I love Charlie Brown. I just don’t like his friends. That’s what my daughter said to me.
I watched A Charlie Brown Christmas with my kids tonight. I watched it with new eyes, and a new perception. It’s so incredible to think this was made in 1965. I was born in 1971, so Snoopy and his pals were delighting kids before I was born.
The kids made some comments here and there about the animation. The characters, beloved by me, were not so loved by my children. It’s normal; they don’t know Chuck and friends like I do.
I think they were also shocked at how the word ” Stupid” was used repeatedly. I explained that kids then, like some kids today, do talk like that. It’s not nice or right; so we have to be better and uplift people, not tear them down.
My youngest asked me why the kids were bullying Charlie Brown and making him feel bad. I have to say I watched this classic Christmas special through their eyes; at times it was surprising for me.
My kids are so kind, compassionate and loving. It’s no surprise they picked up on poor Charlie Brown, who feels as though he never does anything right. It definitely opened my eyes to the fact that the Peanuts Gang has been treating each other badly for years!
I can’t say I’m happy about that, and perhaps that is why I always felt bad for Charlie. Even Snoopy was laughing at him. Good Grief right?
My son made me laugh at the part where Lucy is in her wood box. The sign reads Psychiatric Help. The doctor is in. She has a can for payment and she charges 5 cents per session.
She received a payment from Charlie Brown. All she was doing was shaking the can. ” Boy what a sound. How I love hearing that clank. That beautiful sound of cold hard cash. Nickels, Nickels, Nickels.”
My son giggled. “ Mom, when was this Charlie Brown Christmas special made?” I looked at him all cuddled beside me. “I watched it when was your age Ryan.”
” Oh well that’s why Lucy is so happy about 5 cents. Wasn’t that a lot of money a long time ago?” I smile and answer, ” Yes, yes it was.”
I think the kids were relieved to see that the Peanuts Gang really did love Charlie Brown. It’s not surprising.
Everyone loves Charlie Brown. I think seeing this Christmas classic through my children’s eyes, it made me love his character even more.