North Carolina
Solstice Through the Centuries: The Evolution of Winter Holidays
Celebrate the solstice as you journey through the history and evolution of winter holidays, from Hanukkah to the Christmas traditions in Southern Appalachia.
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Program No. 20308RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. For centuries, people worldwide have observed the darkness and celebrated the “return” of the sun. Learn how these old solstice traditions echo through current celebrations. Become acquainted with festivities of many cultures and learn about the ancient Yule and its influence on Christmas. Plus, discover Appalachian Mountain Christmas traditions as you sing and craft with locals.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Share stories and carols with local musicians and make wreaths together to take home to your own celebrations.
  • From the obscure to the iconoclastic, discover the many ways films have woven Christmas into their subjects.
  • Learn about an array of holiday history and traditions, from the origin of Hanukkah to the importance of greenery in ancient Yule traditions.
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