Actually the weather outside has been frightful, at least for California. Frigid is not a word generally associated with our weather here in the East Bay. But with freeze warnings and the like, why not enjoy the warmth of the holidays at home this year? Build yourself a traditional fire (if it's not a Spare the Air day), grab a hot beverage, sit back and watch the holiday festivities on our community's college television station, Peralta TV.

Peralta TV -- seen on cable channels 27 and 28 and AT&T U-verse channel 99 -- has put together an outstanding lineup of programs this holiday season, all provided to you as a community service of the Peralta Community College District.

If you missed the Oakland Children's Holiday Parade on Dec. 7, you can relive the experience from the warmth of your living room. The parade is one of the largest in the country with floats, bands and balloons all geared toward making the holidays fun for kids. Peralta TV has been providing the television production for the parade for a decade and its broadcasts are seen across the country on PBS stations. You can watch it on Peralta TV at 11 a.m. Dec. 23, with repeats at 1 p.m. Christmas Day; 1 a.m. Dec. 26; and 3 p.m. on Dec. 31. You won't want to miss this holiday spectacular.

Ever wonder how to make a holiday wreath? The Merritt College horticulture department will be happy to show you on Peralta TV's homegrown production, "SeedUp!" The secrets -- and pleasures -- of wreath-making at home will be revealed in a special holiday edition of "SeedUp!" at 10 a.m. Dec. 21 and at 10 a.m. Dec. 28. More and more people are decking not just the halls, but also their entire houses for the holidays. And it isn't something unique to Alameda's Thompson Avenue (aka Christmas Tree Lane). In December, "In Focus" takes a look at Christmas displays in Austria. Have things gotten a bit out of hand in this Alpine country? You be the judge. Watch at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23 or at 11 a.m. Christmas Day on Peralta TV.

If you enjoy holiday music, a live performance by the Chapman University Conservatory of Music gathers together music from around the world and across the years in a celebration of the winter holidays that will have you singing along for days. Watch "Chapman Holiday Wassail" at 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.

The holidays would not be the holidays without a festive table. Peralta TV has several seasonal culinary programs that will make your mouth water and get you into the kitchen. "A Culinary Journal" features holiday dishes throughout the month. Watch this impressive series on Dec. 23, Dec. 27, and Dec. 31, all at 1:30 p.m.

How about sampling some quintessential Catalan Christmas fare this season? Find out the secrets of this incredible cuisine in a special holiday episode of "Las Recetas De Mi Madre," broadcast at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 24, only on Peralta TV.

With that, let me join my colleagues at the Peralta Colleges -- Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland -- in wishing you a joyous holiday season and a very happy New Year!

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