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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 • 390 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!

    Bonus Episode — This. Is. Sheperdy!

    Bonus Episode — This. Is. Sheperdy!

    In this bonus episode, Brian's Christmas spirit is put to the test with a fun-filled game of Christmas trivia. This…is…Sherperdy! 

    Today, we take a little break from telling the backstories to Christmas traditions and Christmas memories. A very special member of the Christmas Past family invited yours truly to play a game of Christmas trivia. So, play along at home and see how you do!

    Thanks again to Rachel in New York for inviting me to play.  

    • 40 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
390 Ratings

390 Ratings

narnar916 ,

Cute!

Very interesting! We loved listening on the way to look at lights with the kids. Thanks!

Edward000006 ,

Best Christmas Podcast!

Honestly, can not get enough of this podcast! Great content and a fun listen in the holiday season!

Bandboxlife McBeevee ,

So Glad To Have Found

This podcast is just absolutely lovely. From the very interesting facts to the podcasters brilliant “radio” voice, these shorts are the audible version of cookies. Short, sweet, and leaving you wanting more.

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