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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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Nov 28, 2019

In the early 20s, John Gluck wanted to reinvigorate the Santa Claus Association to its original glory, with the help of some high profile endorsements.But along the way, he crossed the one man who figures out the stunningly simple way to shut down Gluck once and for all.

Nov 23, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode. Your favorite Christmas radio station may have you thinking that there are only about two dozen Christmas songs (mostly from the 1940s and 50s) worth listening to. Nonsense! In this episode, I share some new music worthy of your next Christmas playlist. 

Announcements

  • There's still time to get tickets for Christmas Land in Los Angeles on December 15
  • A Christmas in July convention is in the works for 2020 in Nashville...and I'll be there!
  • If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details.
  • Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above

Follow Christmas Past on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

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Music in this episode

Nov 18, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode. This week, I read the classic short story by Hans Christian Andersen: The Little Match Girl. 

Announcements

  • Brian and Tim Babb from Can't Wait for Christmas will record a live episode on November 24 at the
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco
  • There's still time to get tickets for
  • Christmas Land in Los Angeles on December 15
  • A Christmas in July convention is in the works for 2020 in Nashville...and I'll be there! 
  • If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details.
  • Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above

Follow Christmas Past on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

Music in this episode

Nov 11, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This week, I'm taking you inside Christmas Con 2019.   

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I'll be at ChristmasLand on December 15 in Los Angeles! It’s an immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

Nov 2, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This time, I read you the short story "Keep it all the Year" by Sarah Tipper. You can find her short story collection, Tales to take you to Christmas, on Amazon. 

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I’ll be appearing on a podcasters panel at Christmas Con in Edison New Jersey on November 9, but tickets are sold out.
  5. I'll be at ChristmasLand on December 15 in Los Angeles! It’s an immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

Oct 28, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This time, I have the honor of sharing an audio piece by Chantelle from All Things Christmas. Learn all about Christmas in Japan! And then, check out Chantelle's blog and YouTube channel

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I’ll be appearing on a podcasters panel at Christmas Con in Edison New Jersey on November 9, but tickets are sold out.
  5. I'll be at ChristmasLand on December 15 in Los Angeles! It’s an immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

Oct 19, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This time, I read the 1921 short story, "A Christmas Adventure," by J. E. Chamberlin. Hope you enjoy!

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I’ll be appearing on a podcasters panel at Christmas Con in Edison New Jersey on November 9, but tickets are sold out.
  5. I'll be at ChristmasLand on December 15 in Los Angeles! It’s an immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

Oct 12, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This time, I present a special "best of" sampler from Todd Killian's podcast, Christmas Clatter.

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I’ll be appearing on a podcasters panel at Christmas Con in Edison New Jersey on November 9, but tickets are sold out.
  5. I'll be at ChristmasLand on December 15 in Los Angeles! It’s an immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

Oct 4, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This time, I read you a forgotten Christmas short story, "The Christmas Present" from 1922.

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I’ll be appearing on a podcasters panel at Christmas Con in Edison New Jersey on November 9.
  5. The Christmas Past iPhone app is coming! More details soon.
  6. ChristmasLand is happening on December 15 in Los Angeles. It’s immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

Sep 26, 2019

I'm back with another Ber Months Bonus episode! This time, I read you the classic Christmas story, "The Gift of the Magi." 

Announcements

  1. If you leave a review I’ll send you a Christmas card containing a Christmas Past sticker. Write me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com for details. 
  2. Send your Christmas memory for the 2019 season. Record yourself on your phone’s voice recorder app and send it to the email address above. 
  3. I’m doing a live show this year at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco in November. I’m teaming up with Tim Babb from Can’t Wait for Christmas for a fun and very Victorian hour or Christmas spirit.
  4. I’ll be appearing on a podcasters panel at Christmas Con in Edison New Jersey on November 9.
  5. The Christmas Past iPhone app is coming! More details soon.
  6. ChristmasLand is happening on December 15 in Los Angeles. It’s immersive Christmas movie experience that'll give you "all the  feels.” Follow them on Instagram @christmaslandexperience.

