel goes into the final week of his countdown contemplating the possibility of new Christmas memories to be created in the future, and he looks back at the Z-bed he woke up on for ten consecutive Christmases from ’89 to ’98. With PhilthD.||18 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17th December: 'The Christmas Card'||With Christmas Eve just over a week away, Daniel looks at where he might stand with Christmas now, while a Christmas card from his past may not be all that it seems.||16 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16th December: 'The Kindness of Strangers'||Daniel recalls the ‘Lost Christmases’ of 2008 to 2013 which might’ve taken him closer to the true meaning of Christmas than any the great Christmases of his life, and he revisits the eighties Christmases when he regularly attended Midnight Mass.||15 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15th December: 'Subbuteo'||Daniel returns to the hospital that helped him in Christmas 2010, and recalls the arrival of the Subbuteo Club Edition at Mayflower in Christmas ‘78, the greatest game he ever played, and how it put it him at odds with his dad.||14 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14th December: 'Store 34'||Daniel is joined by childhood friend Micky Boyd to discuss how he has continued to re-engage with Christmas throughout the years and how his own losses altered Christmas for him. He also recalls the magic of Christmases spent working as a Saturday boy i||14 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13th December: 'I am the Father Christmas'||Daniel recalls the Christmas any remaining illusion that Father Christmas was real was shattered by his dad, and remembers his leading role in the 1978 school nativity play||13 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12th December: 'The Grifter'||Daniel reachs the halfway stage of his search for Christmas more certain of how he might reconnect with it and recalls the Christmas of 1980 and the present that would further damage the fragile relationship between him and his dad||11 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11th December: 'Frank Bough'||Daniel returns to the site of an old photographer’s studio where he grew up and reveals the connection between old sports presenter Frank Bough and the Ruiz Tizon’s family christmas tree?||10 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10th December: 'Dear Mr Monkey'||Daniel catches a tantalising glimpse of Christmas. Could it be waiting for him? With PhilthD.||10 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9th December: 'Pinkapingpangpong'||Daniel ponder the possibility of a new standout Christmas memory, and he revisits the school Christmas Carol Competition of 1983.||8 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8th December: 'The Raincoat'||Daniel worries that his search for Christmas is proving a thankless task, and he travels back to Christmas ’94, the last time he ever wore ‘the raincoat’.||7 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7th December: 'Morleys '77'||Daniel recall his last Christmas at Mayflower. And we travel back to Silver Jubilee Year, when a visit to Morley's department store almost destroyed the illusion of Father Christmas for Daniel.||7 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6th December: 'The Sponge'||Daniel returns to the hotel he lived in back in 201, to a day that carries special significance for him. He also recalls how a work disciplinary in Christmas 2009 indirectly led to him resolving bathing issues that were affecting him at the time.||6 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5th December: ''81'||Daniel looks at his dad's refusal to celebrate Christmas after 1981.||4 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4th December: 'The Beard of '83'||Daniel recalls his fear that each Christmas would be the last with his mum, and the Christmas present that led to a lifelong preoccupation with facial hair||3 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3rd December: 'Mercedes'||Daniel look back at the Christmas he believes led to him becoming estranged from the festive period.||3 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2nd December: 'Unwrapped '76'||Daniel recall the experimental Christmas of 1976.||2 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1st December: 'Countdown'||In this opening episode, Daniel wonders where his search to rediscover Christmas should begin.||30 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
This is a charming series that is personal but also relatable. It’s funny, emotional and painstakingly truthful. I cannot imagine how much effort and time that went into this. Daniel is a very talented individual.
Honest, moving yet very funny
I look forward to revisiting this series every December. It was my gateway podcast to Daniel’s other work. I’m delighted I stumbled upon it. Take a listen.
My Christmas starts with this.
Daniel truly captures Christmas in this series of funny, witty & emotive Yuletide podcasts. Listen to them chronologically to get their full effect.