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The Real Story of Christmas

Dec 19, 2019

Credit Courtesy of MacMillan Publishers

When it comes to Christmas, whether you are a secular celebrant or a holy reveler, the season is marked by different traditions from different places around the globe. 

Some of those traditions have their origins in revolution, forced immigration, occupation, religious persecution and one of the most seductive marketing campaigns in the history of marketing. 

Today on Midday, Tom's guest is world reknowned social historian Judith Flanders. In her book, Christmas: A Biography, Ms. Flanders examines the facts and fiction of Christmas past – and how they inform and sometimes mis-inform our understanding of Christmas present.