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The Origins of Christmas 1999

Trace the history of Christmas traditions from ancient pagan rites and the miracles of St. Nicholas to the emergence of department store Santas.

A look into the origins of Christmas from its pagan beginnings, through its Christianisation, to the current incarnation as we know it today. The program discovers why holly, mistletoe, feasting and gift-giving have become synonymous with Christmas celebrations and examines various cultures' celebrations of the Christmas season.

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