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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 7, 2020

Nowadays, wassail, like sugarplums or hot buttered rum, is a part of the Christmas season that most of us experience mainly through references in songs and stories and artwork. But this old English custom is about much more than sharing a cup of good cheer. It’s about one of the parts of Christmas that’s mostly likely destined to remain stuck in Christmas past: inverting the normal rules of social order...with a little help from alcohol.

Thanks to Conrad Bladey, author of the five-volume The Book of Wassail, for appearing in this episode.

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Music in this episode

  • The Wassail Song — Chris Friesen, via Noisetrade
  • Slow Toe — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • Cases to Rest  — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • Wassail Wassail  — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist
  • Wish Background  — Kevin MacLeod via Incompetech
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