Christmas Past podcast

Christmas Past

Brian Earl

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!

157 Episodes

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    Story Time — The Wicked Editor's Christmas Dream

    11:09

    It's almost Halloween, so how about a ghost story? Well, this one won't exactly send a shiver down your spine, but maybe it'll get you into the spirit...or at least pass the time on a cool autumn evening. It's the 1893 story, the Wicked Editor's Christmas Dream.  Music in this episode "Angel's Dream" — Aakash Ghandi, via YouTube Audio Library
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    Playlist — A festive five pack of Christmas tracks from indie artists

    24:16

    Now that it's October, a lot of us are listening to Christmas music to ease our way into the season. Sure, the classics are great, but sometimes you need to hear something new to keep things fresh. In today's episode, you'll hear five new-to-you Christmas songs from some great independent artists!  Songs featured in this episode Chrissy Blazier Soundcloud Dotcom Davinci Bandcamp The Yule Lads Instagram Youtube Montgomery Instagram Bandcamp GRAZE Bandcamp Facebook Other music in this episode "The Christmas Song" — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist
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    History Lesson — The Christmas Stories of 19th Century America

    11:48

    The Christmas stories of 19th century America provide a window into American history itself. These stories reflect the values and politics of pre- and post-Civil-War America, in addition to chronicling the makings of our modern Christmas celebration.  That's the topic of the new book, Christmas Past: An Anthology of Seasonal Stories from Nineteenth-Century America. The author, professor Thomas Ruys Smith from the University of East Anglia, joins me in this episode for a Christmassy literary tour through a century — with many surprises along the way.  This is our final episode of September. One Ber Month down, three to go! Stay subscribed for more Ber Month fun leading up to the "official" Christmas Past season, starting on Thanksgiving Day.  Share your Christmas memories on the podcast! Record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast at g mail dot com Music in this episode "Allie Mine" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
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    Roundtable — Two Truths and a Lie, 80s edition with Todd Killian and Gerry Davilla

    30:20

    Today, we're returning to an old crowd favorite: the game where you have to spot the lie! Test your Christmas spirit, deception detection, and knowledge of the 80s with this all new Ber Months bonus episode.  Join me, along with Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter and Gerry Davilla from Totally Rad Christmas for a game of two truths and a lie. This game has a special twist. Its a three-round game, taking place on three different podcasts! On Christmas Past, you'll hear round one, where yours truly quizzes Todd and Gerry on Christmas of 1980 - 1983.  Stay subscribed for more Christmas fun throughout the Ber Months, and into the Christmas season.  Music in this episode "A Peaceful Winter" — Scott Holmes, via Free Music Archive
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    Story Time — The Burglar's Christmas

    27:27

    Brian reads the 1896 short story, The Burglar's Christmas, by Willa Cather.  Welcome to another Ber Months bonus episode, sugarplums! I love these classic Christmas stories to help me get into the spirit. Today's story is bit of a 'prodigal son' story that takes place on Christmas Eve.  tay subscribed for more fun and surprises throughout September and October, and beyond.  It's never too early to send a Christmas memory to appear on the show this year. The earlier the better, actually! Record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast [at] g mail Music in this episode "On Top of itTAL" — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
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    History Lesson — The Eggnog Riot

    12:05

    It's one of the strangest cases from the pages of American Military history. A Christmas party in 1826 at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint that spun out of control, and would be known forevermore as the Eggnog Riot.  Welcome to the Ber Months, everyone! Christmas Past is back to bring some Christmas cheer to the early fall, as we ramp up to the official Christmas season. Stay subscribed for more fun and surprises throughout September and October, and beyond.  It's never too early to send a Christmas memory to appear on the show this year. The earlier the better, actually! Record a voice memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast [at] g mail Music in this episode "Just Stay" — Aakash Ghandi, via Youtube Audio Library "Almost in F - Tranquility" — Kevin MacLeod, via Youtube Audio Library "Springtime" — Gillicuddy, via Free Music Archive "Three Little Drummers from the George Washington Show" — The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, via Free Music Archive
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    Quiz Show — Christmas Trivia with Bob and Mary Ellen from Illinois

    37:57

    Happy April, everyone. We're back with a festive, Jeopardy-inspired game of Christmas trivia. Bob and Mary Ellen from Illinois recently invited me to put my Christmas spirit to the test. Play along and see how your knowledge of arcane Christmas trivia stacks up against yours truly's!  Music in this episode Midsummer Sky — Kevin MacLeod, via Youtube Audio Library Keep in touch christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com Facebook page Facebook group Twitter Instagram Be sure to check out the "Definitive Directory of Christmas Podcasts" 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. 
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    Interview — Geoff LeBaron, director of the annual Christmas Bird Count

    9:37

    In 1900, an ornithologist suggested replacing the traditional Christmas morning hunt with a "bird census." It's an idea that has been carried out each year since then. The Christmas Bird Count is an important project that contributes to our understanding of bird populations. And you can get involved!  Links Join the Christmas Bird Count page Music in this Episode Cottonwoods — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive Labranche — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive Cast and Favor — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
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    Interview — Julia Georgallis, author of How to Eat Your Christmas Tree

    11:23

    Christmas trees are for decorating, admiring, and placing decoratively wrapped gifts underneath. But how about...for eating? Baker and designer Julia Georgalis joins me in this episode to discuss her new book, How to Eat Your Christmas Tree. It's the result of a five-year culinary experiment centered around sustainability at Christmas time.  Mentioned in this episode Julia Georgallis on Instagram The book: How to Eat Your Christmas Tree Julia's Web site The Edible Archive Music in this episode Jingle Bells Calm — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech Wish Background  — Kevin MacLeod via Incompetech It Came Upon a Midnight Clear — Kevin MacLeod via Incompetech Be sure to check out the "Definitive Directory of Christmas Podcasts" 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.  Christmas trees are for decorating, admiring, and placing decoratively wrapped gifts underneath. But how about...for eating? Baker and designer Julia Georgalis joins me in this episode to discuss her new book, How to Eat Your Christmas Tree. It's the result of a five-year culinary experiment centered around sustainability at Christmas time.  Mentioned in this episode Julia Georgallis on Instagram The book: How to Eat Your Christmas Tree Julia's Web site The Edible Archive Music in this episode Jingle Bells Calm — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech Wish Background  — Kevin MacLeod via Incompetech It Came Upon a Midnight Clear — Kevin MacLeod via Incompetech Be sure to check out the "Definitive Directory of Christmas Podcasts" 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. 
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    Christmas 2020

    8:09

    Merry Christmas! The big day is here, and that means it's time for Christmas Past's annual "Christmas in Review" episode. We'll take a look back at Christmas of 2020 to review the trends and headlines that made this Christmas uniquely its own. After all, starting tomorrow, Christmas of 2020 belongs to Christmas past. Does anything from this year have the makings of a lasting tradition? Only time will tell. Wishing you and your loved ones all the warmth and magic of the season. Merry Christmas, and happy new year. Music in this episode Silent Night — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech Deck the Halls A — Kevin MacLeod via Incompetech O Holy Night — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist

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