The Holiday Episode 2017 - A Look at the History of Christmas and Santa Claus through publications

Premiere DateDec 21, 2017
00:00 Book Talk Opening
02:48 (Soundbed) Moment Timber Timbre
02:53 Episode Intro: Kory French
06:35 Little Bird The Ghost of Paul Revere
09:58 Part 1: Earl W. Count’s ‘4,000 Years of Christmas’ and Stephen Nissenbaum’s ‘The Battle for Christmas’
18:16 Find Me for the Waltz Early Riser
20:38 Part 2: William Shepard Walsh’s ‘Who Is Santa Claus? A History of St. Nicholas, the Christmas Tree, and the Three Wise Men’
30:01 Molly Office Culture
35:13 Part 3: ‘A Pictorial History of Santa Claus’ by The Public Domain Review
41:16 The Very First Snow Sean Rowe
45:03 Episode Outro: Kory French
46:49 Welcome Home The Ghost of Paul Revere
49:22 Book Talk Outro: Kory French
50:09 Finish

Today 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…