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Season 1 Episode 78

Surviving the Holidays With Lewis Black

Aired Unknown Nov 23, 2009 on The History Channel
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Join ever-acerbic comedian Lewis Black on an odyssey through history to rediscover and understand the origins of the "Big Four" holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and New Year's. Once the "happiest season of all," it's hard to deny that the 35 days between Thanksgiving and New Year's have become weighed-down with enough stress and anxiety - the shopping, the wrapping, the eating, the drinking, the card-writing, the obligations, the office parties, the pressures, the bills - to make even the most cheery holiday-goers bitter. What's with Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year's? Are we losing touch with our most important holidays and with what made them, well...holidays? And what can we do about it? Armed with history and humor, and filled with the knowledge and advice of experts and fellow comedians, Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black targets the holidays in an effort to preserve the ideals they are meant to represent, and to help us all relax and reconnect with the joy of the season.moreless
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