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Christmas Past
Christmas Past
Brian Earl

Behind every Christmas tradition is a story, often a forgotten one. Every year as we put up a tree and pour the... more

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Episodes

Christmas 2023

It's our eighth consecutive Christmas together. As we close out the 2023 season, we're taking a look back at the... more

25 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
Backstory: Boxing Day

Here in America, the day after Christmas is simply that: the day after. The party's over. But in England, it's... more

22 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
Your Christmas Memories: 2023, vol 2

Christmas Day is less than a week from now. In this final stretch of the 2023 season, let's have another... more

20 Dec 2023 · 10 minutes
Backstory: A Meatless Christmas Eve Meal

For many families, the Christmas Eve feast is a so-called "meatless meal." It's a tradition of European Christian roots that... more

18 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
A Visit to Old Fezziwig's Christmas Eve Ball

Old Fezziwig sure knew how to throw an office Christmas party. Dickens's description of Christmas Eve in Fezziwig's counting house... more

17 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
Backstory: Christmas Postage Stamps

In the late nineteenth century modern postal systems were still coming into their own. Around the turn of the century,... more

15 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Interview: Christopher Knight on The Brady Bunch: The Voice of Christmas

The Brady Bunch is an iconic American sitcom that ran for five seasons. But it produced only one Christmas episode... more

13 Dec 2023 · 17 minutes
Backstory: Shortbread

For a bread that’s short, its history is long. Exactly how long, and the particulars of how it all came... more

11 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
Your Christmas Memories: 2023, vol 1

One of my favorite parts of creating Christmas Past is sharing your Christmas memories. I love the warm connections I’ve... more

10 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Backstory: Wishbooks

Colorful, glossy, enticing. For generations of children, the annual department store Christmas catalog was a field guide, a treasure map,... more

08 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
Christmas Past
Christmas 2023
Christmas Past