Tue, Dec 25, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

From the Archives: A Candid History of Christmas

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A family takes a Christmas tree home.
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A family takes a Christmas tree home.

Where did Christmas customs like tree decorating, stocking stuffing and gift-giving originate? Was St. Nick a real person? We replay a portion of our interview with holiday historian Bruce David Forbes to illuminate us on these traditions and discuss his book "Christmas: A Candid History."

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Bruce David Forbes, professor of religious studies at Morningside College and coeditor, with Jeffrey Mahan, of "Religion and Popular Culture in America"

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