“Dear Santa Claus, how have you been? Did you have a nice summer? How is your wife? I have been extra good this year—so I have a long list of presents that I want. Please note the size and color of each item and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: Just send money. How about 10’s and 20’s? […] All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.”
So besides the fact that when Sally Brown grew older (not necessarily up) she ended up living campaigning for Bernie Sanders…what makes A Charlie Brown Christmas still a timely Christmas tale?
For me it’s Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. It’s simple and plain, but it is perfect. Not flashy, not bright, but a symbol of the holidays chosen for the right reason, “it seems to need a home” “I think it needs me.”… Charlie Brown, in one of his few moments of being the voice of reason, sees that that all the foibles of the Peanuts cast need to be ignored and the simple reasons for the holiday, the simple joys and loves need to be embraced.