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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 • 375 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!

    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
    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — Santa Claus, part 2

    Christmas Past Classic: Backstory — Santa Claus, part 2

    Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, and that means the start of the new "official" season of Christmas Past. Till then, we're revisiting some of the classics from the vault. This time, it's part two of the three part series that started it all. 

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
375 Ratings

375 Ratings

FPG Mobile ,

High quality and loads of fun

So this is one of those podcast gems. It’s like NPR‘s driveway moments but focused on Christmas. Brian really does his research, and his delivery is professional and enjoyable to listen to as well. I also appreciate the fact that the content is family friendly. This will definitely become a holiday season tradition to listen to and share these episodes. Thank you Brian and Merry Christmas to all.

christmas@the beach ,

Christmas Past

Christmas Past combines 2 of my loves, history and the Christmas holiday. Learning about the origins of our favorite traditions, movies and food makes the season so much more interesting. Brian and his guests add unique perspective in a cozy, warm atmosphere. Grab a cuppa tea, snuggle in by the fire and listen in on some wonderful stories.

aunebrian ,

Season cheer

Really appreciate all the effort Brian puts in to being holiday cheer to us all.

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