2018 Holiday Show

Premiere DateDec 20, 2018
00:00 Show Opening
01:11 Episode Intro (music: Moment by Timbre Timbre)
04:56 Little Bird The Ghost of Paul Revere
08:18 Part 1: Earl W. Count’s ‘4000 Years of Christmas’ and Stephen Nissenbaum’s ‘The Battle for Christmas’
16:34 Find Me for the Waltz Early Riser
18:55 Part 2: William Shepard Walsh’s “Who Is Santa Claus?”
27:55 Molly Office Culture
33:06 Part 3: ‘A Pictorial History of Santa Claus’ by the Public Domain Review
38:52 The Very First Snow Sean Rowe
42:39 Episode Outro
44:12 Welcome Home The Ghost of Paul Revere
46:53 Outro Promo
47:29 Finish

Today on Book Talk, we celebrate Christmas by exercising many traditions that, if you stand back and look, are really quite weird. Why do we give gifts? Why do they come from a magical man in a red suit and white beard? Why do we kiss under mistletoe and place a wreath on our door? Why hang stockings by the fire? All of these weird customs can be traced back to religions and cultures and today on Book Talk we identify three works of history that can explain the history of Christmas

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Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…

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