5 Reasons "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Is the Greatest Holiday Special

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Good grief.
With all the classic holiday films and TV specials, it can be difficult to watch them all during the holidays. You might even get sick of them. Hell, if you flip on Lifetime or the Hallmark Channel, you could probably watch a new Christmas movie every hour on the hour from April through December and never take a break.

But, there are certain films and holiday specials that are the gold standard of Christmas viewing. Even if you don't like all of them, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and Elf should be a part of every holiday tradition. I also would include a handful of other Christmas and holiday-themed films as well, but that's a list for another year.

To me, however, there is none that quite rises to the level of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and here's why.

5. It isn't preachy.

Yes, Luke 2 -- the most famous telling of the birth of Christ in the Bible -- is recited by Linus when Charlie Brown is trying to understand the true meaning of Christmas, but no one is trying to convert him. As Linus said, this was how he saw it, which is the point of the entire show. Just like spirituality, Christmas is meant to be personal, something that resonates with you. In his case, Charlie Brown is frustrated by the commercialism of the holiday and the loneliness that accompanies it. This is his struggle to find his place.

4. Snoopy.

There have been very few cartoon characters cooler than Snoopy. From his 2nd place finish in the holiday lighting competition for the display on his dog house to his ability to mimic the animals around the manger, his was a brilliant character that was nearly as human as his owner and his friends.

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Good grief.

5. Linus says no such thing. Maybe you’re thinking of Lyotard? There’s no relativity in his monologue, no wishy-washy spiritual-but-not-religious nonsense. His comment on the Gospel is simply this: “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Take it or leave it.

4. Love Snoopy, do you? Then you know he won First Prize in the neighborhood contest.

3. Did you watch it twice? This is a half-hour special.

2. Close. “Maybe it just needs a little love.” You might want to give it a third look. It’s “Schulz,” by the way.

1. The judges might have accepted this (it’s “Christmas Time Is Here”), but because this post was so shamelessly phoned in, to give you a break at this point would only encourage you in your contempt for the reader. So congratulations--you’re 0 for Christmas.


I agree. 

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