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It's a Wonderful Life

You know the story: Small-town guy George Bailey defers one big dream after another to stay home, marry the local girl and run the family business. Facing financial ruin, he's pulled from suicidal despair by an angel who shows him what a terrible place the world would be if he'd never lived. James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore star in this holiday-season favorite from 1946, with Henry Travers as Clarence the angel. (TVG) 116466
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Decorating Cents: Deck the Halls

Most homeowners like to have their houses look pretty for the holiday season, but when decorations seem to be getting bigger and more expensive, decorating can be hard. This new special highlights two holiday home makeovers with a budget of less than $500 each. One home is done over in the style of a Florentine Christmas; the other features decorations made from organic materials. 8672843


Elton John at Radio City

Elton John performs the hits that made him a superstar in this new special taped over the summer at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall. Most fans would be happy with just John and his piano, but the singer does this one up big, with accompaniment from not one orchestra, but two: the Royal Academy of Music's Symphony Orchestra and its counterpart from New York's Juilliard School.
8 PM on HBO

Love Actually

The charm writer-director Richard Curtis gave "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill" also infuses this 2003 comedy, boasting a great ensemble cast. Frequent Curtis collaborator Hugh Grant plays England's prime minister, who falls for an employee (Martine McCutcheon); other criss-crossing subplots involve Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley and the hilarious Bill Nighy. HDTV8262737

Save Our History

"Secrets of Jamestown" offers new insights into the Virginia colony established by the English in 1607. Host Steve Thomas meets with archaeologists whose discoveries over the past decade have disproved the myth that incompetence on the settlers' part almost caused the colony to go under. You'll learn about a resident named Bartholomew Gosnold, without whom we might not know about the legendary Capt. John Smith. (TVPG) 3844282

A Boyfriend for Christmas

When she was 13, Holly Grant (Kelli Williams, "The Practice") asked Santa for a boyfriend. St. Nick didn't deliver. Now Holly is 33, successful at work but not in love, and has forgotten that long-ago wish. Santa, however, has not. Patrick Muldoon ("Melrose Place") also stars in this lighthearted new holiday romance, with Charles Durning as Kriss Kringle. 1956805

Weird Travels

Looking for a getaway with ghosts? This new series is just the thing for the traveler who wants something scarier on his next trip than the airline food. From houses to hotels and highways, it visits places reputed to be haunted. The premiere episode, "The Wicked West," tells tales of otherworldly presences in the Rockies, the Santa Cruz Mountains and an old mining community that gives new meaning to the term "ghost town." (TVPG) 4816027