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Christmas Past

It's the fascinating backstories to the Christmas traditions you cherish. Christmas Past brings you year-round Christmas history, forgotten Christmas fiction, roundtables, interviews, and most of all, Christmas cheer. And it's all from the uniquely warm and nostalgic world of Brian Earl — where the holiday season never ends!
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Dec 24, 2018

In a few short days, Christmas of 2018 will belong to Christmas Past. So in this final episode of the 2018 Christmas season, Brian looks back at some of the news and trends that defined this year's Christmas. There's also a little year-end wrap up for the show and the world of Christmas podcasts in general. 

Thank you all for being part of the 2018 season of Christmas Past! Everyone who listened, told a friend, shared a memory, participated in the Facebook group, and engaged on other social media. 

I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Music in this Episode

"Deck the Hall B" - Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

Dec 22, 2018

It's my favorite episode of the Christmas season: the one dedicated to you sharing your favorite Christmas memories and traditions. Thank you to everyone to shared a part of their Christmas with us in this episode! 

 

Music in this episode

"Night Light" - Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

 

Visit http://christmaspast.media for more Christmas fun!

Dec 20, 2018

In this bonus episode, Brian answers questions from the listener mailbag, and we also here a a few Christmas memories. 

 

Music in this episode

"Relaxing Piano Music" - Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

Dec 19, 2018

In 1955, a misplaced phone call unwittingly created an annual Christmas tradition. It's a story shrouded in a bit of mystery, a lot of Christmas spirit, and a sworn duty to ensure Santa’s safe passage through open airspace. Find out why NORAD tracks Santa on Christmas Eve. 

 

Music in this episode

  • "Escape"— Chris Holmes, via Free Music Archive
  • "A Little Powder"— Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Rabbit Hole"— Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Western Greb"— Chad Crouch, via Free Music Archive
  • "Wish Background"— Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
Dec 16, 2018

Shortly after Thanksgiving, certain cable news and talk radio pundits remind you that it’s that it’s time once again to be outraged. Because sinister forces are working to take Christmas away from you. Is there really a war on Christmas? Listen to this episode and then judge for yourself. 

Music in this episode

  • "Undercover Vampire Policeman"— Chris Zabriskie, via Free Music Archive
  • "Together we Stand" — Scott Holmes, via Free Music Archive
  • "Gentle Marimbas" — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
  • "Holiday Gift" — Kai Engel, via Free Music Archive
  • "We Wish You" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Box Canyon" — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 13, 2018

Usually on Christmas Past, I share your Christmas memories. But this episode is dedicated to me sharing one of mine. It’s a memory you have too, in some form, because it’s inevitable for everyone who grows up celebrating Christmas and believing in Santa Claus. It should go without saying that this episode is for the grownups only!

 

Music in this episode

"Relaxing Piano Music" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 10, 2018

Twelve days of Christmas? What's up with that? And who ever thought turtle doves and partridges make good Christmas gifts? (Come to think of it, just what the heck is a turtle dove?) We'll get to the bottom of it all with the help of language professor Mark Sundaram.

Music in this episode

  • "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" — Doug Hammer, via Feels Like Christmas
  • "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Twelve Days of Christmas" — Inner Splendor, via Feels Like Christmas
  • "Gentle Marimbas" — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
  • "Thannoid" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
Dec 8, 2018

Welcome to Tinsel Town is a new Christmas adventure podcast that arrived on Thanksgiving Day. Join me as I talk to Jenna Knorr and Adam Ganong to discuss the making of a new audio drama. And then check out their show wherever you get podcasts, or https://trianglecontent.com/podcasts/welcometotinseltown/

Music in this Episode

  • "Night Light" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 7, 2018

Few things are more Christmassy than the flickering glow of a log on the fire. Even when that fire is experienced on a TV or device screen, it still conjures up a cozy and festive atmosphere. A New York city TV station introduced the  televised Yule Log in 1966. What began as a quirky experiment would eventually take on a life of its own!

