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The classic tale "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was written by the late Charles M. Schulz. It has aired at least once each Christmas season for almost fifty years. Many people feel that their Christmas season isn't complete until they watch it at least once.

The show begins with a depressed Charlie Brown. He is overwhelmed by the many details of the Christmas season. The abundance of presents, cards, and decorations seem nice but also empty at the same time. Even Snoopy, his dog, is trying to win money by decorating his doghouse. Charlie goes to see his friend, Lucy, for advice. Lucy thinks that Charlie just needs to be involved in something to get his mind off of things. She suggests that he should be the director of the children's Christmas play. Charlie reluctantly agrees.

The kids decide that their play needs a Christmas tree to spice it up. They send Charlie Brown out to get one. Linus goes with him. All of the trees that Charlie and Linus find are bright colored and fake. Charlie is even more distraught until he finally notices a tiny little Christmas tree. It exactly looks more like a branch than a tree but Charlie buys it anyway and takes it back to the kids. The kids laugh at Charlie Brown's poor choice.

Charlie is even more depressed and screams out, "Does anyone really know what Christmas is all about?" Linus responds and calmly proclaims the true meaning of Christmas from the Bible. Charlie feels better when Linus finishes and takes the little tree home to decorate it. He wants to show the other kids that his choice was a good one after all. When he hangs a shiny Christmas ball on it, the tree flops over and Charlie Brown thinks he killed it and runs off.

The kids come by and actually start feeling sorry for the little tree. Linus wraps his blanket around it and the other kids decorate it. Linus pronounces that it just needed a little love. The little tree ends up looking beautiful and the kids, including Charlie Brown, all sing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing." In a world of Christmas commercialism, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" sings with simplicity and love.

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  • Charlie Brown, depressed by the commercialism of Christmas and because he doesn't get any Christmas cards, becomes the director of the gang's Christmas pageant. Can he overcome his gang's preference for dancing instead of acting, find a good Christmas tree, and the true meaning of Christmas?

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