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‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Will Energize Your Christmas Spirit

Charlie Brown and Linus discuss the true meaning of Christmas. Photo: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059026/

Charlie Brown and Linus discuss what Christmas is all about. Photo: peanuts.wikia.com

As an avid reader of the “Peanuts” comic strip, I can vouch for how A Charlie Brown Christmas accurately portrays the traditional characterization of Snoopy, Charlie, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty and Sally. A short, 30-minute film created in just six months, A Charlie Brown Christmas explores the true meaning of Christmas.

The producers believed that the music, pacing and animation were not of a high enough quality to ensure success, however A Charlie Brown Christmas won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award, and the soundtrack went triple platinum. This year marks the film’s 50th anniversary.

The story finds Charlie Brown depressed at Christmas, and he expresses his dismay over the commercialization of Christmas to his buddy Linus. Charlie Brown decides he needs to get more involved in Christmas, so he visits Lucy at her psychiatric booth, and she tells Charlie Brown that he should put on a Christmas play. To spice up the play and make the kids a little more interested, Charlie Brown decides that he needs a Christmas tree. After he finds a small sapling at the market, he deliberates with Linus over whether it will suit the play, but Charlie ultimately concludes that it will work just fine.

He brings the small tree back to rehearsal only to be laughed at by his peers for picking such a skimpy Christmas tree. After all, the charm and magnificence of decorations and the tree are what defines the best Christmas, right? After being humiliated, Charlie Brown begins to wonder about the true meaning of Christmas. Linus explains to Charlie by quoting from the Bible: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men… that is what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” After meeting with Snoopy, the play members decorate the little tree for Charlie, and they all join in humming “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

A Charlie Brown Christmas”will certainly warm your heart as the “Peanuts” gang explores the real meaning behind Christmas. The soft colors behind the simple animation lends a feeling of Christmas; it is warm and peaceful. The music provides a certain calming backdrop as well. Although the crux of the film is centered around Christianity, the movie still offers valuable lessons. I definitely recommend the movie if you are looking for a refreshing classic to watch while relaxing during the holiday break.