The holiday season is here and with it brings colorful lights, rich foods, wrapped presents, and, of course, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” More than 50 years after its premiere, the show holds a special place in popular culture and the public’s imagination.
The network aired the program not once, but twice in recent weeks. Although you don’t need a TV to watch the Peanuts gang and their yuletide adventures – the show can be seen it in its entirety on the network’s website. The special is also posted to YouTube, as are several clips. The show is an annual ratings success, often beating out newer established shows in the same time slot.
I was reminded of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” a few years ago when I helped a friend sort through his storage unit. I was excited when I came across a DVD of the program even though I hadn’t seen it in years. I found my reaction interesting, and I was inspired to watch it again so I could figure out why the special continues to endure year after year and from one generation to the next. Here are my thoughts after a viewing:
These factors, in combination, make “A Charlie Brown Christmas” stand out and have given it staying power. It's ironic that it took a trip to a dark dusty storage unit for me to rediscover this bright lively gem.
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