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Behind every Christmas tradition is a story, often a forgotten one. Every year as we put up a tree and pour the eggnog, we’re continuing generations-old narratives, while being mostly unaware of their starting chapters.

Join Brian Earl to explore the fascinating stories behind the most wonderful time of the year. It's equal parts nerdy deep dive and warmhearted celebration. Think: NPR meets Clement Clark Moore!

Christmas Past is one of the longest running Christmas podcasts, now in its seventh season.

Vanity Fair says: "With excellent production, engaging narration, and short, digestible running times, Christmas Past is perfect to put on while decorating your tree or preparing Christmas dinner."

In November 2022, Lyons Press and Recorded books will publish Brian's new book, based on the podcast. Pre-order your copy today!

Christmas Past Brian Earl

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 600 Ratings

Behind every Christmas tradition is a story, often a forgotten one. Every year as we put up a tree and pour the eggnog, we’re continuing generations-old narratives, while being mostly unaware of their starting chapters.

Join Brian Earl to explore the fascinating stories behind the most wonderful time of the year. It's equal parts nerdy deep dive and warmhearted celebration. Think: NPR meets Clement Clark Moore!

Christmas Past is one of the longest running Christmas podcasts, now in its seventh season.

Vanity Fair says: "With excellent production, engaging narration, and short, digestible running times, Christmas Past is perfect to put on while decorating your tree or preparing Christmas dinner."

In November 2022, Lyons Press and Recorded books will publish Brian's new book, based on the podcast. Pre-order your copy today!

    Christmas 2021

    Christmas 2021

    Merry Christmas, everyone! The big day has arrived. And it's time for our sixth annual Christmas year in review. We'll recall all the sights, sounds, news, and trends that made this Christmas unique. Plus, I'll review my own Christmas season, and talk about what's to come in 2022. 
    Thank you to everyone who took part in the season, by listening, sharing memories, leaving reviews, participating in the Facebook group, and reaching out to say hi.
    A very Merry Christmas to all of you, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! 
    Thank you to The Great Dickens Christmas Fair for inviting me back to check out its drive-through event, and capturing some audio. 
    Music in this episode
    "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech Share a Christmas memory on the podcast! Just record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Keep it reasonably short, clean and family friendly, and be sure to say your name and where you're from. 
    Keep in touch
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    • 11 min
    Christmas Eve, Christmas Memories 2021

    Christmas Eve, Christmas Memories 2021

    It's Christmas Eve! No matter how you celebrate, or where you celebrate, or who you call family, I hope you’re feeling the Christmas spirit right about now. And I, as well as several members of the Christmas Past family, are here to deliver just a little bit more of it. 
    Be sure to follow the Tree Twins on Instagram! 
    Music in this episode
    "Stille Nacht" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech "I'll Stay" — Peder B. Helland, via Soothing Relaxation "Deck the Halls A" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech "Silent Night" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech Keep in touch
    christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasPastPodcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173778110150282 Twitter: https://twitter.com/XmasPastPodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christmaspastofficial/ 

    • 21 min
    Your Christmas Memories: 2021, vol 2

    Your Christmas Memories: 2021, vol 2

    It's Christmas Eve Eve Eve! The big day is almost here. Friends and loved ones are starting to gather and prepare, ready to add a new chapter to their Christmas story, and to reminisce about Christmasses past. And today, so are we…as the Christmas Past family. It’s another episode all about you. About sharing your stories and memories, your traditions and love of our favorite holiday! 
    Marv from the UK shares a memory in this episode. Check out his podcast, Pods Like Us. Thanks to him and everyone else who shared a memory in this episode!
    Music in this episode
    "Away in a Manger" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "I Saw Three Ships" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "The First Noel" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "The Little Drummer Boy" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "The Little Drummer Boy" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "O Holy Night" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist Keep in touch
    christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasPastPodcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173778110150282 Twitter: https://twitter.com/XmasPastPodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christmaspastofficial/ 

    • 21 min
    Backstory — Xmas

    Backstory — Xmas

    Christmas is often abbreviate as Xmas, but why? Why does X make a suitable abbreviation, and why does Christmas need abbreviating at all? To find the answers, we'll have to go back to the earliest days of Christianity, and and explore the world of symbology and word origins. 
    Thank you to Mignon Fogarty, from Grammar Girl for joining me in this episode! 
    Music in this episode
    "Golden Hour" — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive "Prelude No. 11" — Chris Zabrieski, via Free Music Archive "Silent Night" — ZakharValaha, via Pixabay "Wish Background" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech Share a Christmas memory on the podcast! Just record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Keep it reasonably short, clean and family friendly, and be sure to say your name and where you're from. 
    Keep in touch
    christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasPastPodcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173778110150282 Twitter: https://twitter.com/XmasPastPodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christmaspastofficial/   

    • 10 min
    Trivia Double Header — Sheperdy

    Trivia Double Header — Sheperdy

    Welcome back for the second consecutive day of Christmas trivia! It's the conclusion of our special double header. Join us today when Rachel plays quizmaster to Brian in a game of "Sheperdy." We're in the final countdown to Christmas of 2021, but rest assured: there's much more Christmas cheer on tap between now and the big day!  
    Music in this episode
    "Turning" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
    Share a Christmas memory on the podcast! Just record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Keep it reasonably short, clean and family friendly, and be sure to say your name and where you're from. 
    Keep in touch
    christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasPastPodcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173778110150282 Twitter: https://twitter.com/XmasPastPodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christmaspastofficial/ 

    • 20 min
    Trivia Double Header — Two Truths and a Lie: 1970s

    Trivia Double Header — Two Truths and a Lie: 1970s

    In a first here on Christmas Past, we're doing a double header of Christmas trivia. Join me today and tomorrow for back-to-back episodes where you put your Christmas spirit to the test. Today, the name of the game is "Two Truths and a Lie," where your deception detection skills are just as important as your knowledge of Christmas history. All questions in today's game are related to the 1970s. Tomorrow, come back for Sheperdy, a Jeopardy inspired Christmas trivia game. Today and tomorrow, I'll be playing with Rachel in New York!
    Music in this episode
    "Inspiring Cinematic Uplifting Piano" — ZakharValaha, via Pixabay
    Share a Christmas memory on the podcast! Just record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Keep it reasonably short, clean and family friendly, and be sure to say your name and where you're from. 
    Keep in touch
    christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasPastPodcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173778110150282 Twitter: https://twitter.com/XmasPastPodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christmaspastofficial/ 

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
600 Ratings

600 Ratings

ZeroDarkToothHurty ,

Love this podcast!

Christmas is the best time of year and my favorite time of year. I’m so excited that I found an excellent Christmas podcast to listen to. Listening to it has quickly become part of my holiday traditions. Brian’s voice is very calming and pleasant, and I really enjoy learning new things about the holiday and season. If you like history and Christmas this podcast is for you!

KateMutch ,

Festive, fun, and factual

Love listening to this podcast. Getting in the Christmas spirit with others memories and traditions is a nice break from my normal true crime podcast listening. I enjoy the historical facts and tidbits - that information that is fun to know but you'll never need is my jam. The host is easy to listen to and the episodes are just like Santa - worth the wait! Highly recommend.

armoniaecelestium ,

Can’t wait for Christmas!

I am one of those people who wishes Christmas could be all year and this is one of my favorite podcasts! I love hearing people’s Christmas memories and learning the stories behind favorite Christmas traditions. Listening to an episode always brightens my day.

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