This documentary takes an enchanting journey through the history of the world's favorite holiday to learn the origins of some of the Western world's most enduring traditions. It traces the emergence of Christmas from pagan festivals which celebrated the winter solstice, shows how Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree to the English-speaking world in 1841, and explores how the patron saint of children was transformed into Santa Claus by British settleers in the New World.
60-minute runtime; 2 year copyright clearance.
Dec 19 at 6:00am ET/PT
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