The History Files #35: Origins of Christmas

52 mins - Published Mon, Dec 21, 2015 by Gordon Frye and Nancy Frye

This week we take a look at the origins of Christmas. Was Jesus really born on December 25th, or was that just a convenient calendar slot in a year increasingly full of saint’s feast days? We’re also premiering a new show segment: Gordon’s Gun Closet! Podcasters, like writers, should play to their strengths, and Gordon loves his historical firearms. In honor of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re here to talk about the BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster (a.k.a. “broomhandle” Mauser pistol), because Han shot first but Greedo was totally about to ice him so it was justified. Also included: History Headlines and a festive pile of gaily-wrapped Christmas movies and books… at no extra charge!

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