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 […]

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 and It is all about a new book of an old story. Publisher Pamela McColl has released a brilliantly illustrated new edition of The Night […]