The Peanuts characters have been an integral part of my holidays ever since I can remember, as well as for many Americans. Every year when the Charlie Brown specials come on TV, the family naturally gathers for the event. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” debuted in 1965, and it’s still welcome in our living rooms year after year.
Here are some of our favorite lines from the lovable characters in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”:
Charlie Brown: Stop the music! All right now, we’re going to do this play, and we’re going to do it right. Lucy, get those costumes and scripts and pass them out. Now the script girl will be handing out your parts.
Shermy: Every Christmas it’s the same. I always end up playing a shepherd.
Lucy: Pigpen, you’re the innkeeper.
Pigpen: In spite of my naturally outward appearance, I shall try to run a neat inn.
Linus: Gee. Do they still make wooden Christmas Trees?
Sally Brown: All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.
Lucy: You DO think I’m beautiful, don’t you, Charlie Brown?
Lucy: You didn’t answer me. You had to think about it first. Didn’t you? If you really didn’t have to think about it you would’ve answered me right away. I know when I’ve been insulted. I KNOW WHEN I’VE BEEN INSULTED.
Charlie Brown: Good grief.
Charlie Brown: I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn’t have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is all about.
Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo the angel of the Lord came down upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.” That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.
Linus: I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.