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and check out all the bonus Christmas content at christmaspast.media

 

Sep 20, 2019

We're in the Ber Months now, so get ready for some bonus episodes as we ease our way into the 2019 Christmas season! In this episode, author Kyle Bullock shares an extended preview of the audio version of his new Christmas story, Mister Christmas

Take a listen to the first two chapters of Mister Christmas. And then, if you want to hear the rest, Kyle has extended a special offer to Christmas Past listeners. You can have the whole story for $3.00! Just use the promo code GIFT at checkout at www.misterchristmasbook.com.

I'll be at Christmas Con on Nov 8, 9, and 10 in Edison NJ. Come meet the stars of your favorite Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, and come to my panel discussion!

Join the conversation on social media. Search for Christmas Past on Twitter and Instagram, and join the Christmas Past Facebook Group. 

Sep 7, 2019

We're in the Ber Months now, so get ready for some bonus episodes as we ease our way into the 2019 Christmas season! 

Announcements in this episode

About this bonus episode

Joanna Wilson is an author, blogger, and podcaster who studies Christmas entertainment. In this episode, I share part of her five-part series about that topic. Enjoy this bonus episode, then go to Christmas TV History to check out the rest. 

 

Jun 25, 2019

It's June 25, and that means we're exactly halfway to Christmas! The occasion has come to be known as Leon Day, but nobody's really sure how that all got started. But one thing's for sure: many crafters recognize it as the day to get started on their Christmas crafting. In this episode, I get some insight from Holly, a crafter from Missouri. We also hear from Mary in Ireland, who shares some of her memories about celebrating "halfway to Christmas."

Also, just like last year, this summer episode also includes a midyear check-in and special announcements about the upcoming season of Christmas Past. You'll definitely want to check it out, because 2019 is going to be the biggest and best season yet!

For even more info about Leon Day, check out this article I recently wrote for All Things Christmas.

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Music in this episode

Rate and review Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you an official Christmas Past sticker and a handwritten Christmas card to say thanks!

Dec 24, 2018

In a few short days, Christmas of 2018 will belong to Christmas Past. So in this final episode of the 2018 Christmas season, Brian looks back at some of the news and trends that defined this year's Christmas. There's also a little year-end wrap up for the show and the world of Christmas podcasts in general. 

Thank you all for being part of the 2018 season of Christmas Past! Everyone who listened, told a friend, shared a memory, participated in the Facebook group, and engaged on other social media. 

I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Music in this Episode

"Deck the Hall B" - Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

Dec 22, 2018

It's my favorite episode of the Christmas season: the one dedicated to you sharing your favorite Christmas memories and traditions. Thank you to everyone to shared a part of their Christmas with us in this episode! 

 

Music in this episode

"Night Light" - Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

 

Visit http://christmaspast.media for more Christmas fun!

Dec 20, 2018

In this bonus episode, Brian answers questions from the listener mailbag, and we also here a a few Christmas memories. 

 

Music in this episode

"Relaxing Piano Music" - Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

Dec 19, 2018

In 1955, a misplaced phone call unwittingly created an annual Christmas tradition. It's a story shrouded in a bit of mystery, a lot of Christmas spirit, and a sworn duty to ensure Santa’s safe passage through open airspace. Find out why NORAD tracks Santa on Christmas Eve. 

 

Music in this episode

  • "Escape"— Chris Holmes, via Free Music Archive
  • "A Little Powder"— Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Rabbit Hole"— Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Western Greb"— Chad Crouch, via Free Music Archive
  • "Wish Background"— Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
Dec 16, 2018

Shortly after Thanksgiving, certain cable news and talk radio pundits remind you that it’s that it’s time once again to be outraged. Because sinister forces are working to take Christmas away from you. Is there really a war on Christmas? Listen to this episode and then judge for yourself. 

