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November 24, 2009

Giving Thanks

Linus: “We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice."

Peppermint Patty: “Amen.”

- From A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

I’m not sure exactly what this says about me, but one of my favorite aspects of the holiday season is watching Charlie Brown cartoons.

More specifically, I’m the member of the family who says “Hey, it’s October 3rd already – why haven’t we watched The Great Pumpkin yet?” As soon as the calendar turns to November, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving goes into heavy rotation in the DVD player – and once we all wake from our turkey comas on Thanksgiving weekend, one of the first things we do to mark the season is watch A Charlie Brown Christmas (which is still, hands down, the best Christmas special of all time – it’s not even a discussion.)

Predictably, dialogue from the cartoons has become a part our children’s lexicon. Between October and January, the lines fly quickly and frequently: “I got a rock” while trick or treating; “Well … I … uh … “ when talking on the phone; “My grandmother lives in a condominium” when driving to Grandma and Grandpa’s house; “It’s not such a bad little tree …” when strolling through a Christmas tree farm. Add about 30 more lines to the list and you get an idea of how we’ve been passing time around the house lately.

Even more appealing – to me, at least - is how Charles Schulz never lost track of the message amidst the festivities. The cartoonist often referred to Linus as the conscience of the Peanuts strip, and that’s never more apparent than in the Christmas special, when the blanket-clutching philosopher recites Scripture from the Gospel of Luke. (This shouldn’t shock you, but I wrote a whole post about that clip once.)

A similar scene takes place in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, when Linus reminds us of the origin of the holiday:

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. If you need us, the kids and I will be enjoying an early meal of pretzels, toast, jellybeans, and popcorn before heading over to Grandma’s house.


Gretchen 11/25/09, 8:42 AM  

Love the Peanuts, love the incessant line-quoting, love Linus! We always, ALWAYS picked the "Charlie Brown tree" when I was a kid, because it just needed a little love.
Happy thanksgiving, kid.

mindy 11/25/09, 7:06 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving Donald. That Linus knew what was going on - great words.

Darrell 11/25/09, 8:43 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pretzels, toast, jellybeans and popcorn? Huh? Sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy!!

Dave 11/26/09, 10:44 AM  

Donald, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Keeping writing...because I will keep reading.

triguyjt 11/26/09, 7:14 PM  

Hope your day was awesome.... pretzels, jellybeans and turkey!!!!

Rainmaker 11/28/09, 8:27 PM  

Jelly Beans as a meal? That's what I've been missing all these years.

Peace, Karen 11/30/09, 10:31 AM  

Love this! The Charlie Brown specials mark the holidays for my family, too. The DVDs are put away all year and only brought out for month of each holiday. The kids and I look forward to them all year!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


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