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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 13, 2020

The mince pie is one of the least understood, most maligned, and sometimes subversive Christmas traditions we have. And yet, it’s still here. With its pastry crust and spiced — and often, boozy — fruit filling, it’s a survivor. And its story touches on hallucinogens, Prohibition, food preservation, the Puritans, and a Christmas dessert with a bad-boy reputation. A dessert that’s as American as, well...as American as mince pie. 

Thanks to Veronique Greenwood for appearing in this episode.

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Music in this episode

  • Wish Background  — Kevin MacLeod via Incompetech
  • Denzel Sprak — BlueDot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • Burned — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
  • Twinkle in the Night — Aakash Gandhi, via YouTube Audio Library
  • Stille Nacht — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist
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