Christmas Past

Christmas Past: Did Charles Dickens Really “Invent” Christmas?

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the influence of Charles
Dickens and his most famous work: A Christmas Carol. Some have even gone
as far as saying he basically “invented” Christmas as we know it today.
So…did he? In this episode, I get answers from the man himself!

Music in this Episode:

  • Traditional tune played by band at Dickens Fair
  • Snowfall: Shady Dave
  • Wish Background: Kevin MacCleod 

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Christmas Past: Why do we say “Merry Christmas”?

Why do we say “merry Christmas”? Why not “happy Christmas”? And why
don’t we use the word “merry” for anything else nowadays (except for the
occasional merry-go-round)? “Merry Christmas” is so ingrained in our
language, and feels so natural to say, that you probably never stopped
to wonder why. Well, I did, and with the help of linguist Arika Okrent,
we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Thanks to Charlyn Lewis in Pennsylvania for sharing a Christmas
memory in this episode. If you’d like to be on the show, record a voice
memo into your phone and send it to christmaspastpodcast at gmail dot
com or leave a voice mail on my Google Voice line at  650-394-7162.

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Links

Music from this episode

  • “Gaena” — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
  • “March” — Kai Engel, via Free Music Archive
  • “Delicant” — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
  • “Suppose it Is” — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
  • “Wish Background” — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech

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Christmas Past: Bonus Episode! Christmas Past goes as Tis the Podcast for Halloween

Happy Halloween! This year, Christmas Past is masquerading as Tis the Podcast,
“the podcast dedicated to keeping the Christmas Spirit alive 365 days a
year.” In this special bonus crossover episode, I join Julia and
Anthony to review the 1984 made-for-TV movie version of A Christmas Carol. What better way to combine Christmas and Halloween than with one of the world’s most popular ghost stories!

Speaking of which, there’s a long history of Christmas ghost stories,
but not many of them remain popular (or even well known) today. But my
friends at Tis the Podcast are doing their own Halloween crossover
episode where they masquerade as yours truly. You’ll definitely want to
hear them give the Christmas Past treatment to this very interesting
topic. So subscribe to Tis the Podcast wherever you get your podcasts to
join in on the fun!

Music from this episode

Turning — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive

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Christmas Past: Christmas in July (Plus special announcements)

What’s the deal with Christmas in July? Is that really when some people celebrate the holiday? Or is it a made up holiday for the Christmas obsessed? Or something else? Well, the answer to all of those questions is…sorta. Let’s learn about the origins of the semi-official holiday that falls smack dab in the middle of the dog days.

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Episode 23: 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.

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