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CRAFT IN AMERICA: Holiday

Airs Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Banquet hall and Christmas tree at Biltmore House, Asheville, North Carolina.

The Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning CRAFT IN AMERICA, now in its fifth season, promotes and advances original handcrafted work and inspires people of all ages to pursue their own creativity.

“Holiday” celebrates some of our most important traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. George Vanderbilt’s opulent turn-of-the-century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for the competition at Grove Park Inn. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard’s sparkling luminarias. Garcia Art Glass makes colorful ornaments, and Veronica Castillo creates a traditional Mexican Tree of Life.

CRAFT IN AMERICA is on Facebook, and you can follow @CraftinAmerica on Twitter. Past episodes of CRAFT IN AMERICA are available for online viewing.

Holiday episode preview

Holiday embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmade. Premieres Friday, December 20, 2013. Check your local listings.