Ah, Christmas—the lights, the carols, the traumatising goat men.
It’s that time of year again so, in the spirit of giving, we have a special bonus episode of The Gallimaufry for you all. Join us as we discuss the origins of Christmas and discover how many of the old traditions are a lot more modern than you might think.
From Pagans to Romans to Victorians to Coca Cola, the history of Christmas is as long and bizarre as Nick’s list to Santa this year—but luckily we’re here to help make sense of it all!
“Bah, Humbug!” - Ebenezer Scrooge
Hold on to your humbugs and join us as we delve into the muddled history of Christmas and the hodgepodged origins of some of our favourite traditions.
Have a safe and happy Christmas and we’ll see you all in the New Year!
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