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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 25, 2018

Have you ever wondered why we say "merry Christmas" and not "happy Christmas"? And why the word "merry" seems to exist nowadays only to be used for spreading holiday cheer? We'll get it sorted out with the help of linguist Arika Okrent. 

Music in this Episode:

  • Gaena: Blue Dot Sessions
  • March: Kai Engel
  • Delicant: Podington Bear
  • Suppose it Is: Podington Bear
  • 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.

Nov 22, 2018

We're kicking off the 2018 season with a Thanksgiving family gathering of Christmas podcasters. Join members of the Christmas Podcast Network as we share our thoughts about one of our favorite topics: Christmas music!

Thanks to these great podcasts for lending their voices: 

  • Tinsel Tunes
  • Can't Wait for Christmas
  • Christmas Creeps
  • Weird Christmas
  • Tis the Podcast
  • Advent Calendar House

And a shout out to the rest of the Christmas Podcast Network shows: 

  • Deck the Hallmark
  • Hallmark and Jess
  • It's a 90s Christmas Podcast

Find out more about each show at http://www.christmaspodcastnetwork.com

Music in this episode

Night Light by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 8, 2018

Christmas Past will be back again on Thanksgiving Day to kick off the 2018 season. You can expect an episode to arrive every few days all the way up till Christmas day. Join me for more of the fascinating backstories behind your favorite Christmas traditions and of course more of your Christmas memories. It’s not too late to be on the show this season. Record a voice memo on your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Or leave a voicemail on my google voice line at 650-394-7162.

Come to the http://christmaspast.media for articles, quizzes, videos, and much more, including links to the new Facebook group and YouTube channel. 

Subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts. And if you leave a review on Apple Podcasts / iTunes, I'll send you a sticker to say thanks. Email me for details. 

See you on Thanksgiving Day!

Music in this episode

Silver by Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Oct 31, 2018

This Halloween, Christmas Past is masquerading as one of my favorite podcasts: Tis the Podcast. Hosts Anthony and Julia join me for a Halloween crossover as we discuss everyone's favorite ghost story: A Christmas Carol. We cover the 1984 made-for-TV version starring George C. Scott. 

Tis the Podcast co-host Thom was with us in spirit (as in the spirit of Christmas Future), because he was busy working on a surprise. My lips are sealed for now, but I'll have more to say about that sometime soon. 

Music in this episode

Turning by Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Jul 15, 2018

It's the basis for summer sales, Hallmark movie marathons, and memes and hashtags strewn across social media. But what exactly is Christmas in July? And where did it come from? 

Music from this episode

  • "Turning" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Tessalit" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Heliotrope" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

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Dec 24, 2017

The this final episode of the season, we take a look back at Christmas of 2017 and do a year-end wrap up for the show.

Music from this episode

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

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Dec 22, 2017

By popular request, this episode is dedicated solely to your Christmas memories!

Thank you to this episode's contributors

  • Claudia, in Italy
  • Ana and Hector, in Mexico
  • Jake, in Australia
  • Anne, in California
  • Jessie, in Pennsylvania
  • Julie, in New York
  • Rose Marie, in Chicago
  • Keith, in New York
  • Andrea, in Washington (host of the baking podcast, Preheated)
  • Gabe, in Michigan (host of the gaming podcast, Inter Party Conflict)

Music from this episode

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

 

And please rate and review the show on iTunes. It's a quick and painless way to show support. It takes less than a minute, and it helps more people find the show.

 

Dec 20, 2017

 

In 1983, moviegoers were introduced to little Ralphie Parker. And even though A Christmas Story looms large today with 24-hour marathons, sequels, and merchandise, but it was a slow climb to the top.

Fun Links

  • A Christmas Story House: Web site for the house / museum from the movie
  • Triple Dog Dare: Book by Joanna Wilson (who appears in episode 16 this season), recounting her experience watching the entire 24-hour movie marathon
  • Criminally Intrigued: Web site by Anthony, who shares a Christmas memory in this episode

Music from this episode

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

You can subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts, like iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, and TuneIn. If you're on an Android device, the simplest way to subscribe may be right here.

