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"Season Of Light"

Our holiday show, "Season of Light," is about "the coldest and darkest of seasons -- a season which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year." Narrated by NPR's Noah Adams, it traces the development of many of the world's endearing holiday customs, and how they involve lighting up the winter season -- from the burning of the Yule log and the sparkling Christmas tree lights to the lighting of the Menorah and luminarias.

The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice -- not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Pagan, Nordic, Roman, Egyptian and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing; and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.