ABC to air holiday classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

That sweet little Peanut, Charlie Brown, will be making his annual holiday appearance on your television screen Thursday, Dec. 21 on ABC.

The animated movie drawn by the late Charles M. Schulz debuted in 1965. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been a classic that audiences have come to look forward to year after year. The movie has become almost synonymous with tradition. It is a staple on the list of our must-watch holiday favorites. It just doesn’t seem like Christmas until we see that title flash across our screens.

Who hasn’t cozied up with fuzzy pj’s, hot chocolate, and a few close friends and family to watch poor Charlie Brown tell off his gang each year? Maybe even hoping that Sally will have gotten it together by now. Or that Lucy will have melted her cold-hard-cash-oriented heart for the sake of the season. But doggone it, who doesn’t snicker at Snoopy’s annual attempt to hop on the neighborhood decorating bandwagon and cash in on “the prize”?

The endearing plotline (which by now, we all know by heart) keeps us coming back to watch poor Charlie Brown’s frustrated search for truth year after year.

The Charlie Brown “tree”

Of course, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” would not be the movie we love without the star of the show itself — that pathetically sparse little tree we’ve all come to love and even emulate in our own living rooms.

Photo by brownpau, 2010, via Flickr

The unimpressive tree is chosen in favor over all of the glittering tin-can others and over Lucy’s ideal tree of a “modern-day spirit.” Perhaps the tree is meant to embody what the spirit of Christmas has become for some people. This could be many things: a poor-hearted spirit, a lonely spirit, a spirit of greed, an overly commercialized spirit. All of which can leave us feeling very empty.

And perhaps it’s that previously mentioned traditional spirit itself that keeps a secular world hooked on this classic. 

Charlie Brown has the daunting task of directing a cast full of high-maintenance complainers for the annual Christmas play. And all they wanna do is dance, dance. To avoid him spoiling their fun, Lucy kicks him out to endeavor the search of said Christmas tree.

Of course, when he returns with the three pine needles on a stick, the gang is slightly less than enthused. Good ol’ Linus, sensing the need, steps in and puts everyone in their place with his spotlit monologue, the highlight of the movie, and the words we can recite by heart.

What it’s really all about, Charlie Brown?
“…And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord…
…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Charlie Brown has the right idea. Joined by the heart-changed helping hands of his crew, he decorates the tree with them and suddenly it blooms into the most beautiful tree ever – – the ultimate illustration of love.

When people gather in the name of love, our sparse interior falls away, and

we are reborn into something abundant and beautiful.

Photo by 22860, 2012, via Flickr

You can wait until the Dec. 21 broadcast on ABC or you can watch it here:

Merry Christmas!


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