A good man

Merry Christmas Anniversary, Charlie Brown!

Your unforgettable holiday special marks its 45th year on television with this year’s broadcast on ABC.

I can’t remember a Christmas without the Peanuts gang (although clearly there were a couple).  All the kids skating on the pond.  The Christmas play.  Snoopy’s uber-decorated dog house.  The sad little tree that ‘just needs a little love.’  Those funny round heads singing “Hark the Herald Angels.”

When I started working at Hallmark many moons ago, my first assignment was editing Peanuts cards.  In the world of greeting cards, Snoopy is the perfect spokes critter.  He can say or do anything, speak on behalf of any occasion or holiday, wear everything from a space suit to a Hawaiian lei.

If there was a Snoopy card in a category, it was usually the top seller.

Charles Schulz was pretty awesome, too.  When I was volunteering for a humane shelter in Kansas City, he donated an original piece of signed cartoon art for our holiday silent auction.  All I had to do was ask.

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

3 responses to “A good man

  1. Very cool! Do you still edit Hallmark cards or write your own? I have to admit…I’m not sure if I’ve actually seen the Charlie Brown Christmas special ALL the way through…I’ve just seen random clips here and there. I probably should run out and grab a copy! Happy holidays!

  2. I watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” since its inception. And my kids have watched it and I STILL watch it! When they sing the “loo loo loo” to “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” at the end, it always brings a tear to my eye for some reason. I’m just a mush.

    This will always be a classic.

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