A Charlie Brown Christmas is the best Christmas program ever.

And I’ll have words with anyone who thinks otherwise.

There’s really no surprise that every year the same shows are shown during the Christmas season. Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch, The Little Drummer Boy and all those countless claymation half hour programs that hardly anyone pays any attention.

But the greatest of all of these, by far, is A Charlie Brown Christmas.

First of all, you’d think that Charlie Brown’s ‘everyman’ attitude would ease up a bit around the holidays and maybe be a little less depressing. But no, right from the start, he and Linus are there sitting on their brick wall discussing things no child should be discussing: consumerism and disillusionment.

You can practically copy and paste the conversation to any pseudo-intellectual, coffee-shop-hopping, black rimmed glasses and tweed wearing (because it’s ironic) hipster you see on the street.

Cause we all feel it at some point. The disillusionment that comes with the end of childhood for the holiday that used to be our favorite.

And for this cartoon to acknowledge that every year is a source of wonder to me. We still watch it, parody it, post the Linus speech on youtube.

Which is here by the way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKk9rv2hUfA&feature=related

And even me, being the disillusioned pseudo agnostic/Deist and former Christian that I am, tear up every time Linus starts the “lights please…”

If only for the childlike wonder of hearing the Christmas Story one more time. Thinking of Christianity before it became an institution, before televangelists, before schism, before apathy and accusation.

I love Christmas time and this stupid little cartoon because it makes me forget all those things and feel like a kid again. For about half an hour if I’m lucky.

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~ by atypicalsnowman on November 28, 2007.

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