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CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD: Canada

1/1/2020
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It's time to bundle up, practice our French, and watch out for moose! We're learning all about having a joyeux Noel in Canada with Chantelle Joy from All Things Christmas. This is the first official episode of the new monthly Christmas Around the World series.

Duration:00:10:05

TRAILER: Christmas Past in 2020...Big Announcements!

12/28/2019
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Christmas of 2019 has come and gone, but the Christmas season never truly ends here at Christmas Past. And next year, that's truer than ever. Yup...we're going year round! Join Christmas Past twice monthly (at least) throughout the year for lots of new content, including the new spinoff series, Christmas Around the World with Chantelle Joy from All Things Christmas.

Duration:00:02:59

Christmas 2019

12/25/2019
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Another Christmas in the books! By the time you see this, Christmas of 2019 belongs to Christmas Past. We close out the "official" Christmas season as we've done for four years in a row. It's our annual look back at the news and trends that made Christmas of 2019 what it was. We also do a little year-in-review for the podcast, and take a look ahead to what 202 has in store. Thank you all for making the 2019 season the biggest and best yet for Christmas Past! From the bottom of my heart,...

Duration:00:08:44

Christmas Memories 2019

12/23/2019
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It's my favorite episode of the year: the one that's all about YOU! For the third year in a row, I've received more memories from you than I had episodes to put them in. So that means I once again have the special privilege of brining you an episodes filled with your Christmas memories. Thanks to everyone who shared a Christmas memory in this episode and throughout the season. These little glimpses into your Christmas past are what makes the show special...and makes Christmas itself...

Duration:00:18:46

BACKSTORY: It's a Wonderful Life

12/20/2019
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No Christmas story starts out as a classic. And the road to classic status is often a long one filled with unexpected turns. It's a Wonderful Life wasn't a big success when it debuted in 1947. It wasn't until a quirk of American copyright law gave it a second life on television in the 1970s that it earned its place as a cornerstone of Christmas cinema. Movie critic and author Alonso Duralde joins in this episode. Links Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, by Alonso...

Duration:00:11:03

BACKSTORY: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

12/18/2019
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Yes, it's the most famous newspaper editorial of all. It's also the untold story of two skeptics addressing disillusionment, and the iconic statement on the magic of childhood, and belief, and Christmas that resulted. Links The Marvelous and the MundaneAnthony BarthelJack Billings Presents: Me and my Neighbor, MichaelThe Newseum Music in this episode Fig Leaf RagGolden HourWe Wish you a Merry ChristmasThe Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the KaleetanWish Background

Duration:00:12:25

BACKSTORY: Mistletoe

12/16/2019
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We've treated mistletoe specially for thousands of years. But how did it go from being an ancient medicine and superstitious talisman to a festive—and smoochy—Christmas custom? Links Kiss Me Mistletoe Farm Music in this episode Nostalgic ResonanceThe Little Drummer BoyCareless MorningWish Background

Duration:00:10:18

STORY TIME: Rikki Meece Reads "When the Yule Log Burns," Part 4

12/15/2019
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We're back for the fourth and final part of this special four part miniseries. Rikki Meece from the Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas Podcast narrates the classic story, When the Yule Log Burns, by Leona Dalrymple. Episodes arrive on four consecutive days starting December 12.

Duration:00:18:33

STORY TIME: Rikki Meece Reads "When the Yule Log Burns," Part 3

12/14/2019
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We're back for part three of this special four part miniseries. Rikki Meece from the Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas Podcast narrates the classic story, When the Yule Log Burns, by Leona Dalrymple. Episodes arrive on four consecutive days starting December 12.

Duration:00:18:26

STORY TIME: Rikki Meece Reads "When the Yule Log Burns," Part 2

12/13/2019
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We're back for part two of this special four part miniseries. Rikki Meece from the Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas Podcast narrates the classic story, When the Yule Log Burns, by Leona Dalrymple. Episodes arrive on four consecutive days starting December 12.

Duration:00:22:08

STORY TIME: Rikki Meece Reads "When the Yule Log Burns," Part 1

12/12/2019
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In this special bonus miniseries, Rikki Meece from the Sleigh Bells & Mistletoe Christmas Podcast narrates the classic story, When the Yule Log Burns, by Leona Dalrymple. This is a four-part miniseries, with episodes arriving on four consecutive days starting December 12.

