Merry Podcast #51 — Christmas Toy Fads of the Early 20th Century

Merry Podcast #51 — Christmas Toy Fads of the Early 20th Century

Christmas past of more than a hundred years ago is our topic as we explore Christmas toy fads of the early 20th century in the latest episode of the Merry Podcast. Within a span of about 15 years there were many toys that reach mass market status but real appeal was, like now, what drove sales. The first was the introduction of the Teddy Bear, a soft and fuzzy toy inspired by a President and a real live bear — that he refused to shoot. It’s a great story about a timeless toy that still finds its way under ChristmasRead more

Why is Santa Smoking Controversial?

Why is Santa Smoking Controversial?

By Jeff Westover In recent days a Christmas story has unfolded that has just amazed me. It has been everywhere in the media, including on our sites at ChristmasNewswire.com and ChristmasFinest.com. It is all about a new book of an old story. Publisher Pamela McColl has released a brilliantly illustrated new edition of The Night Before Christmas with one simple edit: she has removed the verse referencing Santa smoking a pipe. That simple act has drawn a plethora of responses. Here locally, when I showed the book to several Moms when we received review copies they were thrilled with theRead more