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  • Summary

  • Christmas is the world's biggest festival, yet we barely understand how we got here. Somewhere between Jesus, Dickens and Coke, Christmas became the beloved chaotic present-fest that it currently is. If it's a turkey, we should really stop stuffing it. So let's unwrap it instead....

    Join journalist Grace Dent, comedian Paul Kerensa and a house-full of special guests for a festive, fun and fact-filled sleigh-ride through the history of our Christmas traditions.

    Please note: Father Christmas would like you to know that this series might not be suitable for children.

    A TBI Media production for Audible Originals.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2019 Audible, Ltd. (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Dec 5 2019

    Another Christmas is on the cards... but what’s on the cover? From Santa to Scrooge, a snoozing Saviour to a Silent Night, you’ll be shocked at just how wrong they can be. 6Music presenter (and part-time Father Christmas) Shaun Keaveny drops in on Grace and Paul to unwrap it all.

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    31 mins
  • Dec 5 2019

    From Nativity to Nutcracker, via Pantomime dames and the first carols. Grace and Paul are joined by Lucy Porter to put Christmas on the stage, shout “Your best days are behind you!” then realise that oh no they’re not.

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    31 mins
  • Dec 5 2019

    Ho ho... who? Grace, Paul and comedian Andy Zaltzman unpick St Nick. Find out how to spot the difference between Father Christmas and Santa, and meet Saint Nicholas; the first person to use an automatic door, who was born in a country named after turkey, and lived in a town named after myrrh... how Christmassy!

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    32 mins

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Festive Fun

Enjoyable chat show style podcast. Special guest share anecdotes about their own Christmas and a Christmas historian explains the myths and origins of Christmas traditions.

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rubbish

I was expecting a book not a lot of idiots being idioticly. not my cup of tea at all.

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Jolly...

Interesting for the facts... I have to say that although I understood much of their wit I am maybe a little older... def worth a listen for the Facts tho...

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Laugh

I thought this was going be dull book talking about Christmas but I was wrong I could not stop laughing and laugh so much just what I need thought dark times.

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Festive Funnies

Really light-hearted and funny. fantastic presenters and lots of festive facts. A perfect Christmas podcast!

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Fascinating

Some interesting facts surrounding the occasion of Christmas.
Though wasn't keen on the podcast style, not really my style.

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Wonderful Podcast!

This was amazing! Really was very Christmassy! There is plenty more Christmas you could make six more podcasts about! Please make Part Two!!!

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Dont wait til Christmas to listen to this.

Enjoyable, informative and funny. Easy to listen to, pitched just right-not dumbing down or assuming we are all rocket scientists. The only thing was sometimes the facts were rattled off and I didn't process them all. Never mind, I'll just listen again til I get it all. The beauty of podcasts!

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Clearly the wrong season in January.

Failed to get even half way through this book with too much trivia for my liking; especially listening after Christmas.

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Wonderful!

Loved it all. Wish there were more podcasts like this. The presenters and guests were excellent! Felt cosy, warm and festive.