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Recommended viewing for the season at hand.

A Christmas Story (20th Anniversary) – DV-Disc PN 1997 C456 2003 / 1983 93 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
The story about a little boy's overwhelming obsession to acquire a Red Ryder BB-gun for Christmas. The little boy encounters neighborhood bullies, a heartless teacher, and endless warnings of the dangers of owning a BB-gun in his quest for this ultimate Christmas gift. Disc 2 Extras include: Original readings by Jean Shepard, Another Christmas Story documentary with cast members and the director, Get a Leg Up and The Daisy Red Ryder featurettes, Triple Dog Dare interactive trivia, decoder match challenge, hidden Easter Eggs, and the original theatrical trailer.

Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas – DV-Disc GT 4985 C48 2005 / 1997 50 min. b&w-color Languages: English
This program traces the emergence of the modern-day Christmas celebration from pagan festivals, such as the Roman Saturnalia, to British settlers in the New World transforming the patron saint of children into the enduring figure of Santa Claus.

Stream: Gift of the Magi (O'Henry) / 20 min.
"One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas." And so we begin O. Henry's best-known and timeless story. It's a wonderful romantic tale of a young married couple who have little money to buy each other Christmas presents—with a charming surprise ending. Starring Rosemary Deleonardis, Kiah Gordon, David A. Silverstein, Linda Stiegler, and Adrienne Storrs. Adapted for the screen and directed by Scott Mansfield.

Holiday Inn – DV-Disc PN 1997 H65 2008 / 1942 101 min. b&w-color Languages: English Subtitles: English, French, Spanish (Includes both a black & white and color version)
A former song and dance man with an inn in New England is saved from financial disaster and a forlorn Christmas by the showmanship of old friends.

In Search of Christmas – DV-Disc BT 315.2 I5 2004 / 2001 100 min. color Languages: English
A fascinating survey balancing belief, tradition and archeology to examine the familiar stories surrounding Christmas. Find out why many biblical scholars believe that the three wise men were astrologers, not kings. Discover what natural phenomenon might account for the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. And hear from the growing number of experts who believe that Christ was not born in Bethlehem, but in Nazareth, and that His true birthday was in April, six years before the long-accepted date.

It's a Wonderful Life – DV-Disc PN 1997 I87 2007 / 1946 130 min. b&w Languages: English, French Subtitles: English
Frustrated by his current business and personal setbacks, George Bailey prepares to commit suicide until he is shown by his guardian angel what an accomplishment his honest life has been.

Jesus of Nazareth -- V-Cass PN 1997 J395 1986 pt.1-3 / 1976 376 min. color
Maintaining the perfect balance between religious fervor and realism, this is a unique film depicting the life of Christ from his birth through his resurrection.

Stream: A Matter of Principle / 56 min.
Scrooge may be alive and well and living in West Virginia in the person of Flagg Purdy. He won't pay the county phone tax, and he won't allow his wife and 11 children to celebrate any holiday. He rules his life, and theirs, by his "principles." But something has just happened to his well-ordered universe. Flagg's favorite daughter has decided to get married and to celebrate a certain winter holiday, complete with a tree and presents. Christmas is coming to the Purdy household. The serious, and often hilarious, family confrontations that follow sow the seed of women's liberation and confront Purdy with the question of whether love is more important than pride. A story of love, devotion, relationships, and Christmas adapted for PBS from writer John D. Weaver's humorous story starring award-winning actor Alan Arkin and his real-life wife, Barbara Dana. Written by Nancy Miller and Neal Miller, and directed by Gwen Arner.

Stream: Nutcracker – from the Royal Opera House / 108 min.
This perennial favorite draws on E. T. A. Hoffmann's Christmas fantasy, in which a young girl finds herself caught up in a night of magical adventures. Tchaikovsky's well-known score, the exquisite choreography, and entrancing imagery combine to create one of the most popular ballets in the world. Called "a perfectly executed confection" by The Classical Source, the Royal Opera House staging features period costume and detailed sets evoking a lavish 19th-century holiday season. This Christmas 2009 performance marks the 25th anniversary of Peter Wright's Royal Opera House production, which he based on the 1892 Ivanov original.

The Celebration of Kwanzaa: Echos of Africa — V-Cass GT 4403 C44 1996 / 1996 30 min. color
Celebrating the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, giving thanks for first fruits and rekindling important principles for seven days.

Stream: Kwanzaa: A Cultural Celebration / 30 min. color
Several presenters explain the symbols, gifts, values, celebration and history of the harvest festival Kwanzaa holiday, observed December 26-January 1.

Getting Started for Beginners – DV-Disc GV 857 S57 G48 2003 / 22 min. color
Dressing for success / Learning to turn / Choosing proper equipment / Making a snowbard at Unity / Getting on and off the lift / How to ollie / How to fall
Learn to snowboard from the pros: dressing for success, proper equipment, stance, getting on and off the lift, learning to turn, how to ollie, how to fall, and more.

Impact (Warren Miller) – DV-Disc GV 854 W369 2005 / 2004 98 min. color (Special features: featurette: behind the scenes in Bulgaria; video fireplace.)
From daring first descents to hilarious misadventures, this film has it all. Featuring the biggest and best skiing and snowboarding action shot all over the world.

Kevolution: The Life and Times of Kevin Jones – DV-Disc GV 857 S57 K48 2004 / 29 min. color
This program shows champion snowboarder Kevin Jones in action.

Last Winter: An All Girl Snowboard Film -- GV 857 S57 L38 2000z DV-Disc / 39 min. color
Women snowboarders practice their snowboarding skills.

Slug Games 2006 – DV-Disc GV 857 S57 S58 2006 / 14 min. color-b&w
Snowboarders practice their snowboarding skills in Utah.

X=10 – DV-Disc GV 854 X2 2004 / 50 min. color-b&w
Enlist for another season as the PBP crew turns their cameras on the world's premiere athletes to bring you insane big mountain, backcountry kickers, and ridculous antics. Skiers test their skills at Aspen, St. Anton, Whistler, Timberline, Parkasauras, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Mount Hood Meadows, Northstar, Big Bear, Keystone, Breckinridge, Vail, Park City and other places.

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