“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the first animated television special based on the popular newspaper comic strip, Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, and the first Christmas special for the franchise. This December will mark the 50th anniversary of the Emmy-winning special, which first premiered in 1965. It was produced and directed by Bill Melendez, who also supplied the voice of Snoopy; and Executive Producer Lee Mendelson. The synopsis: ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but Charlie Brown, feeling that Christmas message is lost amid all the seasonal glitter, has the blues. Psychiatrist Lucy suggests a cure: get involved with the Christmas play! When our hapless hero sets out to find a Christmas tree to use as a stage prop, he unknowingly takes a step toward discovering the holiday’s true meaning. The scraggly tree that thrives on a “little love” and a timely assist from Linus make the message of the season come shining through. The TV specials air on the ABC network leading up to the Christmas holiday.
I loved this, so much that it is still an annual event in my home. We were so excited for The Peanuts Movie and when we saw it, we were not disappointed. A Peanuts show for the new generation, we said!
Teleflora has created some holiday bouquets in honor of the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. What a perfect gift to send to your friends this holiday! Here are two of my favorites:
Snoopy’s Cookie Jar by Teleflora (Available on Teleflora.com for $59.95) Snoopy! He’s the Flying Ace, Joe Cool and Charlie Brown’s beloved beagle and confidante. An ode to his decorated doghouse from the TV special, this holiday bouquet is a collector’s dream. Featuring the frisky beagle himself asleep atop his iconic red doghouse, the FDA-approved container doubles as a cookie jar for storing Christmas (or canine) cookies for seasons to come. Rich red and white blooms complete with greens, pinecones, and holiday ornaments make the perfect gift for your most cherished and loyal friends and family.
“Christmas time is here. Happiness and cheer.” Who can forget the magical opening of the TV special with the adorable Peanuts gang singing and ice skating on a frozen pond? This hand-painted ceramic mug capturing Charlie Brown joyfully ice skating with his best furry friend, Snoopy, comes overflowing with rich red and white blooms, holiday greens, and red ornament balls. Topped off with candy cane striped ribbon, this over-sized mug is FDA-approved, microwave and dishwasher safe. Everyone on your list will appreciate this nostalgic gift that can be filled with your favorite hot cocoa to enjoy by a warm fire long after Santa and the flowers have been enjoyed.
Surprise someone of my generation with a Snoopy floral display for Christmas this year. Those fond memories will be enjoyed year after year with the mug or the cookie jar and the flowers will brighten any home with holiday love. Merry Christmas!
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