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.”