The Christmas we are familiar with was not always a season of gift-giving, caroling, decorations, and of course, Santa Claus. Join Mark Albertson and learn something new as he explores the history of Christmas.
For the Christian world, December 25th is reserved to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ; preceded as it is by the season of Advent, bringing on Christmastide, a continuum which lasts 12 days, resulting in Twelfth Night.
Once it was a day of celebration from the perspective of serfs and farmers, expectant of "longer" days and warmer weather, the season of planting. Yet some celebrated this promise with such degrees of reverie as to cause the Puritans to outlaw Christmas in England during the 17th century.
Have some hot chocolate and get cozy by the fire while you listen to a different Christmas story.
About the Presenter
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.