In 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" made it's debut on television. It is one of the Christmas classics that I must watch every year. I even find myself singing or humming "Christmastime is Here" while I am cooking or decorating our tree.
The Peanuts gang is an entertaining group for every age and every member of the family. Watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" together is a wonderful family tradition.
Each year, my heart is touched by the message shared in this Christmas classic to such a degree that anyone watching me would think I had never seen the show before.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Ice Skating PartyThe opening scenes of everyone ice skating are beautiful with the snow falling and the loving sense of happiness. The theme song softly plays in the background. As I mentioned earlier, it is such a simple melody, that it often plays in my mind throughout the Christmas holiday.
While they are walking to the ice, Charlie Brown is telling Linus about his general depression surrounding the holidays and his own lack of understanding for his absence of excitement and enthusiasm.
(You can view that in the video scene below)
Setting the Stage for "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Moving past the tranquil opening scenes, we find Charlie Brown seeking advice from Lucy about his holiday depression. Lucy takes her station in the lemonade stand as a Psychiatrist to help Charlie Brown determine why he is depressed. In an effort to help, she appoints him as the Christmas play director.
Meanwhile, the beloved beagle, Snoopy, sets out to win a decorating contest by decorating his dog house. Even though Charlie Brown detests the commercialism of it all, the dog house really is very pretty when it is decorated and later wins 1st place in the competition.
The Christmas PlayWhen it is announced that Charlie Brown will be the Christmas play director several people, including Snoopy, express disappointment. Lucy takes over and assigns everyone their parts and the practices begin. Then, Lucy sends Charlie Brown and Linus to bring back a Christmas Tree for the play.
The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
It's so sad...
Against Linus' objection, Charlie Brown chooses the Christmas tree that needs him. Of course, he is laughed at and criticized by his peers when he returns with a real tree instead of a modern aluminum tree.
It is at this point that Linus steals the show with his description of what Christmas is really all about. His eloquent delivery of the true Christmas story is the reason why this show rates as one of my Christmas favorites.
Heeding Linus' words Charlie Brown determines not to let commercialism ruin his Christmas. He takes his little tree home to decorate it. After using one ornament from Snoopy's decorated dog house, the little tree bends under the weight of the ornament. Charlie Brown believes he has killed the little tree and walks away even more depressed than before.
Again at Linus' suggestion, the gang comes together to show a little love and decorates Charlie Brown's tree. When Charlie Brown sees what his friends have done for him and for his tree of course, he is overjoyed. The entire group breaks into song: "Hark the Herald Angel's Sing".
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Amazing isn't it? Charles Schulz was actually allowed to make a Christmas story that tells of Christ's birth and it became a classic.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Review
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