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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!

Christmas Past Brian Earl

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

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!

    Backstory — Candy Canes

    Backstory — Candy Canes

    For something so closely tied to Christmas — whose very image and flavor is practically synonymous with the season —  it may be surprising to realize that origins of candy canes are something of a sweet mystery.

    • 12 min
    Season Opener — Brian reads "The Velveteen Rabbit"

    Season Opener — Brian reads "The Velveteen Rabbit"

    Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Well here we are at the beginning of another Christmas season together. This is Christmas season number five for Christmas Past. Today we're ringing in the 2020 Christmas season with a reading of the 1922 story, The Velveteen Rabbit. 

    • 27 min
    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — Why do we say 'Merry Christmas'?

    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — Why do we say 'Merry Christmas'?

    The countdown to the new season of Christmas Past is almost over! Come back on Thanksgiving Day for the season kickoff and for me to wish you a Merry Christmas. Ever wonder why we say "Merry Christmas"? Let's revisit a classic episode of Christmas Past to find out. 

    • 14 min
    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — Christmas Advertisements

    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — Christmas Advertisements

    Next Thursday is Thanksgiving! And that means the start of an all new season of Christmas Past. By now you've probably seen Christmas ads and merchandise on the shelves and the airwaves. So let's check out a classic episode from the archive, where Brian tells the story of how Christmas advertising came to be.

    • 13 min
    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — The Nutcracker

    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — The Nutcracker

    Thanksgiving is a week from Thursday, and that's when official 2020 season of Christmas Past begins. As we count down, we're taking a look back at the classic episodes that started it all. Today, it's the 2017 episode about the surprising history behind The Nutcracker. 

    • 12 min
    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — Santa Claus, part 3

    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — Santa Claus, part 3

    We're less than two weeks away from the start of the new season of Christmas Past. Till then, we're revisiting some classics from Christmas Past...past. Today's episode is the last in the original three-part series about the origins of Santa Claus.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Mughesy ,

Essential listening, now more than ever!

I love Christmas but this year, more than ever, the love, warmth, togetherness and happiness it can brings cannot come soon enough. This Podcast is a wonderful way to get you in the Christmas spirit, to forget the stresses and anxieties of 2020 and to accompany you throughout your preparations and build up to the special day. I love it, thank you so much for making it. Stay safe.

Jules the elf ,

Makes me feel holly jolly!

Stumbled upon this podcast last year, and it really made my dark and dreary journeys to work all the more festive and fun. I love hearing about Christmas traditions, and other people’s Christmas memories, it makes us feel like one huge Christmas loving family! :D Can’t recommend it enough

ohmydees84 ,

Festive Feels

Loving this podcast on my cold dark morning dog walks. So interesting finding out how and where the festive traditions we know and love originated.

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