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Title Sarah Beeny's Rise Hall Christmas / Director: Cox, Matthew
Published Australia : ABC, 2013
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Summary From the splendour of their grand stately home Rise Hall, which they've spent 10 years restoring, Sarah, Graham and their children reveal the origins of traditional Christmas customs that the house has experienced. We see how decorating a tree, eating mince pies and exchanging gifts became 'the done thing' for the gentry and for ordinary people as well. The house was built for grand entertainment, and for over 200 hundred years it's seen the evolution of Christmas celebrations.Today our Christmas traditions sell in the millions. But turkey, crackers and stockings above the fire were all at one point in history, newly fashionable. Each of them has a story and in many cases was first adopted by the gentry.Dressing up, the family gets to experience how festive conventions have changed over the Hall's 200-year history. They uncover the history and traditions of today's Christmas by revisiting past festive seasons at Rise Hall - first built in 1773 - from the indulgent Georgians, to the family loving Victorians, right up to the make-do-and-mend of wartime Britain.Along the way, we reveal how the Victorians reinvented Christmas, and how carols became its soundtrack. We eat Christmas food spanning 200 years of festive feasting; and we discover the origins of the office snog as we deck the halls, Georgian style.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Red House Production (A Zodiak Media Company)
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2015-12-17 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Christmas.
Christmas decorations -- Design.
Discovery and exploration, British.
Christmas cooking.
England -- Yorkshire.
Form Streaming video
Author Cox, Matthew, director
Beeny, Sarah, host
Swift, Graham, host