Things Only Adults Notice In A Charlie Brown Christmas

Things Only Adults Notice In A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas has become a bonafide
holiday staple. If you’re an adult who’s watched the show
multiple times, there are several details you may have noticed about this seasonal classic
that younger viewers likely miss. Let’s investigate. Just as Pig-Pen is perpetually surrounded
by dust clouds and Schroeder is almost always next to his piano, Linus is hardly ever seen
without his trusty blue blanket. He’s got it with him outside in the snow,
and inside during rehearsals for the Christmas play. “Linus, you’ve got to get rid of that stupid
blanket!” He’s quite clearly attached to the thing. Perhaps a little too attached. “You think you’re so smart with that blanket. What are going to do with it when you grow
up?” “Maybe I’ll make it into a sportcoat.” You can’t blame Linus for not wanting to let
the blanket go: It appears to be made of 100% pure magic. It gets dragged through the snow all day without
getting soggy, and even serves as a remarkably accurate slingshot. Wait, did he just ice-skate with his security
blanket in his hand? And now this is happening. Later on, Lucy tries to get him to put down
the blanket so that he can dress up like a shepherd for the Christmas play. That’s when Linus reveals that the blanket
can shapeshift, forming a perfect headdress complete with a band in the middle. Who manufactures this Swiss Army Security
Blanket? We simply must have one. A good chunk of A Charlie Brown Christmas
takes place at the local auditorium, where the Peanuts gang is getting ready to put on
a Christmas play. Charlie Brown is roped into the production
after he tells Lucy about his holiday depression, and she feels the play will help him get into
the holiday spirit. “Me? You want me to be the director of the Christmas
play?” “Sure, Charlie Brown. We need a director. You need involvement.” Charlie Brown eagerly leaps into his role
as director, but he can’t seem to get anyone to listen to him. Perhaps more importantly, no one seems entirely
clear on what play they’re even putting on. At one point, Lucy hands out scripts to various
kids for roles like “innkeeper” and “shepherd.” Obviously, this suggests a Nativity play … but
then she also asks Snoopy: “Can you be a sheep? How ’bout a cow? How ’bout a penguin?” Quite the menagerie, all told. To complicated matters further, Schroeder
keeps trying to score the play with upbeat jazz, and at one point, Lucy suggests herself
for a plum-sounding role: “What about the Christmas queen? Hmm?” So, is this some sort of highly conceptual,
staunchly avant-garde Nativity play? Is it a variety show? Does anyone really know? To our ears, it all sounds a tad bit unfocused. A Charlie Brown Christmas begins by focusing
on the titular character’s own lack of satisfaction with the holiday. He tells Linus, in no uncertain terms: “Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.” He also repeatedly complains that the holiday
has grown too commercial. His Scrooginess reaches dizzying new heights
when he sees Snoopy putting up a bunch of decorations on his doghouse. That’s when he realizes the beagle is decking
the halls for a Christmas light contest that’s promising a cash prize. “Oh no, my own dog gone commercial… I can’t stand it.” By the end of the special, we learn that Snoopy
not only entered the contest, but managed to win first place. We admit that Snoopy’s decorated doghouse
looks very charming… but we have a few concerns. He puts lights up all around the roof, hangs
a theoretically festive chain or two, and even tops it all off with a star. There’s nothing wrong with his decorations
per se, but it ultimately amounts to little more than a strand of lights and a couple
of baubles hanging around a doghouse. How did this doghouse win out over all those
suburban properties? Come to think of it, Charlie Brown’s neighbors
don’t appear to have put in much of an effort. Where’s everyone’s Christmas lights? Apart from the ultra-commercial Christmas
tree lot, it looks like people just weren’t feeling it that year. Maybe Charlie Brown had every reason to be
depressed. When the Christmas play rehearsals don’t seem
to be working, Charlie Brown makes a passionate plea: “Look, Charlie Brown — what do you want?” “The proper mood. We need a Christmas tree!” Lucy agrees and advises Charlie Brown to get
a great big aluminum Christmas tree. Charlie Brown and Linus subsequently head
to the tree lot, where they ultimately decide to take the scrawny real tree that remains
one of the most famous parts of the show. The whole point of the scene is that Charlie
Brown picks this little twig of a tree, which mirrors his own feelings about the season
… but when you look around at the rest of the lot, you may have some questions. It’s arranged like a traditional Christmas
tree lot, but it soon becomes clear that the tiny tree is the only real tree there. The rest are made of aluminum. “This really brings Christmas close to a person.” “Fantastic.” Setting aside the lack of real trees for a
moment, let’s ask the obvious question: Who’s selling aluminum Christmas trees outside where
it’s clearly been snowing? Snow is wet, and the trees are made of delicate
metal. Surely that would have messed up the merchandise,
no? When Charlie Brown brings the tiny tree back
from the lot and presents it to his friends, they call him names and full-on laugh at him. Then Linus makes a stirring speech, passionately
quoting scripture in the hopes of emphasizing the true meaning of Christmas. That’s when Charlie Brown decides to take
the tree home. He thinks he can convince everyone that they
were wrong to make fun of the tree so long as he can get the decorations right. Charlie Brown gives up after the tree nearly
breaks in half from the weight of just one ornament, but then the other kids come along
to help. Linus wraps his blanket around the base, and
the kids use all the decorations from Snoopy’s doghouse to fill out the rest of the tree. By the time the kids are done decorating with
all the lights and baubles, the tree looks like it’s grown about a dozen extra branches
and a whole bunch of extra needles. In fact, it looks like a completely different
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15 thoughts on “Things Only Adults Notice In A Charlie Brown Christmas

