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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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Nov 28, 2019

At the turn of the 20th century, the idea of kids writing letters to Santa Claus was still new. Post offices, newspapers, and charities publicly disputed how to handle the letters. It was a logistical and public relations problem, which would take a clever plan to address.

Nov 28, 2019

John Gluck was a workaday customs broker who dreamed of bigger things. So when he heard that the Postal Service needed help with letters to Santa, he came forward with a plan to get the letters into the hands of donors. With a little help from a troop of boy scouts, John Gluck and his Santa Claus Association did the (seemingly) impossible.

Nov 28, 2019

What happens when a charitable endeavor starts looking more and more like an elaborate con? As Gluck sought to expand operations, he started playing fast and loose with the facts in order to raise money and hobnob with the rich and powerful.

Nov 28, 2019

During the Great War, fraudulent wartime charities abounded in New York City. When the district attorney started a sweeping investigation, John Gluck found himself in his crosshairs. But that was just the beginning of his troubles.

Nov 28, 2019

You'd think that Gluck couldn't make things worse for himself...but you'd be wrong. He finds himself the subject of more investigations, and gets himself into hot water with the state Attorney General. But this isn't the end of the Santa Claus Association. But...that is coming.

Nov 28, 2019

In the early 20s, John Gluck wanted to reinvigorate the Santa Claus Association to its original glory, with the help of some high profile endorsements.But along the way, he crossed the one man who figures out the stunningly simple way to shut down Gluck once and for all.

Nov 23, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode. Your favorite Christmas radio station may have you thinking that there are only about two dozen Christmas songs (mostly from the 1940s and 50s) worth listening to. Nonsense! In this episode, I share some new music worthy of your next Christmas playlist. 

Announcements

  • There's still time to get tickets for Christmas Land in Los Angeles on December 15
  • A Christmas in July convention is in the works for 2020 in Nashville...and I'll be there!
  • If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details.
  • Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above

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Nov 18, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode. This week, I read the classic short story by Hans Christian Andersen: The Little Match Girl. 

Announcements

  • Brian and Tim Babb from Can't Wait for Christmas will record a live episode on November 24 at the
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco
  • There's still time to get tickets for
  • Christmas Land in Los Angeles on December 15
  • A Christmas in July convention is in the works for 2020 in Nashville...and I'll be there! 
  • If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details.
  • Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above

Follow Christmas Past on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

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Nov 11, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This week, I'm taking you inside Christmas Con 2019.   

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I'll be at ChristmasLand on December 15 in Los Angeles! It’s an immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

Nov 2, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This time, I read you the short story "Keep it all the Year" by Sarah Tipper. You can find her short story collection, Tales to take you to Christmas, on Amazon. 

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I’ll be appearing on a podcasters panel at Christmas Con in Edison New Jersey on November 9, but tickets are sold out.
  5. I'll be at ChristmasLand on December 15 in Los Angeles! It’s an immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

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