Fifty years of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Kaitlyn Steinhiser, News Reporter

ABC celebrated A Charlie Brown Christmas’s 50th anniversary by airing a special called It’s your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown! on November 30, 2015.

The special was hosted by actress Kristen Bell, who stated throughout the show that Charlie Brown was always a huge part of her childhood.

To start the show, clips from an old documentary starring Charles Schultz himself that was never originally aired. The haphazard creation of the special was described, and Schultz also discussed how it was difficult to fit a verse from the bible into the special. As those who have seen the special would know, the verse that Linus recites after saying the iconic line, “Lights, please,” did not cause much of a stir within the public.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were also featured, and they mentioned how Charlie Brown reminds viewers that even the tiniest of trees need love and can be great.

After that, there were several guest appearances from musicians who were all big fans of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Kristin Chenoweth, Broadway star who won a Tony for her performance as Sally in the musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, sang the song “Happiness.” Singer/songwriter, Sarah McLachlan performed “Christmastime is Here,” and Grammy-nominated acapella group, Pentatonix, sang their rendition of “Hark! The Harold Angles Sing.”

Throughout the special, clips were shown from different Charlie Brown specials to remind viewers that Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang make special appearances for nearly all holidays even though their comic strip no longer comes out with new material.

At the end of the special, Bell bid farewell to the animated Peanuts characters in the audience at the bottom of the screen and viewers across America and introduced the 50th showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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