And please rate and review the show on iTunes. It's a quick and painless way to show support. It takes less than a minute, and it helps more people find the show.

Dec 18, 2017

We've drunk some form of eggnog since medieval times. But it didn't become a Christmas beverage until it reached America.

Fun Links

  • Tis the Podcast: Check out the gang from Tis the Podcast. They share their favorite Christmas movie memories in this episode
  • Jeffrey Morganthaler: Author and craft bartender Jeffrey Morganthaler shares his signature eggnog recipes
  • The Bar Book: Jeffrey's definitive guide to the elements of cocktail technique

Music from this episode

  • Night Light” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • Contrarian” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • Wish Background” — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
  • "Partly Sage" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

Stay connected to Christmas Past

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

You can subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts, like iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, and TuneIn. If you're on an Android device, the simplest way to subscribe may be right here.

And please rate and review the show on iTunes. It's a quick and painless way to show support. It takes less than a minute, and it helps more people find the show.

Dec 14, 2017

La buche du Noel is a festively eye-catching dessert from France. And it wouldn't have been possible if not for a nineteenth century urbanization trend and the widespread availability of cheap sugar.

Fun Links

Music from this episode

Stay connected to Christmas Past

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

You can subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts, like iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, and TuneIn. If you're on an Android device, the simplest way to subscribe may be right here.

And please rate and review the show on iTunes. It's a quick and painless way to show support. It takes less than a minute, and it helps more people find the show.

Dec 11, 2017

Unlike other Christmas traditions that Americans import from abroad, The Nutcracker didn't become a Christmas tradition until it reached America. And as far as Christmas traditions go, it's one of the newer ones we have.

Fun Links

  • Nutcracker Nation: Book by Jennifer Fisher, the expert guest from this episode
  • Super Co-op Squad: Video game podcast hosted by Johnny Mac, who shares a Christmas memory in this episode

Music from this episode

  • “The Nutcracker Suite” — Gene Gajewski, via SoundCloud
  • “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” — Kevin MacLeod, via Free Music Archive

Stay connected to Christmas Past

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

You can subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts, like iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn. If you're on an Android device, the simplest way to subscribe may be right here.

And please rate and review the show on iTunes. It's a quick and painless way to show support. It takes less than a minute, and it helps more people find the show.

Dec 7, 2017

 

 

 

Holly is inseparable from Christmas. But its use in wintertime celebrations goes back even farther than Christmas itself.

Fun Links

Music from this episode

Stay connected to Christmas Past

Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get!

You can subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts, like iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, and TuneIn. If you're on an Android device, the simplest way to subscribe may be right here.

And please rate and review the show on iTunes. It's a quick and painless way to show support. It takes less than a minute, and it helps more people find the show.

Dec 4, 2017

In 1962, the first Christmas cartoon created for television debuted. And even decades later, nothing can compete with the classic cartoons from that era.

Fun Links

Music from this episode

  • Wingspan” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • Gentle Marimbas” — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
  • Flattered” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Bethlehem" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
Dec 1, 2017

In a first-of-its-kind crossover collaboration, seven Christmas podcasters are coming together to read you the classic Christmas story, The House of the Seven Santas, by John Kendrick Bangs.

Each podcast will present a few minutes of the story. You'll hear seven different Christmas podcasts in all to hear the story in its entirety. Here's the full list:

Music from this episode

Nov 30, 2017

The first Christmas lights appeared in 1882, and would forever change the scenery at Christmas time.

Fun Links

Music from this episode

Nov 27, 2017

When the first department store Santa appeared in 1890, it wasn't just a cross section of Christmas and commerce. It was also a major step in the evolution of Santa Claus.

Fun Links

Music from this episode

  • Thannoid” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • Are We Loose Yet” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • Heliotrope” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
Nov 23, 2017

You may cringe at the idea that Christmas advertisements are a legit Christmas tradition. But they're undeniably part of the atmosphere of the season...and have an interesting history behind them.

