Christmas Past

About this podcast

Behind every Christmas tradition is a story, often a forgotten one. Every year as we put up a tree and pour the eggnog, we’re continuing generations-old narratives, while being mostly unaware of their starting chapters.

Join Brian Earl to explore the fascinating stories behind the most wonderful time of the year. It’s equal parts nerdy deep dive and warmhearted celebration. Think: NPR meets Clement Clarke Moore!
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  • Backstory — Aluminum Christmas Trees
    by e_xander on November 30, 2022

    They were a symbol of the Space Age and then, quickly, they were a relic of the past. Aluminum Christmas... read more Backstory — Aluminum Christmas Trees

  • Backstory — Christmas Trees
    by e_xander on November 28, 2022

    It’s the universal symbol of the Christmas season: a tree (typically a fir) adorned with ornaments and lights. But…what does... read more Backstory — […]

  • 2022 Season Kickoff from the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    by e_xander on November 24, 2022

    We’re officially kicking off the 2022 season of Christmas Past with a Thanksgiving family gathering, a return to a beloved... read more 2022 Season Kickoff […]

  • 2022 Indie Christmas Music Playlist
    by e_xander on November 21, 2022

    Yes, we return to our traditional favorite songs each year. But there’s nothing like discovering a new favorite! If you... read more 2022 Indie Christmas […]

  • Two Truths and a Lie: Four Decades
    by e_xander on November 14, 2022

    It’s an annual tradition on Christmas Past: The game of Christmas trivia where you have to spot the lie! Join... read more Two Truths and a Lie: Four Decades

  • David Andora, Founder of Tru-Tone
    by e_xander on November 8, 2022

    Those of a certain age remember those classic C7 incandescent Christmas bulbs and the soft glow they produced. Sure, LEDs... read more David Andora, Founder of […]

  • Emily Zarka, host of PBS’s Monstrum
    by e_xander on October 30, 2022

    Happy Halloween, sugarplums! What better way to get into the spooky Christmas spirit than discussing Christmas monsters? Better yet, I’m... read more Emily […]

  • Christmas Eve on a Haunted Hulk
    by e_xander on October 24, 2022

    In today’s story, our hero finds himself stranded on Christmas Eve, alone in an abandoned ship. But is he really alone? It’s... read more Christmas Eve […]

  • The Corner Shop
    by e_xander on October 16, 2022

    Time for another ghost story! This one is more sentimental than spooky. It’s The Corner Shop, in which a man... read more The Corner Shop

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