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5 podcasts that you need to listen to this Christmas

The Christmas season is the perfect opportunity to take time out to kick back and relax.

And what better way to do it than curling up in the warmth with a cup of tea and a few podcasts to keep your spirits high?

With their growing popularity, podcasts have become the “in” thing this year; with more being added online now than ever.

In particular, iTunes and Spotify are common platforms to find the latest additions, alongside the “Podcasts” app found on iOS.

So, what are the best podcasts to add to your playlists this festive season? I’ve found a few favourites to share below:

1. Today in Focus

Hosted by Anushka Asthana

Today in Focus brings you closer to the Guardian's journalism. It combines personal storytelling with insightful analysis, to engage listeners and spark debates. Released daily every weekday, it takes you behind the headlines for a greater understanding and grasp of the news.

With its motivating and informative topics, it’s the perfect Monday morning listen, whether it be on your commute to work/university or walk to those killer 9 am lectures.

2. The Girls Bathroom

Hosted by YouTube stars Sophia & Cinzia

The Girls Bathroom is a place we all know to be full of girl chat and gossip, and the place we often confide in strangers and tell our life stories to! This podcast is hosted by life-long best friends Sophia and Cinzia, who tackle listeners dilemmas and try to make sense of this thing we all call life.

Fun, but real, The Girls Bathroom is the perfect podcast to sit back and enjoy the gossip. You can even send in your own topics and dilemmas for the girls to discuss! Disclaimer: they can’t promise they’ll stay on topic!

3. The Receipts Podcast

Hosted by ‘Ghana’s Finest’, Tolly, and Milena Sanchez

If you’re looking for a laugh out loud listen, The Receipts Podcast is the one for you.

The Receipts Podcast is a fun, honest, and entertaining podcast hosted by three girls that discuss anything and everything. From relationships to situationships and everyday life experiences, you can expect pure gossip and girlie chit chats with no filter.

The girls also accept submissions, so send them in on keepthereceipts@gmail.com to get involved with the conversation.

4. Happy Place

Hosted by Fearne Cotton

Your host Fearne Cotton is joined by a wide range of people to talk about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as they discuss what happiness means to them.

This podcast is bound to get your thoughts racing and help you contemplate on a personal level what happiness really means to you. Deep and meaningful, this is the perfect winters afternoon listen–best accompanied with a cup of tea and some fluffy socks!

5. Pretty Little Thing (Behind Closed Doors)

Hosted by Natalie O’Leary

The Behind Closed Doors Podcast by Pretty Little Thing is the perfect podcast for all occasions. Joined by a variety of guests, your host Nat O’Leary covers an array of topics that will have you smiling at your phone and laughing out loud in public.

Previous guests include Love Island's Molly-May Hague, YouTube's Holly Boon, and 'Cancer Chick's' founder Olivia Rose Smith.

Released weekly, the Behind Closed Doors Podcast also gives you the opportunity to win incredible prizes from Pretty Little Thing itself–so keep an eye out on their socials to take part! Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

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