S2 E4. Christmas questions galore! Ft special guest Neil Gaiman. Plus…Are all snowflakes a different shape? Why is Boxing Day called Boxing Day?


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In this week's show we answer lots of questions from Tabitha, Jensen, Eleanor, Alice, Ollie, Jack, Chessie and Eleanor with help from the wonderful writer Neil Gaiman.

Neil is the author of lots of books for children and adults including Coraline, Stardust, Fortunately The Milk, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, picture books about a sneezing panda called Chu, American Gods and much more. He knows a lot about magic and mystery and helps us uncover the secrets of Christmas Eve.

Neil answers lots of questions about Christmas Eve and Father Christmas and explains how the magic is made possible on this most special of nights.

We find out about Wilson Snowflake Bentley who was the first person to photograph snowflakes.

And we delve into the history of Boxing Day and how it got its name.

Happy Christmas!

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Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home.

This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.

Check out Neil on twitter @neilhimself

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