Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The other night we watched the 1965 classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. I think in watching it with my wife and daughter that it could be the start of a new tradition.

There are definitely some "classic" scenes including the classic charlie brown Christmas tree, and his personal frustrations with the commercialization of Christmas.

I enjoy these sentiments presented in the uniquely Charlie Brown way, and the unabashed presentation of Jesus' birth, especially with Linus' bible quoting the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 2:8-14).

Yet at the same time, this 55 year old special also lacks some modern sparkle and plays out much like it's Sunday morning counterpart, so needless to say it wasn't as engaging as I would have hoped.

Something I never really picked up on as a child was all the references to the aluminum Christmas trees, something that clearly dates this special as a creation of the 1960s. Perhaps it was Charlie Brown's negativity towards these metallic creations that made them shortly become extinct.

I don't know if we'll hit up this special again next year, but I must say I'm glad to have rewatched it.

1 comment:

Lorna said...

Didn't like it then, don't like it now, and have never understood why. Pretty much everybody else seems to like it, but it just irritates me.