History of the Holidays
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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.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Haunted History of Halloween||Trick or treating, costume parties, bowls of candy by the door...It's how we celebrate Halloween. But where do these customs come from? On October 31, when pint-sized ghouls and goblins knock on doors, they're actually carrying on a tradition that goes back thousands of years to the Celtic tribes of northern Europe. For centuries this night has celebrated mystery and chaos, a time between summer and winter, a time between life and death. Join us for the spookiest night of the year, The Haunted History of Hallowen||45:07||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoHistory of Thanksgiving: Home for the Holidays||We all think we know the history of America's holidays, especially Thanksgiving. The story goes that after a horrible winter, a small group of Massachusetts Pilgrims were so thankful to be alive, they threw a feast for themselves and their Native-American neighbors. That's true, but Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln declared the first one in 1863. These days, we celebrate Thanksgiving with feasting, family and football. How did we get from Plymouth Rock to a day we stop to cherish all that it means to be home?||44:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoChristmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas||Fascinating story of how the bawdy Roman Saturnalia, a week-long festival of food and drink that culminated on December 25, became the centerpiece of the Christian year, and why the holiday is known as much for shopping as the birth of Christ. Interviews with experts, harried bargain hunters, and excited children round out the program.||45:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoCelebrating the Green: History of St. Patrick's Day||In Ireland, March 17th is a feast day honoring the bishop who Christianized the island; but in America it's a boisterous celebration of Irish heritage. We'll march up New York City's Fifth Avenue with over 150,000 celebrants at the largest and oldest parade on the day all Americans are Irish. With Andrew Greeley and Frank McCourt.||46:07||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoIndependence Day: The History of July 4th||Get all you need to know about the unique history of our holidays with this in-depth collection. History of the Holidays spans countless cultures, numerous religions and thousands of centuries to provide in-depth looks at 24 holidays, including the Fourth of July, Halloween and Christmas.||45:52||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Real Story of Halloween||It began centuries ago as a pagan holiday that honored the dead and warned of a netherworld of||43:01||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Real Story of Thanksgiving||The story of Thanksgiving, with its costumed Pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkin pie, zigzags through American history with some surprising twists.||43:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoThe Real Story of Christmas||Did you know that the quaint custom of Christmas caroling actually began with drunk and rowdy||43:29||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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great program (and a note to some of the other reviewers
fascinating and fun. As for some of the other reviewers, mainly those that use reviews as a way to gripe about how itunes itself works, there might not be a 'wish list' Eeker but there is a shopping cart. you can always cart something and then buy the stuff later. I do it all the time. takes about 30 seconds to go into your preferences and change it from 1click to cart or back. Also, learn what a review is and how to use it. folks that really want to know if something is worth the money to buy it will thank you for it
Finally a little truth
Its great to see that the History channel takes the initiative. With great programs like these we can see christmas or December 25th really have nothing to do with Religious Christ or his birth. Its a long celebrated Roman "Pagan" Holiday. Thank you iTunes and Thank you history channel.
Thanks so much for adding these specials,its a great way to learn where many of these traditions come from.
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- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: Oct 20, 2008
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