Music in this episode

  • "Undercover Vampire Policeman"— Chris Zabriskie, via Free Music Archive
  • "Together we Stand" — Scott Holmes, via Free Music Archive
  • "Gentle Marimbas" — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
  • "Holiday Gift" — Kai Engel, via Free Music Archive
  • "We Wish You" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Box Canyon" — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 13, 2018

Usually on Christmas Past, I share your Christmas memories. But this episode is dedicated to me sharing one of mine. It’s a memory you have too, in some form, because it’s inevitable for everyone who grows up celebrating Christmas and believing in Santa Claus. It should go without saying that this episode is for the grownups only!

 

Music in this episode

"Relaxing Piano Music" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 10, 2018

Twelve days of Christmas? What's up with that? And who ever thought turtle doves and partridges make good Christmas gifts? (Come to think of it, just what the heck is a turtle dove?) We'll get to the bottom of it all with the help of language professor Mark Sundaram.

Music in this episode

  • "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" — Doug Hammer, via Feels Like Christmas
  • "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Twelve Days of Christmas" — Inner Splendor, via Feels Like Christmas
  • "Gentle Marimbas" — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
  • "Thannoid" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
Dec 8, 2018

Welcome to Tinsel Town is a new Christmas adventure podcast that arrived on Thanksgiving Day. Join me as I talk to Jenna Knorr and Adam Ganong to discuss the making of a new audio drama. And then check out their show wherever you get podcasts, or https://trianglecontent.com/podcasts/welcometotinseltown/

Music in this Episode

  • "Night Light" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 7, 2018

Few things are more Christmassy than the flickering glow of a log on the fire. Even when that fire is experienced on a TV or device screen, it still conjures up a cozy and festive atmosphere. A New York city TV station introduced the  televised Yule Log in 1966. What began as a quirky experiment would eventually take on a life of its own!

Music in this Episode

  • "Let There be Joy" — Cathy Oakes, via Feels Like Christmas
  • "Early Morning Snowfall" — Chuck Brown, via Feels Like Christmas
  • "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Angels We Have Heard" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 4, 2018

Miracle on 34th Street doesn't fit today's standards for what makes a movie Christmassy. It involved a cynical child and a Santa Claus who gets locked up in a mental health institution before undergoing a public psych hearing. Not only that, but the movie was released in June of 1947. And yet, it has gone on to become not only a beloved movie, but also a cherished tradition. How did that happen? We'll find out with the help of film critic Alonso Duralde.

Music in this episode

  • “Losing Love” — Dexter Britain
  • "Hard Boiled" — Kevin MacLeod
  • "Cherry Blossom" — Kevin MacLeod
  • "Sad Marimba Planet" — Lee Rosevere
  • "Do You Hear What I Hear?" — Jimmy Atkins 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Dec 1, 2018

It's the Christmas cake we love to hate. But why? How did a cake steeped in history and tradition, tied closely to the Christmas celebration (and often soaked in booze, no less) go on to become so widely mocked? 

Music in this Episode:

  • Night Day: Dan Yan Key
  • Blue Highway: Poddington Bear
  • Dowl: Poddington Bear
  • Wish Background: Kevin MacLeod 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

Nov 28, 2018

Christmas wouldn't be the same without the influence of Charles Dickens and his most famous work: A Christmas Carol. Some have even gone as far as saying he basically "invented" Christmas as we know it today. So...did he? In this episode, I get answers from the man himself!

Music in this Episode:

  • Traditional tune played by band at Dickens Fair
  • Snowfall: Shady Dave
  • Wish Background: Kevin MacCleod 

Rate Christmas Past on Apple Podcasts, and I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. After leaving your review, get in touch through the contact page at http://christmaspast.media/contact and let me know your Apple Podcasts username and an address where you can receive your sticker. 

Follow Christmas Past on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Christmas Past is a proud member of the Christmas Podcast Network, a collection of the best Christmas shows around.

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