Why “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the Best Christmas Special of All Time

By Summer


Snowflakes in the air / Carols everywhere / Olden times and ancient rhymes / Of love and dreams to share

“Christmas Time is Here” is probably the best Christmas song of all time, one that can be enjoyed (by crazy people like me) any time of the year to bring joy and holiday spirit into your dull and boring life (ok, still just me). If you’re not familiar, it’s The Best Song from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which is The Best Christmas Special of All Time, completely undeniable and agreed upon by  several sources (namely, Jessica and Katie).

In this special Charlie Brown reminds us all of what is truly important during the holiday season, which, to Charlie Brown, is the birth of Jesus Christ. Personally, I interpret the meaning of this special to be a reminder that gifts and commercialism isn’t all that is important during Christmas (I say “all,” meaning, of course gifts and commercialism are a HUGE part of Christmas, but not the only thing that we have to get caught up on), and family and giving are integral with the Holiday Spirit.

To me, Christmas is a relatively new phenomenon celebrated within my immediate family, as I never celebrated Christmas as a child in the general sense of what children think of as Christmas (Santa, presents under the Christmas tree, etc.) because my mom grew up a Jehovah’s Witness. I never actually had a Christmas tree in my house until about 7 years ago when I was around 12.

Since then Christmas has gotten to be an increasingly large part of my household (my mom becomes a Professional Interior Decorator for our home from December to January) and we are still trying to come up with our own family traditions. We’ve tried a few different things for Christmas, including a trip to New York City which is literally the most magical thing you can do around Christmastime, but one thing has ALWAYS been part of Christmas for the Brodbeck clan: A Charlie Brown Christmas.

This special, first airing in 1965, was my dad’s favourite as a child and still is. We listen to several versions of Christmas Time is Here (the Vince Guaraldi original I still maintain is the best thing EVER), watch the special every year when it’s on TV and own it on DVD, and even have Charlie Brown’s sad little Christmas tree that we display in our living room around the holidays.

Whether you like Charlie Brown in general, reminding yourself that materialism isn’t the only part of the holidays, completely amazing music, or fantastic Peanuts character dancing, A Charlie Brown Christmas has something for every member of the family, no matter how young or old. I guarantee if this already isn’t your favourite, it will quickly become your favourite Christmas special or possibly film short in general.

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