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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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Now displaying: November, 2021
Nov 29, 2021

What happens when a Christmas tree from a secret admirer comes between a young woman and her fiance in New York in 1902? That's the subject of the new Christmas audio drama from Sagacity Productions: "Christmas on Henry Street." This one-hour program, based on real events, will air on several NPR affiliate stations in December. Christmas Past is pleased to share it with you in this special full-length presentation. 

For more information about "Christmas on Henry Street"

https://www.sagacitytv.com/

Thank you to Bonnie Silva and everyone at Sagacity Productions for creating this program, and for sharing it with the Christmas Past family. 

Music in this Episode

"It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist

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Nov 28, 2021

The song now known as "Jingle Bells" is synonymous with Christmas, even though it never mentions Christmas by name. There's much more to the story of this beloved song than you ever could have imagined. Tracing its history will take us through Boston minstrel halls, "sleigh ride culture," and a feud between two American towns that each claim to be the song's birthplace. 

This episode features Kyna Hamill from Boston University and the Medford Historical Society. 

Music in this episode

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Nov 26, 2021

There's nothing like curling up with an old fashioned ghost story on a chilly evening during the Christmas season. This one's more ghostly than Christmassy, but it first appeared in a Christmas supplement to the Illustrated London Times. It's The Doll's Ghost, by F. Marion Crawford. And today, I'm reading it to you from the 2021 collection of Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories from from Biblioasis. 

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Nov 25, 2021

Get ready for small town Christmases and hometown hunks! Today, we're looking at made-for-TV Christmas romances, and exploring how and why they've become the dominant form of Christmas entertainment in recent decades. Brandon Gray and Alonso Duralde, co-authors of I'll Be Home for Christmas Movies, help us make sense of it all.

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I'll be Home for Christmas Movies: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

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Nov 18, 2021

It's our last "preseason" get-together before Thanksgiving. And I'm ready to share a WICKED BIG Announcement with the Christmas Past family. Plus, I share some new Christmas podcast recommendations, and one of my own Christmas memories. 

Stay subscribed all season long for lots of Christmassy fun and surprises! 

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Music in this episode

  • "Away in a Manger" — Don Maue
  • "Stille Nacht" — Don Maue

Both songs shared directly by the artist

More Christmas fun

Be sure to check out the "Definitive Directory of Christmas Podcasts"

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Nov 4, 2021

Now that Halloween is behind us, it's officially Christmastime! Time for a mug of cocoa, some foofy jammies, and the Hallmark Channel. Today, Brandon Gray, co-host of Deck the Hallmark, recalls some of the best, worst, and most romantic ones reviewed in his new book, I'll Be Home For Christmas Movies. 

Get the book on Amazon

Music in this episode: "This is Christmas" — Scott Holmes, via Free Music Archive

Be sure to check out the "Definitive Directory of Christmas Podcasts"

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