The Atheist

The Atheist: A True Story of Christmas and Easter

How do you teach someone how to celebrate Easter? Do you really point them in the direction of colored eggs and plastic grass? This episode of the Merry Little Podcast tells the true story of an atheist who has had a spiritual experience. Profoundly changed by this out-of-the-blue event, he… Read More The Atheist: A True Story of Christmas and Easter

Jimmy Stewart

The Christmas Hero in Jimmy Stewart

Even in his day Jimmy Stewart was uncommonly decent. This fact seemed to jump out of the screen despite the role he played. But it was in his private life — which he tried to keep very private — that Stewart shined the brightest. No matter how famous he became,… Read More The Christmas Hero in Jimmy Stewart

House of Seven Santas

The House of Seven Santas

We are pleased to participate in a historic Christmas podcast event knows as The House of Seven Santas. The House of Seven Santas is actually a short story written in 1912 by John Kendrick Bangs. But it is presented to you by seven separate Christmas podcasters in an unprecedented collaboration… Read More The House of Seven Santas

Christmas Trees

Stuff We Don’t Do with Christmas Trees Anymore

Christmas trees are one of the fastest evolving customs of Christmas. Frankly, Christmas trees are not as old as people suppose. Unlike most symbols of Christmas the Christmas tree was born of Christian religious fervor (and not a byproduct of pagan holidays, as some say). Of course, the Christmas tree… Read More Stuff We Don’t Do with Christmas Trees Anymore

Thanksgiving

Why Christmas Begins with Thanksgiving

If there is one thing more predictable than Christmas itself it is the complaining about Christmas. Here we sit two weeks before Thanksgiving and the world is complaining about hearing Christmas music on the radio, seeing Christmas stuff in the stores and seemingly ignoring the great American tradition of Thanksgiving… Read More Why Christmas Begins with Thanksgiving

The Southern Christmas

The common images of Christmas feature snow, Northern pines, cabins in the woods, and frosty climates made just for the likes of reindeer and Santa Claus. But there is another place where Christmas is warm — and where traditions are born. For Americans, that place is known as the South…. Read More The Southern Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Way before Dickens and A Christmas Carol the world had A Visit from St. Nicholas, or as most people know it, Twas the Night Before Christmas. It is arguably the most recited and well known poem in the world — and it was the 19th century equivalent of something we… Read More Twas the Night Before Christmas

Religious Christmas

Christmas is Religious and That’s Okay

Celebrating the religious Christmas is not a new idea. But it is hardly in fashion. Statistics show that the America public — especially those under the age of 35 — have left religion in droves. As they do so, the celebration of Christmas turns from a season of peace to… Read More Christmas is Religious and That’s Okay

Old Christmas

The Very Old Christmas

Christmas is thousands of years old and in this episode we take a look at the very old Christmas. It is an age of Christmas that is not talked about enough — a time when so much of what we consider important to Christmas happened. This is an age of… Read More The Very Old Christmas