People have been celebrating light during the darkest days of the year for millenia. This video explores the history of Christmas, tracing a route through Norse traditions, ancient Rome and the sun god Mithras, (who was believed born on December 25th) and onwards to Christianity and the costume design of Santa Claus.

Unwrap the multi-layered gifts (and ghosts) of Christmas past.


Photo of Mithras in the British Museum (Public Domain).