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A Christmas Calendar

A Christmas Calendar is a 1987 PBS holiday special hosted and narrated by Loretta Swit. The program was co-produced for PBS by Deutsche Welle and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

A Christmas Calendar
Directed by Jochen Richter
Produced by Franz Lazi
Written by Hildegarde Schroeder
Starring Loretta Swit
Edited by Hildegarde Schroeder
Distributed by PBS
Release date
December 18, 1987
Running time
60 min.
Country United States
Language English and German



Loretta Swit travels to Germany to discover the holiday traditions in the European country. Swit journeys through various regions of Germany including spending some of the holiday with a German family. She discovers the origins of St Nicholas, the Christmas traditions such as the Christkindlmarkt as well as show the viewers the winter scenery of the country.[1][2] The program includes seasonal music with insight of the origins of the titles.[3]


  • Loretta Swit
  • Reinhardt Schmidt
  • Theresia Schmidt
  • Felicia Sharon
  • Barry Sharon
  • Regensburg Boy's Choir
  • Fischer Choir of Stuttgart


Location scenes for the program included Nuremberg, Munich, Aachen, Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Berlin, Germany.[4] The program has not been released on VHS or DVD.

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