Dec 23, 2009

Charlie's Christmas

Nothing like the melancholy, introspective Charlie to make us think about the essence of the season. It was Linus who gave the speech, but it was Charlie's emotional upheaval that led to the Christmas epiphany for the entire Peanuts gang. Watched A Charlie Brown Christmas with the kiddos this morning. Bear thinks Lucy "shouldn't be so mad all the time" but how can you not be amused by this precocious girl?

Lucy: I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want. I always get a lot of stupid toys or a bicycle or clothes or something like that.
Charlie: What is it you want?
Lucy: Real estate.

From Lucy to Snoopy and Sally... Charlie bemoans how no one gets that it is so depressing how commercialized Christmas has become and how it brings out the gimme-gimme sense of entitlement in people. The poor guy also thinks Christmas emphasizes that no one likes him.

Charlie: Thanks for the Christmas card you sent me Violet.
Violet: I didn't send you a Christmas card, Charlie Brown.
Charlie: Don't you know sarcasm when you hear it?

Oh Charlie... I always feel like giving you a hug. But it's Christmas after all, so Charles Schulz gives us the gift of a happy ending and lifted spirits.

I have to add, there's nothing like decorating our tree at home while playing that classic Vince Guaraldi soundtrack in the background. Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!


Barni said...

We've been watching so much of it on youtube lately (since I lost the copy Mark gave me for Christmas once before we were married). This is the Christmas of my childhood. Happy to know you share it too.

Nona said...

I LOVE Charlie Brown... my favorite existentialist. Haha! Schulz is a genius. Can't imagine Christmas without the DVD screening and Guaraldi's music....

Cely said...

I always loved Charlie Brown, too... even if I always felt sorry for him for the way the rest of the gang treated him ;-)

Nona said...

Hope you had a Merry Christmas Cely!

miri said...

I was watching this too with my lil fam christmas :-)

Nona said...

Another Charlie lover! Hope you had a good Christmas : )

Nona said...

Another Charlie lover! Hope you had a good Christmas : )