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History of the HolidaysTV-14Closed Captioning

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The depths of your celebrations, commemorations, and carousing are revealed in this exciting collection from History. Did you know that when pint-sized ghouls and goblins knock on doors this October 31, they'll actually be carrying on a tradition that goes back thousands of years to the Celtic tribes of northern Europe? Take an enchanting look at "The Haunted History of Halloween" with CBS This Morning host Harry Smith as he leads viewers through the 3,000-year history of what is now one of America’s most popular holidays. Fast forward one month for another intriguing look at the sometimes surprising tales behind one of America's most beloved holidays with "Home for the Holidays." Discover how New York was the first state to officially declare a day of Thanksgiving, how President Lincoln first made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, and how the holiday has since been transformed into a celebration marked by family, food and football. Discover how the patron saint of children was transformed into jolly old Santa Claus by British settlers in the New World, why Jesus' nativity is marked by gift giving, and if He was really born on December 25.

Customer Reviews


Thanks so much for adding these specials,its a great way to learn where many of these traditions come from.

Love each episode!

It'll get you into the holiday spirit!!

Wishlist Wonder

I have also wondered for awhile now why iTunes doesn't have a wishlist function. It would make them so much more money because I am constantly browsing iTunes and then forgetting what I want to buy. I know I am missing stuff I want but I can't remember. Obviously I must not need it too badly but isn't that how iTunes makes its money convincing us to buy stuff that we don't need too badly.