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024: Christmas in July

7/9/2018
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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 Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply...

Duration:00:12:37

023: Christmas 2017

12/24/2017
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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 Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get! You can subscribe...

Duration:00:06:16

022: Christmas Memories 2017

12/22/2017
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By popular request, this episode is dedicated solely to your Christmas memories! Thank you to this episode's contributors Music from this episode Relaxing Piano Music Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any of those places, or you can write me at christmaspastpodcast AT gmail DOT COM. I reply to every email I get! You can...

Duration:00:21:30

021: A Christmas Story

12/20/2017
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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 HouseTriple Dog DareCriminally Intrigued Music from this episode Losing LoveSad Marimba PlanetNouvelle NoelPoppyseed Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes...

Duration:00:11:17

020: Eggnog

12/18/2017
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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 PodcastJeffrey MorganthalerThe Bar Book Music from this episode Night LightContrarianWish BackgroundPartly Sage Stay connected to Christmas Past Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send me messages in any...

Duration:00:11:29

019: La Buche du Noel

12/14/2017
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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 PatisseriePretend Radio Music from this episode Sad French AccordionParis BalladeRainy NightTurningSolar Gain Stay connected to Christmas Past Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and...

Duration:00:11:05

018: The Nutcracker

12/11/2017
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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 NationSuper Co-op Squad Music from this episode The Nutcracker SuiteDance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Stay connected to Christmas Past Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and...

Duration:00:10:33

017: Holly

12/7/2017
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Holly is inseparable from Christmas. But its use in wintertime celebrations goes back even farther than Christmas itself. Fun Links The Story BehindHolly Society of America Music from this episode SnowingHave Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasThe Holly and the IvySaltines Stay connected to Christmas Past Be sure to follow Christmas Past on social media. I'm posting fun extra Christmassy content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also sometimes post things to Pinterest. You can send...

Duration:00:08:54

016: Golden Age Christmas TV Cartoons

12/4/2017
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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 ChristmasTis the Season TVChristmas TV HistoryFat Packs Podcast Music from this episode WingspanGentle MarimbasFlatteredBethlehem

Duration:00:11:46

Bonus: The House of Seven Santas, Part 1

12/1/2017
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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 story. You'll hear seven different Christmas podcasts in all to hear the story in its entirety. Here's the full list: Can't Wait for ChristmasTis the PodcastChristmas CreepsWeird ChristmasHoliday Special PodcastMerry Podcast Music from this...

Duration:00:08:16

015: Christmas Lights

11/30/2017
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The first Christmas lights appeared in 1882, and would forever change the scenery at Christmas time. Fun Links Can't Wait for ChristmasChristmas Ornaments, Lights and Decorations Music from this episode RelinquishSwing LoChristmas Piano ThemeSurface Tension 1

Duration:00:11:06

014: Department Store Santas

11/27/2017
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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 SantaEventually Supertrain Music from this episode ThannoidAre We Loose YetHeliotrope

Duration:00:11:21

013: Christmas Advertisements

11/23/2017
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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 ChatChristmas in America Music from this episode Pipe DreamzCases to RestWe Wish You

Duration:00:11:36

Christmas Past 2017 season trailer

11/1/2017
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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 episode arrives on Thanksgiving Day. And this season has in store more of what you've come to love: fascinating histories, interesting guests, and Christmas memories from listeners. You can share your own by recording a voice memo on your phone and...

Duration:00:01:28

Episode 13: Christmas Day 2016

12/25/2016
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For the final episode of 2016, we celebrate Christmas Day with Brian's family and take a look back at the 2016 Christmas season. Thank you, everyone, for a wonderful first season of the podcast! I hope to be back again next year with more stories from Christmas Past. Things will slow down on social media after today, but I'm not going anywhere, you can always find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or drop me a line at christmaspastpodcast@gmail.com. Wishing you a very Merry...

Duration:00:06:00

Episode 12: Christmas Eve 2016

12/24/2016
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It's Christmas Eve! In our second-to-last episode of the season, Brian talks about his favorite Christmas Eve traditions and we hear from some of Brian's family members. Subscribe on iTunes and visit www.christmaspastpodcast.com for show notes and extra content. Search for Christmas Past podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Duration:00:06:19

Episode 11: Sugar Plums

12/21/2016
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Even though you've heard mention of sugar plum every Christmas of your life, do you actually know what they are? In this episode, we hear about the history of the sugar plum and how it came to be associated with Christmas. We have two memories this episode! Both of them recall favorite childhood Christmas movies. Search for Christmas Past podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and visit http://www.christmaspastpodcast.com for show notes. Write me anytime at...

Duration:00:10:19

Episode 10: Old Time Radio

12/17/2016
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Getting tired of 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and stale cartoon specials? Take a trip back in time to the golden age of radio. You may like to check out the Christmas Old Time Radio podcast or search around Archive.org to continue your listening after this episode. We hear from Chicago DJ Steve Darnall and some Christmas memories from Anna in California. I can't believe we're almost done with the first season of Christmas Past! One more full length episode to come, followed by two...

Duration:00:13:00

Episode 9: Christmas Cards

12/13/2016
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Americans will send over a billion Christmas cards this year. Even in this age of instantaneous communication, the physical Christmas card is still inseparable from our modern holiday celebration. The Christmas card is an English invention. A man named Henry Cole is credited with creating the first commercially produced Christmas card in 1843. But more interesting are the social, economic, and technological factors that all came together at roughly the same time to enable the birth of the...

Duration:00:11:47

Episode 8: Wrapping Paper

12/9/2016
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The appearance of festive gift wrap in stores is one of the first signs that the Christmas season is here. But wrapping Christmas gifts is a relatively new custom. In this episode of Christmas Past, we learn about the surprisingly interesting history of wrapping paper, with some help from Pat Lavin of the Framingham History Center. Corey Constable, host of the Omitted podcast, shares a Christmas memory. Subscribe to Christmas Past on iTunes or however you get your podcasts. Search for...

Duration:00:10:59