Christmas Past

It's the fascinating backstories to the Christmas traditions you cherish. Christmas Past brings you year-round Christmas history, forgotten Christmas fiction, roundtables, interviews, and most of all, Christmas cheer. And it's all from the uniquely warm and nostalgic world of Brian Earl — where the holiday season never ends!

Backstory — Did Charles Dickens Really “Invent” Christmas?

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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? Let’s ask him!

Special thanks to Denise Lamott, Kevin Patterson, Robert Young, and everyone at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair for allowing me to come and record.


Music in this Episode

  • Traditional tune played by band at Dickens Fair
  • “Snowfall” — Shady Dave, via FreeSound
  • “Wish Background” — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech


interviewing father christmas
Brian interviews Father Christmas
Cinnamon almonds
It’s worth the trip just for these!
Inside Tavistock House for a meet-and-greet with Mr. Dickens
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A proper Victorian lady, out for a stroll
victorian gentlemen
Some top-hatted gentlemen

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