Jillian Michaels, Leann Rimes among “Christmas Through the Decades” guest stars
This year HISTORY will premiere a new holiday series event called “Christmas Through the Decades,” taking viewers back in time to see what Christmas and the holiday season were like in America throughout its history.
Through experts and cultural icons offering their own insight and personal memories, “Christmas Through the Decades” will reveal how classic holiday films, fads, television specials, songs, and toys are still part of modern holiday celebration. This limited series is set to run for four consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday, November 25 at 10PM EPT/PT.
Each week dedicates one hour to a decade in history, beginning with the 1960s and concluding with the 1990s. Christmas in the 1960s was a turbulent time, marked by the tragic loss of JFK and absent loved ones fighting in the Vietnam War. However, a live Christmas Eve broadcast from Apollo 8 astronauts offered peace and hope to all on earth.
The 1970s introduced Star Wars action figures that sold out before Christmas, Pet Rocks, and the holiday tune Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. The 1980s were all about the Walkman, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas. In the 1990s parents were desperate to get their hands on Tickle Me Elmo and Beanie Babies, and Home Alone became a classic holiday film.
Guests will include Jillian Michaels, Leann Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Dascha Polanco and more as HISTORY travels through the past and reminisces about the most wonderful time of the year in “Christmas Through the Decades.”
“Christmas Through the Decades” is produced for HISTORY by TV Dinner Productions. Karla Hidalgo and Christopher Martin serve as executive producers for TV Dinner Productions. John Verhoff and Stephen Mintz serve as executive producers for HISTORY.