The History Channel Presents Christmas Through the Decades

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The HISTORY CHANNEL premieres “Christmas Through the Decades,” going back in time to see what Christmas and the holiday season were like in America not too long ago. Through experts and cultural icons offering their own insight and personal memories, “Christmas Through the Decades” will reveal how classic holiday films, fads, television specials, songs, and toys are still part of modern holiday celebration. This limited series is set to run for four consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday, November 25 at 10PM EPT/PT.

history_channel_logoEach week dedicates one hour to a decade in history, beginning with the 1960s and concluding with the 1990s. Christmas in the 1960s was a turbulent time, marked by the tragic loss of JFK and absent loved ones fighting in the Vietnam War. However, a live Christmas Eve broadcast from Apollo 8 astronauts offered peace and hope to all on earth. The 1970s introduced Star Wars action figures that sold out before Christmas, Pet Rocks, and the holiday tune Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. The 1980s were all about the Walkman, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas. In the 1990s parents were desperate to get their hands on Tickle Me Elmo and Beanie Babies, and Home Alone became a classic holiday film.

Join guests such as Jillian Michaels, Leann Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Dascha Polanco and more as HISTORY travels through the past and reminisces about the most wonderful time of the year in “Christmas Through the Decades.”

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Every December 25 Christians throughout the world join together in celebration of Christ’s birth. But where do these various Christmas traditions come from? Why for instance is the holiday marked by the giving and receiving of gifts? And who came up with the idea of a Christmas tree? In this special presentation from THE HISTORY CHANNEL-® take an enchanting journey through the past of one of the world’s most recognized holidays. Trace the emergence of the modern-day Christmas celebration from pagan festivals such as the Roman Saturnalia and learn how British settlers in the New World transformed the patron saint of children into the enduring figure of Santa Claus. These fascinating mysteries-and many more-are revealed in CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED: THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
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