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I am an adult. But there is one thing I won’t give up from childhood and that’s watching the Charlie Brown-Peanuts specials on TV.
The first Peanuts special ever, and which I consider the best, airs tonight at 8 p.m. CST on ABC. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered in 1965 and has been a holiday staple ever since.
The plot is simple. Charlie Brown is trying to find the true meaning of Christmas in a world that is consistently commercializing it. And Charlie Brown may never win a baseball game or get the red-haired girl to fall for him, but he wins at the end of this one. And we all do.
Another part of the program I have always loved is the jazz soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi. It’s the first Christmas CD I get out every year.
Before “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown” airs at 7. A media report states that the special will have original music and Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison and Sarah McLachlan are scheduled to make appearances.