Fun Links

  • Genuine Chit Chat: In this episode we hear from Mike, host of Genuine Chit Chat. Check him out on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts
  • Christmas in America: The book by Penne Restadt, the expert guest in this episode

Music from this episode

  • Pipe Dreamz” — Matt Oakley, via Free Music Archive
  • Cases to Rest” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • We Wish You” — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
Nov 1, 2017

It's that time of year again! Christmas Past is getting ready to return for the 2017 Christmas season with a fresh batch of stories behind your favorite holiday traditions. Subscribe now so you won't miss any episodes this season.

The first episode arrives on Thanksgiving Day. And this season has in store more of what you've come to love: fascinating histories, interesting guests, and Christmas memories from listeners. You can share your own by recording a voice memo on your phone and sending it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com

Follow along on social media by searching for Christmas Past podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Dec 25, 2016

For the final episode of 2016, we celebrate Christmas Day with Brian's family and take a look back at the 2016 Christmas season. 

Thank you, everyone, for a wonderful first season of the podcast! I hope to be back again next year with more stories from Christmas Past. 

Things will slow down on social media after today, but I'm not going anywhere, you can always find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or drop me a line at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!

Dec 24, 2016

It's Christmas Eve! In our second-to-last episode of the season, Brian talks about his favorite Christmas Eve traditions and we hear from some of Brian's family members.

Subscribe on iTunes and visit www.christmaspastpodcast.com for show notes and extra content. Search for Christmas Past podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Dec 21, 2016

Even though you've heard mention of sugar plum every Christmas of your life, do you actually know what they are? 

In this episode, we hear about the history of the sugar plum and how it came to be associated with Christmas. 

We have two memories this episode! Both of them recall favorite childhood Christmas movies. 

Search for Christmas Past podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and visit http://www.christmaspastpodcast.com for show notes. Write me anytime at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com 

Dec 17, 2016

Getting tired of 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and stale cartoon specials? Take a trip back in time to the golden age of radio. You may like to check out the Christmas Old Time Radio podcast or search around Archive.org to continue your listening after this episode. 

We hear from Chicago DJ Steve Darnall and some Christmas memories from Anna in California. I can't believe we're almost done with the first season of Christmas Past! One more full length episode to come, followed by two mini episodes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Search for Christmas Past podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit http://www.christmaspastpodcast.com for show notes and more. 

Dec 13, 2016

Americans will send over a billion Christmas cards this year. Even in this age of instantaneous communication, the physical Christmas card is still inseparable from our modern holiday celebration. The Christmas card is an English invention. A man named Henry Cole is credited with creating the first commercially produced Christmas card in 1843. But more interesting are the social, economic, and technological factors that all came together at roughly the same time to enable the birth of the Christmas card.

In this episode we hear from Stephanie Boydell, curator of a special collection of greeting cards. And a Christmas memory from Annmarie in Massachusetts. 

Subscribe to Christmas Past on iTunes, Google Play, or however you get your podcasts. Search for Christmas Past podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more Christmas fun. Find show notes and more info about the show at http://www.christmaspastpodcast.com

Dec 9, 2016

The appearance of festive gift wrap in stores is one of the first signs that the Christmas season is here. But wrapping Christmas gifts is a relatively new custom.

In this episode of Christmas Past, we learn about the surprisingly interesting history of wrapping paper, with some help from Pat Lavin of the Framingham History Center. 

Corey Constable, host of the Omitted podcast, shares a Christmas memory. 

Subscribe to Christmas Past on iTunes or however you get your podcasts. Search for "Christmas Past podcast: on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And visit www.christmaspastpodcast for show notes and other extra content. 

Dec 5, 2016

The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic underdog story, but maybe not the way you think. In this episode, we discuss the unlikely journey of Robert L. May from workaday copywriter to creator of an icon.

In this episode we'll hear from Peter Carini, a librarian at Dartmouth College, which holds a collection of May's work. And we'll hear a Christmas memory from Kathy in New Jersey. 

Don't forget to subscribe to Christmas Past on iTunes, Google Play, or however you get your podcasts.

Search for "Christmas Past podcast" on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more Christmas history and vintage Christmas content. 

Visit www.christmaspastpodcast.com for show notes and more. Contact me at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com 

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