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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

Christmas of Puritans and Pilgrims

Christmas of Puritans and Pilgrims

Christmas of Puritans and Pilgrims is the stuff of legends. Unfortunately, most get what is real about the Puritan Christmas wrong because they believe the media and lazy historians. This article, for example, is a good example of the bad history that out there. It is a mix of truth… Read More Christmas of Puritans and Pilgrims

Predictions for Christmas 2020

Predictions for Christmas 2020

Predictions for Christmas 2020 could ultimately prove to be an impossible task. Who foresaw what 2020 has been so far? The mess that has been made of the world by way of Coronavirus and civil unrest no doubt means many things for Christmas. In this episode we take on that… Read More Predictions for Christmas 2020

Christmas Hall of Fame

The Christmas Hall of Fame

The Christmas Hall of Fame launched in 2019 to give the true Christmas enthusiast a voice and a place to memorialize the best of Christmas. In this merry episode of the Merry Little Podcast we discuss how the Christmas Hall of Fame works by extending a conversation that began with… Read More The Christmas Hall of Fame

Christmas in Crisis

Christmas in Crisis

The world we knew is now a thing of the past. Whatever you call this thing — a pandemic, the Coronavirus, COVID-19 — it seems to have changed everything. Does that mean it has changed Christmas too? While the answer to that question is yet to be written we can… Read More Christmas in Crisis