Episode #30 of the Merry Podcast celebrates Christmas and Freedom by exploring what Christmas was like for those at war during World War I and World War II.
We tell the story of the Candy Bomber, hearing from Col. Gail Halvorsen himself, and celebrate what he was stunned to learn about freedom from German children. It is an awesome story of giving and Christmas spirit.
We also delve into the world of alternative Christmas music and let it rock in this episode with selections from August Burns Red, Robby the Elf and others.
Maureen talks to us about Christmas in the UK during the Nazi air raids on London and the great documentary produced of the time called Christmas Under Fire.
Walter Cronkite tells us the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 in a way you've never heard before.
And we discuss the growing war on religion and what it means to the future of Christmas.
I just started listening to The Merry Podcast and I enjoy hearing the history and music that keeps us going throughout the year. I am part of a group that does a live web stream annually alongside NORAD as we track Santa. I host the show and we have gained over 3000 viewers annually. If you want to do a podcast with me or learn more information, go to http://trackingsanta.weebly.com/ and you can get a hold of me or a member of my team. Keep it up and entertaining us throughout the year. Also, I'm willing to give you guys free shoutouts in our show this December 24, 2013. If you have any questions, just let me know.
Thanks for your time,
Chairman of Team YANTSU 2013
Team YANTSU 2009-2013
Host of the Annual TrackingSanta Live Show
This podcast gave me some good stuff to follow up on afterward ... the complete "Christmas Under Fire" on YouTube ... and I've dropped a not-so-subtle hint to Mr. about wanting the DVD that includes Walter Cronkite's piece about the 1914 Christmas truce. Stellar!