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Chasing The American Dream

December 06, 2005


OK all you self-proclaimed trivia buffs. Can anyone tell me what important historical TV event happened on December 9th, 1965? I’ll give you a hint. It’s holiday season-related. I’ll give you a minute to think about it…queue.. the Jeopardy music…

It’s one of my all-time favorite shows and some of the most entertaining 30 minutes (OK, maybe 22 net of commercials) one could ever ask for. I don’t think it matters what race or religion you are. You’re bound to enjoy it. I swear I’ve watched this classic every year since it’s been on; it’s got everything. Stage performances, dancing, an unbelievable soundtrack, humor, poignancy, impersonations, religion, chorus singing. Wow! Some show, huh?

Of course, I’m talking about the timeless classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. I don’t know what it is about that TV special that makes me laugh year after year. Perhaps all of the above. We all know the famous Charlie Brown Christmas song, the Vince Guaraldi piano instrumental known to us closet Peanuts fans as “Linus and Lucy.” I remember Snoopy’s animal imitations, the classic Christmas play scene where you’ve got some of the funniest dance moves ever seen, Shroeder’s 'Jingle Bells,' CB’s poor little tree, Linus’ Christmas speech, it goes on-and-on.

So tonight on your local ABC channel, gather the family and friends and make sure you catch this classic. I guarantee you’ll feel warm and fuzzy when it’s over.

EDITOR'S NOTE: TV Land named this memorable show #56 on the 100 most memorable TV moments of all-time.

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  • Damit PT, now I've got that feckin' Guaraldi song stuck in me bloody head.
    (I suppose it's better than that U2 crapola that lodged itself in my brain yesterday).

    STILL! I'm going around all day humming it.
    The horror...the horror...
    (actually, a note here: I am quite fond of the music in CB).

    By Blogger Bubbles, Ink., at 12:09 PM, December 03, 2004  

  • LX,

    Everyone should own the CB Christmas CD. Every song is, pardon the David Banya from Seinfeld tag line, "gold." The opening song "Skating" is brilliant with the images of kids skating and Snoopy horsing around.

    Trivia (hey, I can't help myself), Guaraldi had a billboard instrumental hit called "Cast Your Fate to the Wind." It was remade by a group called "Sounds Orchestral." Great song, my friend.

    By Blogger Plantation, at 1:18 PM, December 03, 2004  

  • A. You will now have all kinds of weird people visiting your site because you posted Guaraldi. I did, anyways.

    B. I have never watched CB Christmas. I did watch The Great Pumpkin this year, though, so maybe I'm on a roll.

    3. I have no third point, just wanted to make it look like I was smarted than I am.

    By Blogger Amy, at 1:48 PM, December 06, 2005  

  • Brings back memories PT... Thanks for bringing them back.

    By Blogger Sherri, at 1:56 PM, December 06, 2005  

  • That is next in queue on my Netflix list! I cant wait!!

    By Blogger Elle, at 4:12 PM, December 06, 2005  

  • I absolutly LOVE Charlie Brown Christmas~! I refuse to have Christmas without watching it at least once during the holiday season! I hope that you are doing well, miss ya! SO much has changed in the past year since I met you! :)
    some good, some bad...

    By Blogger just_because_i_have_to, at 10:14 PM, December 06, 2005  

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