The Truth About Christmas Carols

The BBC is going to rebroadcast Howard Goodall’s The Truth About Christmas Carols on the following dates and stations:

Friday, 17 Dec 2010 21:30 BBC HD
Sunday, 19 Dec 2010 20:00 BBC Four

This is the third year it has been broadcast and is well worth watching.

The iPlayer site doesn’t have the broadcast info up yet, but the show site,, does. Here’s the first 10 minutes as a teaser:

I’m adding muckrake’s comment and my response to this:
Excellent! Great information especially for the doubting Thomas. I saw all 6 episodes from Youtube links at the conclusion of episode 1.

Early on, I realised that Christmas had zip to do with Christ, which was a disappointment. On the other hand, the acknowledgement of Christmas’s pagan nature, as well as Easter’s Pagan and Jewish heritage (it’s passover for goys) have helped me appreciate the holidays.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is another carol with a “secret meaning” since the 12 days refers to a more pagan celebration lasting from Christmas eve to Epiphany (6 January). Naturally, that was tied into the pagan feast of Saturnalia featuring such things as the Lord of Misrule. the post Commonwealth purtianical ban on Christmas the feast was changed and the tradition forgotten.

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