Tuesday, December 08, 2009

 

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown

Quite by accident I caught most of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special tonight. I've watched this so many times throughout my life. I never understood the whole aluminum tree lot thing. Why were they being sold outside like live trees? Why was the only live tree the "Charlie Brown Christmas Tree"? Of course all it takes is a bunch of kids waving their hands up and down to turn the almost dead tree into the coolest tree ever.

It is debatable which is more popular, the Christmas special or "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!" Strangely enough both specials have completely contradictory messages. When Charlie Brown yells, "Can anyone tell me the true meaning of Christmas?!" Linus steps into a gospel monologue about the arrive the "The King". But the message of the Halloween episode is "faith is stupid". That same Linus is mocked by everyone for his belief in the Great Pumpkin. So Christmas is for faith but Halloween is for skeptics.

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