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Fordham Conversations: The Secrets Behind Christmas Traditions

by Chris Williams
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Christmas tree.

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Why do we exchange presents? What's the history behind Christmas folklore?

On this week’s show, Fordham Professor Maureen Tilley tells us all about Christmas traditions and the stories behind them, some you may know and some you may not. From the horrifying folkloric Krampus to the reason we celebrate on December 25, why we exchange presents, and why Santa lives in the North Pole. Dr. Tilley is a professor of theology and medieval studies. 

Music featured on the show in order of appearance:

Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

Krampus Christmas - Actually Huizenga

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra

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