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Season 4 Episode 17

Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black

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Aired Unknown Nov 23, 2009 on The History Channel
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Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black
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Ho, ho, ho! 'Tis the season of survival. Armed with history, humor and his trademark ranting, Lewis Black returns to make sense of this end-of-year insanity that consumes us all. Bllack takes a look at how to survive the month-long festival of consumption without losing your mind. He consults experts in holiday history, anxiety and gift giving--and other comedians. He explores the meaning of Kwanzaa, the history of Chanukah, and the real Saint Nicholas. Lewis discovers why we drink on New Year's Eve and why the Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving Day.moreless
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      • Lewis Black: It's all about small talk, keeping the smile on your face and travel, family, presents, decorations, candles, cards, overeating, shopping and your drunk uncle! Tis the season of survival and if you can survive the holidays you can survive anything. Believe it or not I'm standing here in the freezing rain to make it easier for you. I'm going to find and share secrets for not only surviving this month long festival of consumption, but how to embrace it without losing your mind.

      • Lewis Black: Thanks to Squanto, the Pilgrims had a good harvest in 1621, so they invited their Native American friends to a harvest feast. This would have been a good time for the Indians to kill their new friends, but they missed their chance. By 1675 the Thanksgiving good will had faded. King Phillips' War put a damper on a happy dinner with the neighbors. Thanksgiving was either observed or ignored by successive Presidents until Lincoln made it official during the Civil War in 1863 in the hope that if everyone ate enough turkey they'd be too tired to fight.

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