- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
- Released: October 27, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Arts Magic
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Includes Orson Welles' Famous Radio Production of 'A Christmas Carol' Starring Lionel Barrymore
Description by OLDIES.com:
This program traces the story of Christmas, from its origins in Nordic and Roman mid-winter celebrations, through the advance of Christianity, and up to the present day. It pays particular attention to the small book that came out at the end of 1843 and to the moment in time that Charles Dickens became involved in the progression of the mid-winter festivity and changed its course forever.
This documentary reveals that Christmas didn't have its beginnings with the birth of Christ and the rise of Christianity. Instead, it reveals its roots in Nordic and Roman societies, chronicling the history of the holiday through modern times. The film also focuses on the role of Charles Dickens's classic novel A CHRISTMAS CAROL in our contemporary celebrations.