A Charlie Brown Christmas

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@CoralLevang (37066)
United States
December 22, 2016 10:13pm CST
Today I was mentioning to @DWDavis that my favorite Christmas show was A Charlie Brown Christmas. It first came out in 1965, when I was only 10 years old. Charlie Brown was depressed during the holiday season. Even then, the show touched on the over-commercialism of Christmas. The music was my favorite, featuring a jazz score by pianist Vince Guaraldi. It is probably my favorite Christmas album ever. I just turned on the television (which I rarely watch), and lo and behold, I will be watching it for the next hour.
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@DWDavis (11151)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
23 Dec
Thank for the mention! I find it interesting how early you can find references to the over-commercialization of Christmas. It is mentioned in Miracle on 34th Street during the scene with Kris and Albert in the employee locker room, and that came out in 1947. Considering the modern Christmas we celebrate with Santa and such only came into being in the mid1800s, and was used commercially almost immediately, I find complaints about the over-commercialization of the holiday ironic.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
As do I. And people think that's a new phenomenon. It's why when people talk about the way things were in the old days, I have to laugh. And if you study philosophy, much of the complaints of today are the same as back that wasn't of years ago, it was just a little different in the topic. People Are People. And we don't really change much.
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@JohnRoberts (35889)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Dec
First off, I appreciate any mention of one of my all time favorite movies. Yes, Miracle very explicitly brought up the commercialism issue. Not just the scene with Albert but when the manager tells Santa what toys to push at the kids.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
@JohnRoberts not one of my favorite movies, but that scene was so appropriate to this topic.
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@JolietJake (37747)
23 Dec
I love all the old Charlie Brown specials, but the How the Grinch Stole Christmas...a yearly watching ritual for me. And the original, not that freakin' version that hit theaters several years ago.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
Those old ones certainly had a Simplicity that touched hearts.
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@JolietJake (37747)
23 Dec
@CoralLevang I've been eyeing a couple Vince Guaraldi albums, but haven't found one in the condition I want for the price I'm willing to pay
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
@JolietJake wow! I am impressed!
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@sharon6345 (100878)
• United States
23 Dec
I can't tell last I watched that show. It was nice when I was a kid. I am not interested in it these days. I just can't enjoy too much cartoons anymore.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
Maybe getting back to a bit of your childhood would bring back some enjoyment.
@sharon6345 (100878)
• United States
23 Dec
@CoralLevang When I get my winnie the pooh tattoo that is going to be it for me. I hope to get it next month.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
@sharon6345 good for you. Hope you get it as you want.
@theBlock (2471)
• United States
23 Dec
@CoralLevang I loved it as a kid, too. Although I never watched it as an adult---but that may change. Happy Holidays!
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
You, too. I'm sitting here and watching a whole lot of them that started. The original and now another.
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@theBlock (2471)
• United States
23 Dec
@CoralLevang I'm glad you're enjoying them. I think I'm gonna watch a bunch of Christmas reruns tomorrow. I had watched It's a Wonderful Life around 20 times
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
@theBlock Ugh. Don't care for that one. LOL I am trying to get my holiday spirit back. It's been a couple of decades gone. but I'll let you read the posts about that rather than rehash. LOL How have you been? Have missed you here.
@fluffysue (1430)
• United States
27 Dec
This is one of my favorites. I watched it when it was on this year, but only half-watched since I was online at the same time. I will have to get out the DVD and watch it (Christmas season is not over yet!) :)
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
27 Dec
@fluffysue You can celebrate year-round! Yay! I would watch it monthly if I had it!
@teamfreak16 (33398)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Dec
Greatest Christmas special ever made!
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
I agree
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@JohnRoberts (35889)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Dec
It's nice to wax nostalgic sometimes.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
I think we should have a mile at party where we all watch the same thing and wax nostalgic together
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@Happy2BeMe (61996)
• Canada
23 Dec
I watch it every year. It is also a favorite of my grand daughter's. No matter how old is get christmas just isn't Christmas without Watching Charlie Brown.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
That's a good tradition to have!
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@Platespinner (17573)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
23 Dec
That's one of the Christmas specials we usually try to watch every year.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
Well, I got to watch it last night and didn't even know it was on. I should turn my television on more often perhaps!
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@snowy22315 (31169)
• United States
23 Dec
I saw that on, but I have seen it many times. I watched the second Peanuts special though.
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@CoralLevang (37066)
• United States
23 Dec
I'm watching that one now.