When I heard, last month, that the Charlie Brown holiday specials were being moved from network television to a streaming platform I cannot access, I was a little concerned.

And, no, don't say, "It's only a TV show." Because A Charlie Brown Christmas is way more than just a TV show to me. It's an intrinsic part of my holiday celebration. Along with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated one...ALWAYS the animated one), it is a HUGE player in my being in the Christmas spirit. For one thing, the iconic special is a month OLDER than me. So it has literally been a Christmas standard my entire life.

But now I can breathe much easier since the VERY wise decision was made to make it available to everyone who wants to see it. And who DOESN'T at Christmas?

(No, seriously, who doesn't?)

For five-plus decades, I have tried to master ANY of those dances we see in the scene at the Christmas play rehearsal, but to no avail. And I'll NEVER be able to play the piano like Schroeder. It's 30 minutes of living vicariously in a classic hand-drawn, Charles Schulz world. And I have to have it.

And now I will have it AND without commercial interruption, since the animated classic will air on PBS and PBS Kids.

Deadline.com tells us to watch for the Peanuts gang December 13th at 6:30 Central on both of those networks. And if you dig A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, that will air on November 22nd at the same time.


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