Duration:00:20:30

BACKSTORY: Silent Night

12/10/2019
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It's the best known Christmas song in the world, but the story behind it less well known. Maybe that's because so many myths, legends, and half truths have been added to the origin story over the years. With the help of Wayne Bronner of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, we'll go back to 1818 for the birth of an accidental Christmas hymn and its unlikely ascent to history's most recorded song in any genre. Links Bronner's Christmas WonderlandThe Silent Night chapel Music in this...

Duration:00:10:18

ROUNDTABLE: The Glo Friends Save Christmas with Todd Killian, Duane Bailey, Tim Babb, and Mike Westfall

12/8/2019
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We’re taking a trip back to the 80s. It was a time when it was not only possible, but likely, that any popular toy would have its own line of spinoff merchandise, a breakfast cereal, and a Saturday morning cartoon. And if it was popular enough…it got a Christmas special. 1985 gave us The Glo Friends Save Christmas. A half-hour special in which the Glo Friends must save Santa Claus from the clutches of an evil witch who’s determined to stop Christmas. I recently caught up with some of my...

Duration:00:51:51

BACKSTORY: Christmas Dinner

12/7/2019
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The traditional Christmas dinner of a turkey, potatoes, green beans, and fruit pie has been around for nearly two hundred years. But why? The story of how we got here is one of ancient winter feasting, agricultural societies, socio-economics, religion, a pig that’s technically a fish, and turkeys on stagecoaches. In this episode, Brian and historian Judith Flanders explore why the standard Christmas dinner is stuck in a nineteenth century time warp. Links Christmas: A Biography by Judith...

Duration:00:12:33

ROUNDTABLE: The Christmas Pickle, with Richard Parks III, Craig Kringle, and Tim Babb

12/5/2019
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Here on Christmas Past, I dig in to the backstories behind Christmas traditions. But what happens when you can’t even verify that the thing you’re researching even is a tradition? That’s what happened when I started looking into the Christmas Pickle. You’ve probably seen pickle tree ornaments, or maybe seen posts about them in your social media feeds. The story goes that it’s an old German tradition. But…the more you dig in, the more you have to wonder. Well, luckily someone else has done...

Duration:00:41:35

BACKSTORY: Christmas Ghost Stories

12/4/2019
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Nowadays our Christmas stories are mainly warm and cozy. They’re about reunions and homecomings. Romances and magical journeys and visits from St. Nicholas. But not so very long ago, and especially for the Victorians, Christmas stories could also send chills down your spine and make you think twice about things that go bump in the night. In this episode, professor Tara Moore tells Brian about this creepy part of Christmas history. Plus, Brian reads the ghost story, The Strange Christmas...

Duration:00:23:47

INTERVIEW: Barbara Hinske, Author of 'The Christmas Club'

12/2/2019
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Barbara Hinske is an attorney turned full-time novelist. Her 2016 novella, The Christmas Club is the basis for the 2019 Hallmark Channel movie of the same name. In this Ber Months Bonus episode, Brian and Barbara discuss writing, Christmas stories, Hallmark movies, and much more. Music in this episode "Deck the Halls A" — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech Announcements Christmas LandChristmas in July conventionchristmaspastpodcast@gmail.com

Duration:00:39:29

LIVE SHOW: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

12/1/2019
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It's Christmas Past's first live show! Join Tim Babb from Can't Wait for Christmas and Brian Earl for an hour of games, music, and conversation, recorded outside the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. This is the first time the Dickens Fair has hosted a live podcast recording. About the fair The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London - an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in...

Duration:00:49:58

MINISERIES: My Dear Santa, Chapter 1: The Tardy Saint

11/28/2019
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At the turn of the 20th century, the idea of kids writing letters to Santa Claus was still new. Post offices, newspapers, and charities publicly disputed how to handle the letters. It was a logistical and public relations problem, which would take a clever plan to address.

Duration:00:24:40

MINISERIES: My Dear Santa, Chapter 2: Santa's Secretary and the Gun-Toting Boy Scouts

11/28/2019
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John Gluck was a workaday customs broker who dreamed of bigger things. So when he heard that the Postal Service needed help with letters to Santa, he came forward with a plan to get the letters into the hands of donors. With a little help from a troop of boy scouts, John Gluck and his Santa Claus Association did the (seemingly) impossible.

Duration:00:20:59