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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
    • 4.9 • 592 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!

    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. 

    • 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. 

    • 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! 

    • 21 min
    Backstory — Xmas

    Backstory — Xmas

    Christmas is often abbreviate as Xmas, buy 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! 

    • 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!  

    • 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.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
592 Ratings

592 Ratings

Coleen W. ,

I promised my students that I would write this review of our favorite podcast!

Brian Earl,
Over the years, you have brought so much joy to me and my children, both biological and students. Thank you for keeping the holiday spirit all year and sharing it with everyone who listens to your delightful podcast.

Christmas Past is by far my all-time favorite podcast. I teach seventh grade students in Pennsylvania. In one of my yearly assignments, my students pick an episode of a podcast they enjoy and write a summary and review about this episode. The students then share their writing about the podcast episode with their class so that other students who may be interested can also listen to this podcast. Four years ago, the morning after I gave the assignment, a student excitedly ran down the hall towards me and yelled that he found a podcast he knew I would love. It was Christmas Past! He wrote about the episode about Christmas lights. He knew how much I love anything concerning Christmas, and he was so excited to share this podcast with me. He knew me well, and Christmas Past is now my favorite podcast. Every year when I present this podcast assignment to my classes in November, I use this episode about the history of Christmas lights that my student shared with me a few years ago as the sample podcast for the current seventh grade class. We listen to it in all my classes, and they practice the assignment with this episode before they then select a podcast to complete the assignment. Every year, many of the students now pick a different episode of Christmas Past as the podcast for their assignment. Every time one of them who chose an episode of Christmas Past presents their writing to the class, we are all excited to hear about another episode of this joyful podcast. This year, after hearing your request in the podcast episode to write a review and then to get a sticker, my students asked me to write this review since we all love this podcast, and they want me to get a sticker for my classroom! They recently reminded me to write one, and I had to follow through for them. I also had to write one because I do truly love this podcast.

SimSanders20 ,

Christmas past

I just ran across this podcast recently, and have totally been listening ever since! Fabulous! Brian, you do a great job! Keep up the good work, and Merry Christmas all year long!
Thank you, Dale Townsend.

I’d really love a sticker if your willing to send one.
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Thanks again.

Mz Madge ,

A new favorite tradition

This podcast is fantastic. It is a great way to share and appreciate Christmas traditions from all over the world.

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