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Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas (1997)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Harry Smith ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Forrest Church Forrest Church ... Himself - Minister, All Souls Church (as Rev. Forrest Church)
A.W. Purdue A.W. Purdue ... Himself - Historian, Open University, England
Elaine Pagels Elaine Pagels ... Herself - Religion Department, Princeton University
Stephen Nissenbaum Stephen Nissenbaum ... Himself - Historian, University of Massachusetts
Penne L. Restad Penne L. Restad ... Herself - Historian, University of Texas
Leigh Eric Schmidt Leigh Eric Schmidt ... Himself - Religion Department, Princeton
Alan Dundes Alan Dundes ... Himself - Folklore Department, UC Berkeley)
Jean Shepherd Jean Shepherd ... Himself - Humorist
James Stewart ... George Bailey (archive footage)
Donna Reed ... Mary Bailey (archive footage)
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The producers mistakenly identify the production of "A Christmas Carol" excerpted as having been made in 1958, when in fact it is a 1949 production. See more »

Quotes

Jean Shepherd: [last lines, referring to Christmas] Now you can be cynical all you want, but you still enjoy it.
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Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

The Christmas Song
Music by Mel Tormé
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Very Informative and Highly Entertaining
9 September 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.

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

When it airs make sure to watch. It does a great job of telling the audience how Christmas traditions started and evolved.


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