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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

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.