'A Charlie Brown Christmas':
A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted to top ratings in December 1965. Coca-Cola had requested a Christmas special after seeing a two-minute documentary that included Peanuts animation, including the now-famous "Linus and Lucy" song by Vince Guaraldi.
So, in a fit of rebellion and compassion, Charlie Brown chooses a sad, sparse little tree as the Christmas tree for the show. Though they initially criticize Charlie Brown for his choice, the cast comes to realize what a nice little tree it is, culminating in the entire group singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."
This holiday classic cartoon contains several iconic images: the cast dancing wildly to Schroeder's (Vince Guaraldi's) "Linus and Lucy" theme; Snoopy perched atop his lavishly decorated dog house; Linus spotlighted on stage as he recites the Christmas story from the Bible; the moment when the spindly tree flops over, and finally, when all the children face the skies with their mouths forming tiny o's as they sing.
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My Two Cents:
Nothing gives me Christmas chills (which are quickly dissipated with a warm mug of cocoa) like hearing "Christmas Time Is Here" and watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. No other animated TV holiday special comes close to capturing the message, the spirit and warmth of Christmas. A Charlie Brown Christmas has been enjoyed for generations, and will be for years to come.