Thursday, December 11, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This year, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer marks its 50th annual broadcast. Next year, that honor goes to the very first Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The plot is really very simple. Charlie Brown and friends improvise a Christmas tree in time for a school pageant. Predictably, the tree isn't up to standards, but it's the spirit of the season that counts more.

The highlights include the debut of Vince Guaraldi's "Linus & Lucy", an instrumental composition that has been used in many a Peanuts special since, and Linus reading from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, explaining the birth of Jesus.

Here it is, in full.

Many of us got our first Bible lesson courtesy of Linus. Who knew?

Rating: A+.


magicdog said...

This will always be tied with "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" as my favorite Christmas special. Its message has only grown stronger over the years.

Did you know the sponsors at first wanted Linus' Bible reading removed? They thought it was too controversial - luckily the creators fought to keep it in.

hobbyfan said...

What do advertising idiots know, anyway?