New podcast: History of Christmas traditions

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In our latest podcast professor of English Literature Sarah Peverley returns on the podcast to compare what we know about Christmas traditions in the Middle Ages with modern Western festivities.

There are some surprises, like the early origins of Father Christmas or Santa Claus. But what’s not surprising is the degree to which our approach to Christmas has shifted over the millennium and Professor Peverley reflects on what we may have lost along the way.

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Our podcasts are produced in collaboration with the University of Liverpool online programmes team, Hosted by Canadian journalist and producer Neil Morrison, we aim to bring listeners closer to some of our academic experts, authors and innovative thinkers who are affecting positive change in the world today. Visit our podcast page to learn more.

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