Last night I watched my all time favorite Christmas special. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is still gold standard in my humble opinion for quality Christmas fare, and it just isn't Christmas without watching Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of the holiday.
I watched it on VHS last night, as ABC broadcasted it back in late November and I missed it. They only show it once, and what's up with showing it in November? When I was a kid, CBS usually showed it about a week before Christmas (and it was always sponsored by McDonald's and York Peppermint Patties).
The soundtrack by the Vince Guaraldi Trio is still terrific to listen to (and I've even listened to it on CD in July). Watching the special always takes me back to my youth, watching it as Christmas was about to arrive, and I could wait for my presents. The special is watched by millions of kids around the world, and probably also by their parents, who like me, grew up with it.
Among my other favorite Christmas specials are: "Frosty the Snowman," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (the animated special with Boris Karloff, of course), "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer."But I will always love Peanuts, and especially "A Charlie Brown Christmas" above all the others.
God bless Charles Schulz, wherever he may be.