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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.
|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 spirits and ghosts. Today, it has morphed into a day for breaking rules, pushing boundaries and wearing disguises. But Halloween remains a time for us to deal with our own mortality. Our modern Halloween traditions have ancient roots--people were going door to door and begging for treats on Halloween night as far back as the Middle Ages. Halloweens past have been wilder and more dangerous than they are now. During the depression, Halloween became so violent and destructive that civil authorities had to step in and prevent wide-spread vandalism in cities across America. Their solution, the ritual now generates $2 billion dollars in candy sales each season. And these days adults get dressed up for the holiday almost as much as kids do. But no matter how many jack-o-lanterns get carved or kids yell "trick-or-treat!" Halloween is still all about the "scare.||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. At the iconic Thanksgiving feast of 1621--no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce was served, and that event was wiped from the history books for 200 years! In the 19th Century, some southern states thought Thanksgiving was an abolitionist plot and refused to celebrate it. Thanksgiving didn't become an annual national holiday until World War II. What started as a somber Puritan day of prayer is now about football and food. How did we get there?||43:59||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Real Story of Christmas||Did you know that the quaint custom of Christmas caroling actually began with drunk and rowdy revelers threatening people door to door looking for food and liquor? Early versions of the heartwarming legend of Santa Claus described him as a horrible devil named Krampus who beat and kidnapped naughty children. In America during the 17th and 18th Centuries, celebrating Christmas was against the law! There's a lot to tell about the history of Christmas, and a lot you may not know. Along the way, meet Ebenezer Scrooge and George Bailey, The Grinch and Rudolph, and learn the true origins of our Christmas traditions. So grab some eggnog and a slice of fruitcake as HISTORY unwraps The Real Story of Christmas.||43:33||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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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!!
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.
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- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: Oct 20, 2008
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