25 Days of Christmas Therapy: Day 11 “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

Uo for today’s 25 Days is a well known children’s special, A Charlie Brown Christmas (heck, I’m an adult and I still make it a point to watch this at least once a year). That ol’ blockhead Charlie Brown gets put in charge of the Christmas play and the rest of the Peanuts crew, especially Lucy, doesn’t have much faith in him. Not really feeling the Christmas spirit, Charlie Brown and Linus (and Lunis’ blanket) go in search of a Christmas tree in hopes of inspiring everybody with the Christmas spirit. Does Charlie Brown find the Christmas spirit? Does the play go off without a hitch? You just have to watch and find out. Good grief.

This special was created before Charles Schulz even knew about it. In the mid 1960s, television channels were jumping at the opportunity to jump on the commercial Christmas bandwagon and the best way to do that was to create a television special. CBS contacted Peanuts producer Bill Melendez, after “Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was a big hit and asked if they’d be interested in doing a Christmas special. Melendez said “Of Course”. He then went to Schulz and said “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Schulz asked “What’s that?”. Melendez responded, “It’s what you’re about to write because I just sold it.” This special also had a bit of controversy surrounding it because of Linus’ reciting of the Bible. For the 1960s, airing something like that on television was a risky move. However, Shulz fought and fought to have it and he won out in the end.

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