I was a big Charlie Brown fan as a kid. And I do mean BIG. I had at least 30 Charlie Brown books and the complete set of Charlie Brown ‘Cyclopedias. I suspect I related to him in many ways, ways that went beyond my inability to kick a football, and though while Snoopy came more and more to the forefront, my primary interested was in “Chuck” (as Peppermint Patty always referred to him), the lovable loser.
Holly’s mom dropped of some of her old stuff the other day, which included this book/record combo A Charlie Brown Christmas. I’m not even sure if they make stuff like this any more, the little 7″ record that tells the same story as the book so you can follow along (adults once again tricking kids into learning!), but I remember having a handful of them too. This one dates from 1977, which is about right for both of us – we would have been little kids who still believed in the Christmas spirit.
We inaugurated a new tradition last night, the Christmas Eve playing of A Charlie Brown Christmas while enjoying a cocktail. The story actually covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Charlie Brown is bummed about the commercialization of Christmas, goes to Lucy for advice, gets named the director of the Christmas play, buys a sad looking little Christmas tree for which he is ridiculed, and tries to decorate the tree anyway but screws it up before his friends decorate it and wish him a Merry Christmas. There’s also a part of the play where Linus delivers a pretty heavy religions Christmas sermon of sorts, something you’d probably be less like to find in something like this today.
All in all it was a pretty fun trip down memory lane, albeit a short one. So with that, I wish all the Life In the Vinyl Lane readers a hearty “Happy Holidays,” regardless of which holiday you do or do not celebrate!