All About Christmas


The History Channel has done a top notch job at documenting Christmas, from its ancient origins to its current practice. If you ever wanted to know more about this fascinating worldwide holiday, click on any of the following articles and video clips.

Christmas (Article – Page 1, Page 2)

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.

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An Ancient Holiday

Saturnalia

An Outlaw Christmas

Irving Reinvents Christmas

A Christmas Carol

Christmas Facts

 

Santa Claus (Article)

The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the third century. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus from his earliest origins to the shopping mall favorite of today.

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The Legend of St. Nicholas

Sinter Klaas Comes to New York

Shopping Mall Santas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

A Santa by Any Other Name

The Ninth Reindeer

 

History of Christmas Trees (Article – Page 1, Page 2, Page 3)

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Discover the history of the Christmas tree, from the earliest winter solstice celebrations, to Queen Victoria and all the way to the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree.

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How It All Got Started

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees Around the World

Christmas Tree Trivia

 

Christmas Traditions Worldwide (Article – Page 1, Page 2)

Christmas as we know it today is a Victorian invention of the 1860s. Probably the most celebrated holiday in the world, our modern Christmas is a product of hundreds of years of both secular and religious traditions from around the globe. Discover the origins of Christmas traditions from around the world, like the Yule log, caroling and how Christmas is celebrated “Down Under.”

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Sweden: ‘God Jul!’

Finland: ‘Hyvää Joulua!’

Norway: ‘Gledelig Jul!’

Jamestown, Virginia

Germany: ‘Froehliche Weihnachten!’

Mexico: ‘Feliz Navidad!’

England: ‘Merry Christmas!’

France: ‘Joyeux Noël!’

Italy: ‘Buone Natale!’

Australia

Ukraine: ‘Srozhdestvom Kristovym!’

Canada

Greece: ‘Kala Christouyenna!’

Central America

 

Christmas Truce of 1914 (Article)

During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.

 

Christmas Video (21 Video Clips)

Video Clip Titles

Evolution of Christmas

Christmas Becomes a Holiday

North Pole: Deconstructed

Strange Christmas Traditions

Evolution of Santa Claus

Origins of Christmas

Origins of Santa Claus

History of the Christmas Carol

The Life of a Christmas Tree

Christmas Light Technology

Christmas Light Fanatic

Crafting Glass Ornaments

Why December 25th

Fruitcake

Gingerbread House

Candy Canes

White House Christmas

Babe Ruth Santa

Christmas on the Western Front

The Christmas Tree

European Christmas Customs

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