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The History of Christmas

Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas originally appeared on the history channel back in 1997.

Narrated by Harry Smith, this documentary traces the roots of Christmas back to its early beginnings as a pagan Roman holiday of feasting through the relatively new introductions of christmas trees and candy canes.