If it wouldn't be Christmas without George Bailey, Uncle Billy, rotten old Mr. Potter, Clarence the angel and little Zuzu's petals, mark your calendars.
"It's a Wonderful Life" will air twice on NBC - including Christmas Eve, the perfect time to watch it - and play for free five times at the Regent Square Theater. Those big-screen showings are courtesy of Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
NBC plans to air the movie Dec. 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. and on Christmas Eve, also 8 to 11 p.m. Through a process called Descriptive TheatreVision, the movie will be described for the blind and visually impaired by former President George Bush.
If you want to take the family to see the movie on the big screen, head for the Regent Square at 8 p.m. on Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 22. A 5 p.m. show also will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20. At a time when virtually nothing is free, this is truly a gift.
The film is set in Bedford Falls, where small-time banker George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) decides he might be worth more dead than alive - until an angel shows him what his hometown, family and friends would be like had he never lived. It's a charmer, a tear-jerker and an inspiration.