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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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Oct 10, 2021

Now that it's October, a lot of us are listening to Christmas music to ease our way into the season. Sure, the classics are great, but sometimes you need to hear something new to keep things fresh. In today's episode, you'll hear five new-to-you Christmas songs from some great independent artists! 

Songs featured in this episode

Chrissy Blazier

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Dotcom Davinci

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The Yule Lads

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Montgomery

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GRAZE

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Other music in this episode

"The Christmas Song" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist

Sep 29, 2021

The Christmas stories of 19th century America provide a window into American history itself. These stories reflect the values and politics of pre- and post-Civil-War America, in addition to chronicling the makings of our modern Christmas celebration. 

That's the topic of the new book, Christmas Past: An Anthology of Seasonal Stories from Nineteenth-Century America. The author, professor Thomas Ruys Smith from the University of East Anglia, joins me in this episode for a Christmassy literary tour through a century — with many surprises along the way. 

This is our final episode of September. One Ber Month down, three to go! Stay subscribed for more Ber Month fun leading up to the "official" Christmas Past season, starting on Thanksgiving Day. 

Share your Christmas memories on the podcast! Record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast at g mail dot com

Music in this episode

"Allie Mine" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Sep 20, 2021

Today, we're returning to an old crowd favorite: the game where you have to spot the lie! Test your Christmas spirit, deception detection, and knowledge of the 80s with this all new Ber Months bonus episode. 

Join me, along with Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter and Gerry Davilla from Totally Rad Christmas for a game of two truths and a lie. This game has a special twist. Its a three-round game, taking place on three different podcasts! On Christmas Past, you'll hear round one, where yours truly quizzes Todd and Gerry on Christmas of 1980 - 1983. 

Stay subscribed for more Christmas fun throughout the Ber Months, and into the Christmas season. 

Music in this episode

"A Peaceful Winter" — Scott Holmes, via Free Music Archive

Sep 10, 2021

Brian reads the 1896 short story, The Burglar's Christmas, by Willa Cather. 

Welcome to another Ber Months bonus episode, sugarplums! I love these classic Christmas stories to help me get into the spirit. Today's story is bit of a 'prodigal son' story that takes place on Christmas Eve. 

tay subscribed for more fun and surprises throughout September and October, and beyond. 

It's never too early to send a Christmas memory to appear on the show this year. The earlier the better, actually! Record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast [at] g mail

Music in this episode

"On Top of itTAL" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Sep 1, 2021

It's one of the strangest cases from the pages of American Military history. A Christmas party in 1826 at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint that spun out of control, and would be known forevermore as the Eggnog Riot. 

Welcome to the Ber Months, everyone! Christmas Past is back to bring some Christmas cheer to the early fall, as we ramp up to the official Christmas season. Stay subscribed for more fun and surprises throughout September and October, and beyond. 

It's never too early to send a Christmas memory to appear on the show this year. The earlier the better, actually! Record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast [at] g mail

Music in this episode

  • "Just Stay" — Aakash Ghandi, via Youtube Audio Library
  • "Almost in F - Tranquility" — Kevin MacLeod, via Youtube Audio Library
  • "Springtime" — Gillicuddy, via Free Music Archive
  • "Three Little Drummers from the George Washington Show" — The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, via Free Music Archive
Apr 23, 2021

Happy April, everyone. We're back with a festive, Jeopardy-inspired game of Christmas trivia. Bob and Mary Ellen from Illinois recently invited me to put my Christmas spirit to the test. Play along and see how your knowledge of arcane Christmas trivia stacks up against yours truly's! 

Music in this episode

Midsummer Sky — Kevin MacLeod, via Youtube Audio Library

Keep in touch

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

Share a Christmas memory on the podcast! Just record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Keep it reasonably short, clean and family friendly, and be sure to say your name and where you're from. 

Mar 2, 2021

In 1900, an ornithologist suggested replacing the traditional Christmas morning hunt with a "bird census." It's an idea that has been carried out each year since then. The Christmas Bird Count is an important project that contributes to our understanding of bird populations. And you can get involved! 

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Join the Christmas Bird Count page

Music in this Episode

Jan 25, 2021

Christmas trees are for decorating, admiring, and placing decoratively wrapped gifts underneath. But how about...for eating? Baker and designer Julia Georgalis joins me in this episode to discuss her new book, How to Eat Your Christmas Tree. It's the result of a five-year culinary experiment centered around sustainability at Christmas time. 

Mentioned in this episode

Music in this episode

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

Share a Christmas memory on the podcast! Just record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Keep it reasonably short, clean and family friendly, and be sure to say your name and where you're from. 

Christmas trees are for decorating, admiring, and placing decoratively wrapped gifts underneath. But how about...for eating? Baker and designer Julia Georgalis joins me in this episode to discuss her new book, How to Eat Your Christmas Tree. It's the result of a five-year culinary experiment centered around sustainability at Christmas time. 

Mentioned in this episode

Music in this episode

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

Share a Christmas memory on the podcast! Just record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Keep it reasonably short, clean and family friendly, and be sure to say your name and where you're from. 

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