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Christmas: A Biography


Christmas is all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a period of eating and drinking. In "Christmas: A Biography," bestselling author and acclaimed social historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye on myths, legends and history, deftly moving from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire, through Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might be the first appearance of Santa Claus – in Switzerland – to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.

Originally aired December 2017.

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