By Brian Earl
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Christmas Past is a podcast that tells the stories behind your favorite holiday traditions and celebrates Christmas nostalgia
||Clean024: Christmas in July||It's the basis for summer sales, Hallmark movie marathons, and memes and hashtags strewn across social media. But what exactly is Christmas in July? And where did it come from? Music from this episode "Turning" — Blue Dot Sessions, via...||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023: Christmas 2017||The this final episode of the season, we take a look back at Christmas of 2017 and do a year-end wrap up for the show. Music from this episode “Deck the Halls A” — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social...||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022: Christmas Memories 2017||By popular request, this episode is dedicated solely to your Christmas memories! Thank you to this episode's contributors Claudia, in Italy Ana and Hector, in Mexico Jake, in Australia Anne, in California Jessie, in Pennsylvania Julie, in New York...||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021: A Christmas Story||In 1983, moviegoers were introduced to little Ralphie Parker. And even though A Christmas Story looms large today with 24-hour marathons, sequels, and merchandise, but it was a slow climb to the top. Fun Links A Christmas Story House: Web site...||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020: Eggnog||We've drunk some form of eggnog since medieval times. But it didn't become a Christmas beverage until it reached America. Fun Links Tis the Podcast: Check out the gang from Tis the Podcast. They share their favorite Christmas movie memories in this...||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: La Buche du Noel||La buche du Noel is a festively eye-catching dessert from France. And it wouldn't have been possible if not for a nineteenth century urbanization trend and the widespread availability of cheap sugar. Fun Links Maggie's Creations...||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: The Nutcracker||Unlike other Christmas traditions that Americans import from abroad, The Nutcracker didn't become a Christmas tradition until it reached America. And as far as Christmas traditions go, it's one of the newer ones we have. Fun Links Nutcracker...||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017: Holly||Holly is inseparable from Christmas. But its use in wintertime celebrations goes back even farther than Christmas itself. Fun Links The Story Behind: Podcast by Emily Prokop, who shares a Christmas memory in this episode Holly Society of America...||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016: Golden Age Christmas TV Cartoons||In 1962, the first Christmas cartoon created for television debuted. And even decades later, nothing can compete with the classic cartoons from that era. Fun Links Weird Christmas: We heard from Craig Kringle and his podcast, Weird Christmas Tis...||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: The House of Seven Santas, Part 1||In a first-of-its-kind crossover collaboration, seven Christmas podcasters are coming together to read you the classic Christmas story, The House of the Seven Santas, by John Kendrick Bangs. Each podcast will present a few minutes of the...||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015: Christmas Lights||The first Christmas lights appeared in 1882, and would forever change the scenery at Christmas time. Fun Links Can't Wait for Christmas: The podcast hosted by Tim Babb, who shared a memory in this episode Christmas Ornaments, Lights and...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: Department Store Santas||When the first department store Santa appeared in 1890, it wasn't just a cross section of Christmas and commerce. It was also a major step in the evolution of Santa Claus. Fun Links First Department Store Santa: The Web site created by John...||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013: Christmas Advertisements||You may cringe at the idea that Christmas advertisements are a legit Christmas tradition. But they're undeniably part of the atmosphere of the season...and have an interesting history behind them. Fun Links Genuine Chit Chat: In this episode we...||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristmas Past 2017 season trailer||It's that time of year again! Christmas Past is getting ready to return for the 2017 Christmas season with a fresh batch of stories behind your favorite holiday traditions. Subscribe now so you won't miss any episodes this season. The first...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: Christmas Day 2016||We celebrate Christmas Day with Brian's family and do a year in review||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: Christmas Eve 2016||It's Christmas Eve!||12/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: Sugar Plums||Even though you've heard mention of sugar plum every Christmas of your life, do you actually know what they are?||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: Old Time Radio||Getting tired of 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and stale cartoon specials? Take a trip back in time to the golden age of radio.||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: Christmas Cards||Americans will send over a billion Christmas cards this year. And we can thank the Brits for that||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: Wrapping Paper||Strange as it may seem today, wrapping Christmas gifts is a relatively new custom||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer||The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic underdog story, but maybe not the way you think||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: Letters to Santa||The history of writing letters to Santa has some strange surprises in store for us.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: Gingerbread Houses||For centuries, gingerbread has been connected with all kinds of celebrations||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: Santa Claus, Part 3||We're finishing off the series about Santa with a look at what happened to the legend when it reached America||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: Santa Claus, Part 2||Continuing where we left off in part 1, we continue exploring the legend of St. Nicholas||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: Santa Claus, Part 1||We're kicking off the 2016 season with a 3-part series on the evolution of St. Nicholas to Santa Claus||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000: Introducing the Christmas Past Podcast||With the holiday season just weeks away, I thought now would be the perfect time to tell you about the Christmas Past podcast||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great way to get into the Christmas spirit!
Really interesting stories about the history behind some common Christmas traditions. Great interviews!
What an awesome idea for a podcast! We are looking forward to learning more about the history of Christmas. This is something we and our kids are going to look forward to this holiday season!
Stories behind Christmas traditions!
I am now well equipped with fun holiday trivia to dazzle my friends with at holiday parties! I love learning about the origins of holiday traditions that we have all participated in, but tend to take for granted.