A Charlie Brown Christmas
One of the most endearing of all Peanuts’ specials finds Charlie Brown nurturing the thinnest, withering Christmas tree ever. At first the gang makes fun of Charlie for choosing such an ugly tree for the holiday, but a timely assist from Linus makes the true message of the season come shining through. Everyone realizes in the end that a little affection can make all the difference in the world… even to a tree.
This Christmas special from 1966 won several awards and still holds up well today. The “Peanuts” gang are all here: Charlie Brown and Sally, Linus and Lucy, and Schroeder and of course Snoopy, possibly the world’s most famous beagle.
Charlie Brown is a bit depressed by all the commercialism of the holiday season. Even his own baby sister Sally writes Santa that if he is short on toys, “tens and twenties” work fine! Lucy gives Charlie Brown some advice-that he needs involvement. He takes over as director of the Christmas play but meets with little cooperation. When he becomes desperate and cries out, “Isn’t there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about?” Linus comes through with a great narration taken from the book of Luke about the birth of Christ and finishes with, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Charlie Brown now rejoices in this discovery and, with some help from his friends, even is able to make the skinny, withered Christmas tree he bought for the play look fantastic. This is a delightful holiday classic which the entire family can enjoy. The voice talent and music by Vince Guaraldi in this special are priceless. We happily award our highest rating, five Doves, to this excellent classic, and our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.