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Malia Politzer
Editor of International Investigative Journalist
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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Christmas Past: A Holiday Podcast Series Unpacks Christmas Traditions

Have you ever wondered why people make fruitcakes for Christmas (and how they became the butt of so many holiday jokes)? Or what inspired NORAD to start tracking Santa's progress every Christmas Eve? What about the history of the Yule Log, the song "Twelve Days of Christmas" or why people started to say "Merry Christmas"?

In "Christmas Past", silicon valley-based software designer and Christmas aficionado Brian Earl dives deep into history books to bring us the true stories behind America's strangest Christmas traditions.

 In "Fruitcake", we learn how fruitcakes—which originally invented by Roman soldiers as portable energy bars they could eat during conquests—came to become a Christmas tradition. Another episode explains how American companies commercialized eggnog, making it a Christmas staple. You'll learn the real history of St. Nick—and how he became the inspiration for Santa Clause—and about how certain stories and movies became iconic Christmas fare.

Each episode ranges from 10-30 minutes, so they are quick, easy and fun insights into our strangest holiday traditions, for adults and children alike.


Christmas Past: A Holiday Podcast Series Unpacks Christmas Traditions
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