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Scrooge

Scrooge

Scrooge is the most recognizable character in the history of Christmas, second only to Santa Claus. The mere mention of his name immediately brings to mind images that are both good and bad. His story – A Christmas Carol – is known around the world, in multiple languages, and in… Read More Scrooge

The Victorian Christmas

The Victorian Christmas Part VI

Our series on the Victorian Christmas concludes with an in-depth look at the stuff of Christmas – the décor, the music, the food and the celebration. We also get a good look at the fads, which include the runaway tradition of Christmas cards that, for some, got a bit out… Read More The Victorian Christmas Part VI

The Victorian Christmas

The Victorian Christmas, Part V

The Victorian Christmas is named after England’s Queen Victoria. Victoria very famously and quite unexpectedly became Queen around the age of 18 or so. She was young, pretty and different compared to England’s royalty of the past. Her coronation took the world by storm and was big news, especially in… Read More The Victorian Christmas, Part V

The Victorian Christmas, Part IV

The Victorian Christmas had it all. In this episode, it takes a dark turn thanks to the powerful lessons brought on by the American Civil War. Is it wrong to say this is an important episode? Candidly, I tell you few episodes have affected me as emotionally as this one… Read More The Victorian Christmas, Part IV

Victorian Christmas Part III

The Victorian Christmas, Part III

The Victorian Christmas is defined by many diverse things over a 60-year period of the 19th century. In this episode of the Merry Little Podcast we explore the struggle the media had in defining the very face of Christmas during the Victorian Era – Santa Claus. Moore’s poem, A Visit… Read More The Victorian Christmas, Part III

Victorian Christmas Part II

The Victorian Christmas, Part II

The Victorian Christmas is a complex thing. In this merry episode we pull back the layers to expose great music, great events and great traditions of the time. Not surprisingly much of it has survived and it influences our Christmas today. For example, one of the great traditions of the… Read More The Victorian Christmas, Part II

Christmas Community

Christmas Community Online Part 1

In this special edition of the Merry Little Podcast we get a little personal. We often get asked about the Merry Forums and what makes it so special. This episode gives you a look into that world. Added in 2004, the Merry Forums has been a gathering place for people… Read More Christmas Community Online Part 1

Victorian Christmas

The Victorian Christmas, Part 1

The Victorian Christmas is one of curiosity for a lot of people today. It is a time in Christmas history with a very long reach. It influences today in everything from music to decorating in the modern Christmas. But what exactly is the Victorian Christmas? It is a time so… Read More The Victorian Christmas, Part 1

Christmas 1920

Christmas 1920: One Hundred Years Ago

Christmas 1920 was a transformative time. The war was over and the deadly pandemic had subsided. Life could finally return to normal. In this merry episode we take a long look at this epic Christmas of Tinker Toys, Prohibition, Lincoln Logs, Raggedy Ann, and getting a new car for Christmas…. Read More Christmas 1920: One Hundred Years Ago