Christmas Past

The fascinating stories behind your favorite Christmas traditions


Christmas Past is a podcast and Website exploring the fascinating stories behind Christmas traditions and celebrating Christmas nostalgia.

Introduced in 2016, the podcast has earned a worldwide audience. Episodes are short, and produced in a style inspired by traditional radio news pieces. Each one includes expert guest interviews, Christmas memories from listeners, and fascinating stories. Occasional bonus episodes appear here and there.

This website was introduced in 2018, and aims to expand upon the podcast with fun, engaging, and shareable articles, videos, and quizzes. If you are interested in writing for the magazine, please contact me to discuss details.

Christmas Past is the creation of Brian Earl (that’s me!), a software designer living in the San Francisco Bay area. I grew up in Massachusetts, where I had my fair share of white Christmases. Christmas has always been my favorite time of year (and really one of my favorite things about life in general) and I created Christmas Past so that I could celebrate the season all year long.

Legal stuff

Christmas Past makes every effort to comply with the letter and spirit of the law regarding copyright and intellectual property. Most media used on this site, including music, other audio, images, video, GIFs, and memes are either:

  • in the public domain
  • shared via a Creative Commons license
  • shared via embed codes provided by third-party platforms (e.g., YouTube, Twitter, etc.)
  • original graphics or compositions created by Brian Earl or a contributing author
  • shared with express written consent from the copyright holder

When required by the type of license, Christmas Past gives attribution to the creator and source.

On very rare occasion, Christmas Past uses copyrighted material for the purpose of critical commentary, education, or parody. Any such uses are believed to fall well within fair use guidelines, as defined by the U.S. Copyright Office. If you think that something you find on does not meet this high standard of compliance, please contact me.

Join the chorus!

With hundreds of five-star reviews, it's no wonder that Christmas Past is one of the top Christmas podcasts ever! Rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts, and I’ll send you a Christmas Past sticker and a handwritten Christmas card to say thanks. Contact me for details.

Celebrate all year round

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