50 Years – A Charlie Brown Christmas
Did you all know that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of our beloved Christmas cartoon we all usually watch every year. A Charlie Brown Christmas has been around for 50 years this Monday, November 30, 2015. It first aired December 9, 1965.
I grew up watching A Charlie Brown Christmas as child and teenager. I would always look forward to watching this every year. Even now as an adult, I look forward to watching.
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a good Christmas cartoon that tells us what Christmas is all about. I think one of my favorite scenes is when Linus tells about what Christmas is all about. Linus actually shares the Christmas story as found in Luke 2 in the Bible. If you notice, Linus puts down his security blanket has he shares the true meaning of Christmas with reverence. Linus knew where true security came from! (Click here to see that scene).
This show has a run time of about 30 minutes.
Charlie Brown lamented the commercialization of Christmas, was persuaded to direct the annual holiday pageant, and then helped a scraggly tree find a little love.1
If you ever watch the Peanuts you will see a lot of great philosophies within the characters especially one of the main characters Charlie Brown. I am sure no matter who we are, we can relate to at least one of the characters in the Peanuts crew.
Even the United States Postal Services (USPS) has issued the 50th Anniversary Charlie Brown Christmas forever stamps.
The late, Charles M. Schultz is the creator of the Peanuts characters we all love and adore.
This cartoon was written over a period of a few weeks and was animated on a shoestring budge that lasted only six months and it was even sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company with ABC holding the rights to broadcast this show.2
The 50th Anniversary will feature a retrospective of the 50 years since A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on TV. I am sure they didn’t know what to think when they first aired it. I am sure they didn’t think it would still be around today and being aired. This was a bold statement too, especially when it went to tell the true meaning of Christmas and it still is being aired. Even Charles Schultz once said, “There will always be a market for innocence in this country.”
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beloved PEANUTS animated tale, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Kristen Bell will host a special holiday retrospective, It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown. The anniversary special will celebrate 50 years of the iconic classic that has brought joy and a television watching tradition at the holidays for generations of fans. The unforgettable night will feature spectacular live performances, from the memorable music of Vince Guaraldi, to Kristen Chenoweth singing “Happiness” from the “Peanuts” Broadway hit, and a performance from Matthew Morrison of an original song, “Just Like Me.” Other amazing musical guests set to perform classic songs are Sarah McLachlan, Boyz II Men, Pentatonix, David Benoit and The All-American Boys Chorus. December 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Emmy-winning special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown! airs MONDAY NOVEMBER 30 8|7c on ABC.3