Godless Spellchecker Christmas Podcast Invite


Yes, like it or not, that time of year is almost upon us again. Fox News will soon be rallying a call to arms to fight an imagined war on an imagined deity.  And Christians that are unfamiliar with the word ‘Paganism’ will take to social media to vent their displeasure at the fear that nonbelievers may be enjoying a holiday that isn’t ‘theirs’. Delicious irony. Ho ho ho.

Personally, I love Christmas. For me, it’s a time to catch up with family.  Great company, mixed with laughter, too much food and drink, terrible sweaters and worse socks. What’s not to like?  I’ll pass on the sprouts however, thanks.

This got me wondering (see Oprah? See?).  I’d very much like to hear what Christmas means to other nonbelievers with similar or completely different cultural backgrounds to me.

What do you do at Christmas?  Do you hate it? Do you love it?  Do you refuse to celebrate it?  Are you forced to endure the religious convictions of your family?  Do you insist on calling it Xmas? Has a recent loss of faith spoiled what was once a meaningful time of year for you? And why the hell didn’t Santa bring you that Megadrive you asked for when you were 7?  You were really good that year. And you wrote him a nice letter. A nice letter specifically asking for the console complete with two controllers and a copy Streets Of Rage so that you could play with your best friend, Paul. Yet nothing! Nothing!

I digress.

I want to hear as many varied viewpoints as possible, from as many countries as possible.  So, throughout the coming weeks, I hope to reach out to a number of those who fill in the below form.

The intention is to take up two minutes of your time via Skype voice chat (free download/Also available on smartphones) to ask you to vocalise/expand on your answers given below.

This will be recorded and edited into a podcast in time for Christmas alongside other heathen contributors (hopefully!).

The format will be relaxed and friendly.  I promise not to spring any impromptu spelling tests on you. I do unfortunately need to stipulate that you have a competent grasp of the English language just to ensure we can communicate adequately. That and I’m a massive racist.

The goal is to hopefully create something entertaining, but informative.  A plethora of heathen voices sharing their individual Christmas experiences and perspectives. Hopefully we can dispel a few myths along the way too.

This is my first attempt at anything like this, so it may completely blow up in my face, but if we all have faith, what could go wrong? 🙂

I’d love to hear from you.  Please don’t be disappointed if you don’t hear back. I wish I could include every one of my Twitter comrades. If I can’t arrange a chat with you, I’ll try to read out as many submissions as possible, or include them on my blog at some point and answer any questions you provide.  Take the below as seriously, or not as you like.  It’s just to give me a basic indication of your views and background.  There’s no right answers, just interesting ones hopefully.

If you don’t have a Skype ID yet, leave it blank for now, we can sort that out later.

***Now closed for submissions****

By clicking ‘Submit’ below, you understand that you may be contacted for a brief conversation at a prearranged time, which will be recorded.  You also agree that this recording may be edited and used across various media formats. I will not pass your information on to any third-party

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