A SPECIAL THAT REALLY IS SPECIAL
December is the gruelingest month, the time when there seem to be more seasonal “specials” than regular shows on TV. But this Thursday… CBS will carry a special that really is special. For one thing, the program is unpretentious; for another, it is unprolonged (30 minutes). Finally, it represents the overdue TV debut of the comic strip Peanuts.
A Charlie Brown Christmas stars all the familiar Charles Schultz cartoon characters, … . The parable, too, is pure Schultz… . The voices of the characters… contribute to the refreshingly low-key tone… . A Charlie Brown Christmas if one children’s special this season that bears repeating.
–from “Security is a Good Show” Time, December 10, 1965
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition. You should have this book in your library.