Episode 27: Not Your Pagan Ancestors’ Christmas

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This week I’ve included clips from a very puritan documentary on the origins of Christmas. Another reason for atheists to celebrate the season!


  1. Jingle Babies—Jingle Bells
  2. Ant-Yul 1
  3. Sy Mann at the Moog Synthesizer—Tijuana Christmas—Switched-On Christmas
  4. Bongolong—Jesus Christ is Comin’ to Town—A Bongolong Christmas 2004
  5. Anti-Yul 2
  6. Nelle Villa de Fragene—Can-Can/Jingle Bells—La Dolce Vita Soundtrack
  7. Sounds Alumni—Christmas Waltz—Sounds of Christmas
  8. Samantha Bee—Seperation of Church and State—The Daily Show
  9. Laurel & Hardy—March of the Wooden Toy Soldiers—Babes in Toyland
  10. Klezmonauts—Away in the Manger
  11. Pagan Solstice
  12. La Bottine Souriante—La Cuisiniere
  13. Anti-Yul 3
  14. Dave Bergen and the Sultans of Swing—Midnight Stroll—The Harlem Nutcracker
  15. Henry Hall and BBC Dance Group—Does Santa Claus Sleep With his Whiskers Over, or Under, the Sheets?
  16. John Stewart—Christmas is Unseemly
  17. Akim—Santa Claus is a Black Man
  18. Anti-Yul 4
  19. Benny Goodman and his Orchestra—Jingle Bells—Santa Claus Blues
  20. Aled Jones—Walking in the Air
  21. John Stewart—Kwanzaa Gift to Bill—The Daily Show
  22. Dave Bergen and the Sultans of Swing—Sugar Rum Cherry
  23. Scrooge—Thank You Very Much—Scrooge Soundtrack
  24. Anti-Yul 5
  25. Lenny Dee—Sleigh Ride—Happy Holi-Dee
  26. Emmett Otter–When There Ain’t No Hole in the Washtub—Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas
  27. Anti-Yul 6
  28. Woody Herman and his Orchestra—Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  29. Louis Prima and his New Orleans Gang—What Will Santa Claus Say (When he Finds Everybody Swingin’?)—Santa Claus Blues
  30. Anti-Yul 7
  31. Dave Bergen and the Sultans of Swing—Overture—Harlem Nutcracker

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