The Real Story of Christmas on the History Channel
Tuesday, December 20th at 11/10c


A religious celebration as well as a cultural phenomenon, Christmas has many meanings throughout the world. The Real Story of Christmas provides an insightful tour through the history of this holiday and traces the origins of its enduring traditions. Few students may know that celebrating Christmas was against the law in some parts of America in the 17th and 18th centuries, for example, or that the holiday has both religious and secular roots. Viewers will also learn fun stories behind Christmas favorites like Rudolph the Reindeer and Yule logs in this all-new 1 hour special. It is great resource for pre-holiday activities and for discussions about how traditions develop over time.

Curriculum Links:
The Real Story of Christmas would be useful for History, Popular Culture, Social Studies, and Religion courses. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students.

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