Rick Steves' European Christmas [Blu-ray]
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I cannot recommend this DVD enough! My family has sat down to this program for the past two years and everytime I find something new to appreciate about it. Rick Steves takes us on tour in his usual style through several European countries and their unique customs. This time however we are allowed into the homes and traditions of the native peoples families. 7 european cultures are explored through their Christmas and holiday traditions. Italian, Swiss, British, French are to name a few of the places Rick takes us to on Christmas eve and the preceding days of celebration. What I like about the DVD most is the way you are shown each countries holiday traditions seperatly right up to Christmas eve then you are treated to the mounting Christmas eve excitment from all countries as they get ready for Father Christmas's visit or for some cultures the pinnacle of the season that evening. It shows the flashy city wide celebrations as well as what the average family does for seasons greetings. If you want to see humanity at its best this DVD will surely do your heart some good to see the common excitement in all childrens eyes and in the adults voices. Like I said I can't say enough. However, I will break a cardinal rule here and tell you that I would splurge here a little and go to [...] and purchase the Christmas set which includes the DVD, the book that the other two reviewers are refering to, as well as the matching CD that contains all of the carols that are in the DVD. Belive me once you see the performances you will want the CD! This package sells for around 35 dollars and is well worth it! Wishing you a happy holidays whatever time of the year you read this!
Bonus Features: 45 minutes of extra content, including full-length choir performances, Pope John Paul II's last midnight Christmas Mass, interview with the Christkind, Italian manger scenes (presepi), and a musical slide show of European Christmas images.
Running Time: 1 hour + bonus features. Widescreen (16x9) NTSC format, all region compatible.
There are so many memorable scenes, but a favorite is Steve's and his family visiting friends in the Swiss Alps. They ski and sled in breathtaking scenery and then stop at a hut to warm up and enjoy a rich cheese fondue. It is then after dark, and they return home skiing by candlelight. The extras include Midnight Mass in Rome by the Pope and additional choral music. This DVD is a unique treasure. It is filled with beautiful sights and sounds and it improves with repeated watching and it is worth every penny.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, really gets you in the mood for Christmas. I watch it every year.Published 10 days ago by SFjax
Saw this on PBS and fell in love with it, had to add it to my library.Published 4 months ago by Steve
Anything Rick Steves narrates is awesome. He's a wonderful story teller with lots of wonderful information about places I've always wanted to visit.Published 4 months ago by Rob Smith
I love watching this - at Christmas or any time of the year. Rick Steves has compiled a beautiful look at the great traditions of Europe, which brings out the true meaning and joy... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian L. Barnes
A great, well-produced video of the european christmas traditions.Published 5 months ago by Easy Rider
So So Happy with this DVD. I treasure it. Easy to order and it arrived on time. Perfect!Published 5 months ago by June A Wisnom