FELIKS BANEL

KIRO Radio presents ‘Stocking Full of Northwest Holiday History’

Dec 23, 2021, 3:07 PM | Updated: Dec 24, 2021, 2:18 pm
Christmas, holiday...
Vintage longtime favorite Seattle Santa Claus John Casebier punches in for work in the 1930s. (Courtesy Feliks Banel)
(Courtesy Feliks Banel)

For Christmas 2021, KIRO Radio resident historian Feliks Banel presents an hour-long special looking back at favorite Northwest holiday history stories from Seattle’s Morning News.

Stories featured in the holiday special include:

You can hear Feliks every Wednesday and Friday morning on Seattle’s Morning News, read more from him here, and subscribe to The Resident Historian Podcast here. If you have a story idea, please email Feliks here.

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KIRO Radio presents ‘Stocking Full of Northwest Holiday History’