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Fun Friday–What Christmas Is All About

Friday, December 18, 2009

Last week, I told you what my favorite full-length Christmas movie is. But today is reserved for the absolutely most wonderful Christmas TV special ever made: A Charlie Brown Christmas.

First airing in 1965, this half-hour (less time for commercials) program has been a staple of the Christmas season ever since, impacting even our vernacular: who hasn’t at one point in time or another called a scrawny example of a Christmas tree a “Charlie Brown Christmas tree”?

Almost forty-five years ago, Charles Schultz gave us A Charlie Brown Christmas as a way of pointing out how commercialized and materialistic Christmas had become. He often used the comic strip as well as the television cartoon specials to gently poke fun at society and to remind us of the important things in life. This program is the penultimate example of his ability to do this.

And since I know I’m preaching to the choir here, why don’t I just go ahead and post my favorite clip from this, the best Christmas TV program ever:

  1. Friday, December 18, 2009 10:03 am

    I agree; this is priceless!

    Charles Schultz really was ahead of his time, and a genius in his own right.


  2. Friday, December 18, 2009 10:06 am

    I absolutely LOVE Charlie Brown Christmas. Thanks for posting the clip!


  3. Friday, December 18, 2009 11:10 am

    While I love anything “Peanuts,” this has to be Charles Schultz’ crowning glory. My daughters have always wondered why every church’s children’s choir (or adult, for that matter) doesn’t just use THIS as their “Christmas program.” Thanks for sharing the clip!


  4. Friday, December 18, 2009 12:31 pm

    Yep! I grew up with this and still love it to this day! Gotta love Chuck!

    Merry Christmas!



  5. Friday, December 18, 2009 12:34 pm

    Tops on my list too! And to my knowledge, it wasn’t a big deal that Linus literally quotes Scripture in the middle of the show. How cool is that?!


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