Saturday, November 20, 2010

Learn about Christmas

Rick Steves' European Christmas

Rick Steves' European Christmas DVD provides a vivid and authentic portrait of how Europeans celebrate the holiday from England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, and Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps. Included are 14 complete live concert performances of music. The 2004 Midnight Mass at St. Peters Basilica (Pope John Paul II) is featured with highlights of Christmas traditions up in the loft with the finest choirs, and into the kitchen with grandma and her best-kept holiday secrets.

A Victorian Christmas
92 min.

When you think of an Old English Christmas most of the seasonal images that immediately spring to mind belong to the Victorian era. Snowy landscapes, beautifully decorated fir trees, chirruping Robins and mountains of festive food nostalgically take us back to a time when Christmas really was celebrated in style. Queen Victoria was personally responsible for a number of our traditional seasonal customs and the great author Charles Dickens created an image of Christmas in his world-famous novels that colours every aspect of our modern day celebrations. "A Victorian Christmas" has been designed to take you on a fascinating journey of discovery, exploring the traditions and customs of this most significant mid--winter festival. From feasting to game playing, carol singing to gift giving, the Victorians stamped their hallmark on Christmas for all time. So, sit back, relax, take a cup of good cheer and enjoy a very merry, Victorian Christmas.

Biography - Santa Claus
50 min.

Celebrate the enchantment embodied within the legend of one of history's most beloved figures. Though rooted in various religions, Santa also symbolizes the secular spirit of generosity. Adored by children worldwide, but often with a different name and emanating from disparate myths, he continues to create instantaneous mirth and joy. Join us on a jolly journey through time to reveal his roots--from the Roman Befana to the Germanic Berchta and Knecht Ruprecht, from Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus.

The History of Christmas
200 min.

Showcasing a full, in-depth look at Christmas traditions, this set features four insightful programs, all compiled to make one Christmas extravaganza.

Advent & Christmas in old Germany
70 min.

The festival, celebration, and tradition of Christmas in Germany is massively important to the German people and is an integral part of German culture, with the country sporting some of the most glamorous and spellbinding celebrations and markets in the world. During the festive period, thousands visit the magical Christkindlesmarktes and join the Christmas festivities to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.In this DVD, Elmar Gunsch and Greg Marston take us on a magical journey through glittering Christmas markets, fairy tale winter landscapes and alpine bars with popular Christmas music, as well as investigating a selection of the most beautiful cribs in Germany.We experience the opening of the world-famous Nurnberger Christkindlesmarktes that accommodates over two million visitors during the Christmas period and admire the living crib of monastery Andechs. We also meet the genuine Father Christmas and are told a Christmas story by the Nurnberger "Baby Jesus".The DVD also explains the old Rothenburger dedicating night, the traditional mountain Christmas and the world-famous Dresden Striezelmarkt, one of Germany's oldest-dated Christmas markets which dates back to the 1400s. Finally, the Dresden Cross Choir is featured and perform Christmas carols. A white wintry Germany during the Christmas season form the conclusion of this sensational journey about the customs and culture of German Christmas history and will serve as the perfect tool to get you in the mood for the festive period.

1 comment:

TheBookGirl said...

This is such a great post!!!

I did not know anything about any of these, and I am now writing down each of the titles to go scrounge them up. Thanks :)

I can't wait to see what you come up with next.