A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of those seminal programs for several generations, and with good reason. With a great mix of comedy and a poignant story that doesn't become preachy, the Charlie Brown Christmas special is a seminal piece of Americana: So much so that any time someone sees a small, lacking tree that we call it a "Charlie Brown tree."
A Charlie Brown Christmas is aired every year, along with greats like Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Raindeer and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Unlike contemporary political correct faire, A Charlie Brown Christmas remembers the Christian origins of the holiday and makes it a point to remind the audience.
The animation may be dated, and the Christian message may not be for everyone, but the product is a classic for a reason: It has a great heart and wide appeal. And, in case you missed it on TV Monday, I present it for your enjoyment below.
Check back on Thursday for my next holiday suggestion: Two alternative TV Christmas specials (Here's a hint: One of the characters doesn't die).