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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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Apr 3, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 16: Today, we're heading back to the 80s, when all you needed for a cartoon Christmas special was a bestselling toy and a flimsy storyline. Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls tells the story of a group of Wacky Wall Walkers who come to earth from a distant planet to discover the true meaning of Christmas. I'm joined by Chris and Kris from Christmas Time in the City and Mike from Snow in Southtown for this very 80s episode. 

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"Red City Theme" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Apr 2, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 15. We pick up where we left off yesterday, with the second half of Charles Dickens's story. Stay subscribed for new episode EVERY DAY!

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Apr 1, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 14. Today's installment is another classic Christmas story, by special request. This story from Charles Dickens's appears in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. It's "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton." I'm breaking it up into two parts: part 1 today; part 2 tomorrow. 

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Mar 31, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 13. Today's installment is a devious twist on Christmas trivia. We're playing a game of Two Truths and a Lie. Join me and Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter, and Gerry Davila from the forthcoming podcast, Totally Rad Christmas, as we challenge each other to separate fact from fiction!

Christmas in Quarantine is Christmas Past's impromptu miniseries of indeterminate length. Stay subscribed for one new episode each day until things settle down on the COVID-19 crisis. 

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"Skyway" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

 

Mar 30, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 12. Today's installment is an interview with author Jon Clinch. His 2019 novel, Marley is a prequel to A Christmas Carol and the untold story of Scrooge's mysterious business partner. It's a moody, noirish return to the world of Dickens in a story of double dealings, false identities, debauchery, and even worse! I recently caught up with Jon Clinch from his home in Vermont. 

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"Snowflake" — Borrtex, via Free Music Archive

 

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Mar 28, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 11. Today's installment is a playlist of new Christmas music from independent artists! Discover some new festive faves to set the mood! 

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Mar 28, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 10. Today's installment is another classic Christmas story for the whole family. As requested by a member of the Facebook group, Brian is reading "Christmas Every Day," the 1892 short story by William Dean Howells. 

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Mar 27, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 9. Today's installment is a trip back to when the crooners crooned and the eggnog was always spiked. Join me and my guests Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter and Jenna Knorr from Welcome to Tinsel Town as we discuss the 1968 variety special, The Dean Martin Christmas Show

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Mar 26, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 8. Today's installment is a challenging game of Christmas trivia! Join me along with Lee Cameron of The Christmas Stocking, Tim Babb from Can't Wait for Christmas, Thom Crowe from Tis the Podcast, and Joanna Wilson from Christmas TV history as we put your Christmas spirit to the test. 

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  • "Thannoid" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

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Mar 25, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 7. Today's installment takes us back to the days when radio reigned supreme. It's a Christmassy adventure from the man with the action-packed expense account: Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. This story, The Carmen Kringle Matter, first aired on December 22, 1957. 

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Mar 24, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 6. Today's installment features the fifth and final of Washington Irving's pieces from his "Old Christmas" collection. 

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Mar 23, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 5. Today's installment features the fourth of Washington Irving's five pieces from his "Old Christmas" collection. 

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Mar 22, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 4. Today's installment features the third of Washington Irving's five pieces from his "Old Christmas" collection. 

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Mar 21, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 3. Today's installment of picks up where yesterday's episode left off, with the second of Washington Irving's five pieces from his "Old Christmas" collection. 

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Mar 20, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 2. Today's installment marks the first of a five part series where I read each of the five story/essays from Washington Irving's "Old Christmas from the Sketchbook of Washington Irving." The first piece, "Christmas" is a love letter to the season and the Christmas spirit.

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https://nypost.com/2020/03/18/people-are-putting-up-christmas-lights-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

https://www.etonline.com/hallmark-channel-schedules-christmas-movie-marathon-during-self-quarantine-exclusive-143313

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Mar 19, 2020

Christmas in Quarantine: Day 1. Everyone is housebound amid the COVID-19 crisis, and lots of us are putting up our Christmas decorations again to cope! Today I'm introducing "Christmas in Quarantine," an impromptu miniseries of indeterminate length. I'll release one new episode every day until the crisis subsides. 

Today, I bring you Frank L. Baum's 1904 classic, "A Kidnapped Santa Claus."

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https://nypost.com/2020/03/18/people-are-putting-up-christmas-lights-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

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Feb 15, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day, sugarplums! There's nothing like a love story to keep the Christmas spirit alive. For this installment of Story Time, I've chosen "As the Automobile Ran Down," a 1901 short story by Charles Loomis. 

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Survey: American's genuinely more excited about Valentine's Day than Christmas

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Feb 3, 2020

Pack an umbrella and a jumper, because the next stop for Christmas Around the World is the UK. This month, Chantelle and her guest Nadine give us the history and traditions that make a British Christmas...British! 

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Jan 20, 2020

It's January, so we're still in the afterglow of Christmas! So we start off sharing some memories about what made Christmas special last year. Then join me for a conversation with Joshua Reid-Davis, who will emcee the Christmas in July convention this summer in Nashville. 

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All songs contributed by Don Maue, from his album, Smokey Mountain Christmas

  • Good King Wenceslas
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • O Christmas Tree
  • The Christmas Song

 

Jan 1, 2020

It's time to bundle up, practice our French, and watch out for moose! We're learning all about having a joyeux Noel in Canada with Chantelle Joy from All Things Christmas. This is the first official episode of the new monthly Christmas Around the World series.  

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