Dec 242013

Merry Christmas, Charlie BrownOne of my very favorite parts of growing up was Christmas, and one of my very favorite parts of Christmas was the annual viewing of the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

I am probably pegging my age by saying this, but I don’t care, it is a 25-minute classic that has been on TV for almost 50 years, and features what is almost certainly the greatest Christmas jazz piano song ever.

Will he find the true meaning of Christmas? Will he work up the cajones to talk to that little red-haired girl? Will he get to kick the football? Ever?

A true classic, and certainly my all-time favorite Holiday special.

I now have it on DVD of course, along with the other Charlie Brown holiday specials. They are all good, who doesn’t love the Great Pumpkin? But none of them have the heart and shine and unexpected gravitas of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

But this was an unexpected take. Stay with it, it may not be what it appears to be at first glance.

I shared this on twitter already but I love it so much that I am sharing it again with everyone. How could you watch this and not immediately be in the holiday mood?

And just in case you need an emergency holiday mood intervention, the original:

Merry Christmas/Hannukkah/Kwaanza/Ramadan/Winter Solstice/Festivus everyone! In some cases, belated wishes, but still, best wishes nonetheless.

🙂 😀 🙂

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  1. 🙂 Over here, the xmas special is Benjamin Cricket’s “From All of Us to All of You” They show it every year, since I was little. 🙂

  2. Oops, English name, Jiminy Cricket.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and Mrs Geoff “Gamergirl” Hanna too!

  4. When I was younger it always used to be Star Wars [later episode IV: A New Hope] and The Sound of Music, I have no idea why … but, these seemed to be staple Christmas films.

    So long, farewell, auf Weidersehen, good-bye 😀

  5. Vince Guaraldi’s tunes are my instant mood setters. That, and the ending jingle to a Rankin-Bass show like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Happy holidays!

  6. Anyone who doesn’t enjoy Charlie Brown is probably a meanie head!

  7. For reasons lost or broken I’ve had to replace my soundtrack twice. Starbucks stocks it at the counter every December so I’m never without. 🙂 I remember that for some time in my 20s I swear I thought Oscar Peterson had done the thing but of course it wasn’t. Ty Vince Guaraldi

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