Music in this Episode

  • "Let There be Joy" — Cathy Oakes, via Feels Like Christmas
  • "Early Morning Snowfall" — Chuck Brown, via Feels Like Christmas
  • "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Angels We Have Heard" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 4, 2018

Miracle on 34th Street doesn't fit today's standards for what makes a movie Christmassy. It involved a cynical child and a Santa Claus who gets locked up in a mental health institution before undergoing a public psych hearing. Not only that, but the movie was released in June of 1947. And yet, it has gone on to become not only a beloved movie, but also a cherished tradition. How did that happen? We'll find out with the help of film critic Alonso Duralde.

Music in this episode

  • “Losing Love” — Dexter Britain
  • "Hard Boiled" — Kevin MacLeod
  • "Cherry Blossom" — Kevin MacLeod
  • "Sad Marimba Planet" — Lee Rosevere
  • "Do You Hear What I Hear?" — Jimmy Atkins 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 1, 2018

It's the Christmas cake we love to hate. But why? How did a cake steeped in history and tradition, tied closely to the Christmas celebration (and often soaked in booze, no less) go on to become so widely mocked? 

Music in this Episode:

  • Night Day: Dan Yan Key
  • Blue Highway: Poddington Bear
  • Dowl: Poddington Bear
  • Wish Background: Kevin MacLeod 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Nov 28, 2018

Christmas wouldn't be the same without the influence of Charles Dickens and his most famous work: A Christmas Carol. Some have even gone as far as saying he basically "invented" Christmas as we know it today. So...did he? In this episode, I get answers from the man himself!

Music in this Episode:

  • Traditional tune played by band at Dickens Fair
  • Snowfall: Shady Dave
  • Wish Background: Kevin MacCleod 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Nov 25, 2018

Have you ever wondered why we say "merry Christmas" and not "happy Christmas"? And why the word "merry" seems to exist nowadays only to be used for spreading holiday cheer? We'll get it sorted out with the help of linguist Arika Okrent. 

Music in this Episode:

  • Gaena: Blue Dot Sessions
  • March: Kai Engel
  • Delicant: Podington Bear
  • Suppose it Is: Podington Bear
  • Wish Background: Kevin MacCleod 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Nov 22, 2018

We're kicking off the 2018 season with a Thanksgiving family gathering of Christmas podcasters. Join members of the Christmas Podcast Network as we share our thoughts about one of our favorite topics: Christmas music!

Thanks to these great podcasts for lending their voices: 

  • Tinsel Tunes
  • Can't Wait for Christmas
  • Christmas Creeps
  • Weird Christmas
  • Tis the Podcast
  • Advent Calendar House

And a shout out to the rest of the Christmas Podcast Network shows: 

  • Deck the Hallmark
  • Hallmark and Jess
  • It's a 90s Christmas Podcast

Find out more about each show at http://www.christmaspodcastnetwork.com

Music in this episode

Night Light by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 8, 2018

Christmas Past will be back again on Thanksgiving Day to kick off the 2018 season. You can expect an episode to arrive every few days all the way up till Christmas day. Join me for more of the fascinating backstories behind your favorite Christmas traditions and of course more of your Christmas memories. It’s not too late to be on the show this season. Record a voice memo on your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Or leave a voicemail on my google voice line at 650-394-7162.

Come to the http://christmaspast.media for articles, quizzes, videos, and much more, including links to the new Facebook group and YouTube channel. 

Subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts. And if you leave a review on Apple Podcasts / iTunes, I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. Email me for details. 

See you on Thanksgiving Day!

Music in this episode

Silver by Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Oct 31, 2018

This Halloween, Christmas Past is masquerading as one of my favorite podcasts: Tis the Podcast. Hosts Anthony and Julia join me for a Halloween crossover as we discuss everyone's favorite ghost story: A Christmas Carol. We cover the 1984 made-for-TV version starring George C. Scott. 

Tis the Podcast co-host Thom was with us in spirit (as in the spirit of Christmas Future), because he was busy working on a surprise. My lips are sealed for now, but I'll have more to say about that sometime soon. 

Music in this episode

Turning by Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Jul 15, 2018

It's the basis for summer sales, Hallmark movie marathons, and memes and hashtags strewn across social media. But what exactly is Christmas in July? And where did it come from? 

Music from this episode

  • "Turning" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Tessalit" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Heliotrope" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

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