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PHOTO BY REBECCA NUTTALL
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The decorated tree in the ice-skating rink in PPG Place is a must-see this holiday season.

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A decade's worth of seasonal recordings from Sufjan Stevens, this collection features versions of omnipresent favorites ("Silent Night") and oddball originals ("No One Can Save You from Christmases Past").

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Table-top Tree. Avoid the struggle of getting a giant spruce through your front door. All the cheer and evocative pine fragrance, but none of the hassle. 

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“O Holy Night,” by Lou Christie. Originally performed in the 1980s as part of a local radio station’s holiday compilation, Christie’s version of this 19th-century song stands out as beautiful, gut-wrenching and distinctively his own. Hear for yourself at www.lou-christie.com/christmas.html.

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Scrooge. There are dozens of versions of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, featuring everyone from the Muppets to the Fonz. But this 1970 musical adaptation starring Albert Finney is one of the best. It’s got singing, dancing in the streets and Alec Guinness.


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