  1. Ugh! Charlie Brown Christmas. Liked it when I was four but it isn't funny and there are too many religious references and undertones. Linus telling us the true meaning of Christmas is the birth of a mythical baby is more than I care to bear to watch. I'll take How the Grinch Stole Christmas over Charlie Brown any day.

  2. Eh, oddball things indeed but I'm still more disturbed about 'Happy New Year Charlie Brown' where an adult teacher gives a class of 3rd/4th graders the book assignment of reading War and Peace.

    First off, what kind of dick teacher gives such an assignment at the end of the grading period, over a holiday break no less?

    Next up, according to Wikipedia, War and Peace is a 1200+ page novel/philosophical discussion that most would think is beyond what 3rd/4th graders would really be able to understand and write a report on, much less be able to sit through long enough to actually finish without nearly falling asleep after ten minutes.

    Lastly, unless I'm not remembering things correctly, how come Charlie Brown seems to be the only one of the kids that either got the assignment or bothered to actually do it? Linus was in the same class and I don't recall him saying much about it or even caring about it over the holiday break. I know it's been a while since I saw that special so I could be wrong about that part. Please inform me if I'm wrong about that and I missed something important.

  3. I never really thought of Linus's blanket being magical before. Since it served as the base of the tree,
    that could explain why the tree grew those extra branches and needles. The magic was transferred to the tree.
    Just a stupid thing to think about at the end of the video.

  4. Me thinks the "adults" who analyzed this had way too much time on their hands! Just sit back, shut up and enjoy the innocence of an amazing holiday special!

  5. Some things need to be left alone!!!
    most on the top of the list this particular Charlie Brown Christmas program I was watching it back in 1964 when I was 9 years old this program is absolutely magical two small children and like adults.
    But ripping it apart like this you ruin the soul of this show all together.
    Once you've seen this it'll never be the same.
    much shame on those who have ruined this wonderful wonderful 25-minute episode of Charlie Brown Christmas.
    Never ever ever let your children under the age of 10 or 12 see this YouTube episode ever.
    It will truly ruined Christmas in the holidays in their own minds at such a young age.
    Some things even cartoons need to be sacred and held away from so-called friendly criticism..
    Shame on looper for ruining this for millions of holiday loving children of all stripes and backgrounds…

  6. You're looking for logic in 'Charlie Brown'? There's a reason why there are no adults. It's supposed to be a kids' world where make-believe exists alongside real life. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy.

  7. Leave Charlie Brown & friends alone.
    they're living in a world of their own, not like ours.
    analyzing Snoopy is non-sense …Joe Cool😎

  8. I am guessing you guys had nothing else to do or u really wanted to screw with this classic. Very bad Looper Vid.. pretty sad..

  9. I loved this special as a child, and as an adult I've come to appreciate it on a whole new level. I always had tons of questions about those aluminum christmas trees! I remember asking my mom if we could get one, she said they don't exist, they're just pretend. I didn't believe her. I just looked it up, and it's totally a thing, popular through the late 60s. A vintage one, in box with the original color wheel light (shone up from under the tree with rotating colors) costs $225. Ouch!

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