new experience #37: watch “a charlie brown christmas”

on the twelfth day of december...

i know!!! who gets to be my age and hasn’t seen this christmas classic?? i am chagrined.

pause to reflect: we watched oodles of christmas specials, when we were kids: frosty, rudolph, grinchie…all these, and more, were holiday favourites. but never charlie brown! [i can only surmise my parents were not cb fans??]. and in school, in those final, high-energy days before christmas holidays, weary teachers would play christmas cartoons for the class – somehow, my teachers did not include charlie brown in the mix. [tangent: i do know the supporting characters – linus, lucy, snoopie, et al because i had a peanuts jigsaw puzzle when i was little].

so here we are, christmas 2011, and it’s time to see what “a charlie brown christmas” is all about.

dad pvr’d this classic for me last week (i fear mom and dad are going to start charging me an admission fee -> lotsa tv time at their place already this month! i’m thinking of pitching a tent in front of their home theatre system, and just watching all tv specials all the time).

friday eve, i snuggled into comfy sweats (not quite as cosy as the pajama sleepers with feet that we had as kids), and trundled over to the ‘rents.

all we were missing was the popcorn!

the eve’s tv viewing agenda: a charlie brown christmas and how the grinch stole christmas. might as well add on my favourite christmas show ever, while i’m already plopped in front of the tv!

we started with charlie brown.


right from the opening scenes and song (i DID recognize the song) i enjoyed it. what a delightful little story! we all laughed out loud, even, from the cuteness! i esp appreciated the inclusion of the biblical christmas story – that is rare, nowadays, and was interwoven into the storyline very effectively. also, the simple anti-commercialism and true-meaning-of-christmas messages are good reminders for kids.


my favourite character? lucy!


we all laughed at her bossiness and take-charge attitude…because i am lucy, lucy is me! at the end of the 30 minutes, i was all full of warm fuzzies. add a charlie brown christmas to my list of annual must-watch shows. i’d love to watch it with little e! she’d be all over the singing, dancing, and acting.


next, dad queued up the grinch…except he pvr’d the jim carey movie instead of the boris karloff cartoon! oops! luckily, grinchie is being shown about 37 times between now and xmas, so we are all set to tape it again, tonight.

and…i finished mitten #2 during charlie brown!

perfectly pumpkin-y!

it’s official: christmas knitting is finit-o.

i think.

what is your favourite christmas special? there was one the brother and i loved when we were kids called emmett otter’s jugband christmas that i have not seen on tv for years. on the other hand, i have adamantly refused to watch the little drummer boy for about 30 years – it is way too sad when the little lamb gets run over – i can’t handle it. in our teens, we started watching this version of a christmas carol, starring george c scott, or this musical version featuring albert finney, every year!

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  • Lisa  On December 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I haven’t watched christmas movies in a few years, but now I want to!

    I think my favorite was the Muppets Christmas (can’t remember the name). We did watch all the standard ones though–rudolph, frosty, charlie brown… I love the associations/memories that come with watching those shows again!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      oh, you must, you must, lisa!! make joe or matthew watch with you…you may have better luck with matthew?!! i don’t think i ever saw muppets christmas, either! i have some more catching up to do! yes – can’t you just totally picture what you were wearing, who you were watching with, where the tv was, etc, when you think back to watching these specials when we were kids!

  • Gina Unger  On December 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    glad you liked the cb special. maybe jeff and i will “see it thru new eyes” if we watch it with our kids… and change our minds about cb? i’ll keep ya posted. no guarantees.
    totally agree with you about “little drummer boy” and the lamb part. don’t like it.
    LOVE the cartoon grinch! can’t wait for thursday when that little picture comes out of our family advent calendar! we’ll be watching it every day, all day, till xmas after that!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      yes!! i DO think you should give cb another chance! the cuteness surpassed my expectations! i’d love to hear your thoughts if/when you watch the xmas special this year. i love how you do advent activities as a family. grinchie is just appealing to all ages. i’d be in for watching it every day til christmas!

  • Dorry  On December 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I love Charlie Brown Christmas! And I watched all of those same Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, etc. growing up. We loved them, and it brings back so many great memories. When my sister had my 1st niece (over 7 years ago now!), I bought the whole Charlie Brown holiday collection. The Great Pumpkin might be my favorite.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      ah!!! thanks for telling me about the holiday collection!! wow, i am getting an idea of what to get my nieces some time! so glad you have fond memories of these wonderful classics! maybe you’ll be able to do some holiday viewing with your extended family!

  • Zo  On December 12, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Emmett Otter rules! Just thinking about the River Bottom Nightmare Band parts makes me laugh!
    I’m not sure which special it is, but the one with snow miser and heat miser was a favorite. They used to show it at my college and the singing misers part was the highlight!
    Glad you enjoyed cb Christmas, Cathy. It is definitely a 70s childhood classic.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

      yea! you know emmett otter, too!! when i googled the name for this blog post, i was suprised to learn that it was a jim henson product – i didn’t realize that, back in the day. yes, i feel much more “in tune with the times” (or in tune with the 70s?!) now that i’ve seen charlie brown! i’ll have to check out the hallowe’en special next year!

  • Johanna B  On December 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Yesterday I watched the CMA Christmas special. All that good music (I like country). They didn’t shy away from making it Christmas (the real Christmas not the commercial, although they had some of that, too). I wish I could have recorded it to play over and over.

    I haven’t seen Charlie Brown Christmas in years but I watched it every year when I was younger.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

      oh, i bet some of the renditions of classic christmas songs were just beautiful for the CMA christmas special. there’s a faith hill song that i have heard a few times on the radio this year that i really like. so glad you enjoyed the music, johanna!

  • Stephanie  On December 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Awwww…I LOVE Charlie Brown Christmas! It’s so sweet and happy and sad at the same time. My favourite Christmas cartoons (as an adult) are Charlie Brown and the Grinch. (But NOT Jim Carrey’s movie. Ptooie.) When I was a kid I loved Rudolph (but I can’t stand it now…the voices drive me crazy). Frosty always kind of scared me. I also loved, loved, loved Twas the Night Before Christmas, the one with the mice trying to save Christmas. I haven’t seen that one since I was 17. And I cried at the end. Everytime I see a display of Christmas movies, I look for that one, but no luck. I also used to like THe Christmas Racoons.

    Congrats on finishing those mittens!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

      maybe you could find twas the night before christmas online?? or maybe you’ll just luck out in some time – keep searching! interesting that frosty was a bit scary. rudolph was never a fave for me because the abominable snowman scared me (or was he in frosty?). hope you get to watch charlie and grinchie at some point this year!

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