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Christmas Roundup

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Christmas is a time of tradition, and the networks will provide plenty of it this holiday season. You'll find heartwarming old favorites to remind you of Christmases past and new specials that are sure to be a part of Christmases future. So gather the whole family around the electronic hearth and enjoy these holiday offerings. Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Fox
"Cinderelmo" is a "Sesame Street"-style retelling of the classic fairy tale, starring Keri Russell, French Stewart, Kathy Najimy and Oliver Platt, along with Sesame Street Muppets Elmo, Grover and Kermit the Frog. When the invitations to the "Princess' 18th Birthday Holiday Ball" turn into the "Princess' 18th Birthday Holiday Find-A-Husband Ball" in the land of Sesame Street, all of the town's unmarried men and monsters make haste to the celebration — except for Cinderelmo. Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m., CBS
"A Garfield Christmas Special" is back again this year with Lorenzo Music, Pat Carroll and Pat Harrington voicing the animated characters. Garfield reluctantly goes to the country with his owner, Jon, and his canine nemesis, Odie, for an old-fashioned, down-home family Christmas. The special was first broadcast in 1987. Dec. 15, 10 p.m., PBS (Ch. 23)
Enjoy a "Taste of Chanukah" featuring the New England Conservatory of Music and the Boston Community Gospel Choir. The program repeats Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Dec, 15, 8 p.m., PBS (Ch. 57)
"Once Upon a Sleigh Ride," narrated by Dick Cavett, takes a documentary look at the life and music of the late Leroy Anderson. Dec. 15, 8 p.m., FOX
President Clinton and the First Lady open the White House for a one-hour special, "The First Family's Holiday Gift to America: A Personal Tour of the White House." Viewers will be treated to an inside view of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Highlights will include the family room, movie theater and President Clinton's music studio. In their final holiday season in office, the First Family will also share their thoughts about what life is really like in the nation's most famous home. Dec. 16, 8 p.m. NBC
The original black-and-white director's cut of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, follows the life of George Bailey (Stewart) from childhood to maturity in the town of Bedford Falls. On what might be his last Christmas Eve, a discouraged Bailey wants to throw his life away. Fortunately, Clarence (Henry Travers), a second-class angel, is sent to show him the value of life. Dec. 17, 9 p.m., CBS
"The Christmas Secret" is a heartwarming new holiday movie starring Emmy Award-winners Richard Thomas and Beau Bridges. In this magical story, a scientist sets out to prove that reindeer can fly, and along the way discovers the true meaning of faith, family and Christmas. Dec. 17, 7 p.m., NBC
"The Sound of Music," the most beloved musical of all time, celebrates its 35th anniversary. Oscar and Emmy winner Julie Andrews stars as Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain (Christopher Plummer). Maria is hired to take care of seven children living under his military discipline, but winds up teaching them to sing and marries the captain. Dec. 18, 9 p.m., PBS (Ch. 23)
"A Purdue University Christmas" is a spectacular stage presentation of sacred and popular Christmas music. The annual sellout program at Purdue University features a glee club, swing choirs and choral groups. Dec. 24, 7 p.m. ABC
It's a star-studded Christmas Eve when "Walt Disney World" presents "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle") joins pop icons Jessica Simpson, 98 Degrees and 'N Sync, along with country superstars Billy Gilman and SheDAISY and R&B sensation Monica. Stellar performances of classic holiday favorites and up-to-the-minute sightings of Santa from around the globe will keep viewers young and old enthralled. Dec. 24, 5 p.m., PBS (Ch 23), and 9 p.m., PBS (Ch. 57)
The ever-popular "Nutcracker" is performed with a twist in "The Joffrey Nutcracker." Choreographer Robert Joffrey presents a uniquely American interpretation of this holiday

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