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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Tonight we watched Charlie Brown's Christmas, snuggled up on the couch as the snowflakes drifted from the dark sky outside.
Do you remember when you were a kid, and you would study the tv guide, circling the Christmas specials to make sure you didn't miss them. The anticipation, as always, better than the event itself. Then came the VCR. We didn't immediately buy one. We'd rent it for special occasions from Ron's TV and Video. For New Year's Eve and Birthdays or sleepovers. Then we bought one, but Beta, of course. After all, it was Sony and the salesclerk assured my father that was the way it was going to go. But, alas as you know, no. Then DVD and now the technology is moving at a faster and faster rate. I find myself feeling like Charlie Brown. Something's wrong, you have to seek out the magic.
We live in a woodsy area, outside the city. So natural and beautiful, and easy to keep the magic. We make magic. We don't own the movie, we waited for it to come on tv, telling our son when it would be on and letting him stay up late to see it. He was more excited than he ever would have been if we simply had the DVD on our shelf for him to pull off whenever he wanted. He laughed the deep belly laugh, like Snoopy.
And I still get a thrill watching those characters dance on stage. I think (in North America anyway) that when anyone says you dance like a Charlie Brown character, you immediately get that image. You know, you see it; who was your favourite?

  1. Blogger jake said:

    kudos to canada

    i plan on moving out of the us when i get the chance. I was really exited when i heard a motion was being made to have VT secede from the union, but it never went through

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Hello Jake;
    Welcome to my blog and thanks for dropping by! I feel terribly sorry for Americans because of your current political situation and the mess GW has gotten you into. Your country is a great one, full of great people. It has recently gone astray. Be one of the leaders that will bring it back again. Canadians are facing an upcoming election and if the conservatives get in, we could be in much the same position as you are now. Hear that Canadians; don't vote conservative (my opinion, of course, but my opinion also happens to be correct:)

  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    What a great way to spend the evening. I used to and a STILL do love the Christmas specials.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Color tv didn't arrive in Australia till 1975ish. We used to have a B&W tv. I always used to wtch the kids christmas cartoons and christmas movies, without fail...loved them! I still watch all of them, infact i bet could recite half of them!
    Wonderful post Cathy, very reminisant :o)

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    I think that is great! It really does make it so much more special when Christmas comes and you catch the shows on t.v.

    You know Rudolph has always been my favorite and I have never bought the DVD for the same reason.

    Glad you had such a wonderful evening with your family.

  1. Blogger Marel Lecone said:

    For me, I always like Linus. His softness of character--I was always loved that. I always felt bad that Charlie Brown got so frustrated and that Lucy! :)

    As for watching the movies on tv, I never know what's on . . . so I'm bound to miss it. I guess I will have to get the DVD. :)

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    i love Linus. i love his comfort blanket and his philosophical ways.

    What a warm, lovely evening. going to find that DVD now, sorry Cathy!

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Poor Charlie Brown, always getting the rough end of the stick. He could never win. I love Snoopy, though, particularly when he does his twirly dance.
    Love your post, Cathy, got me thinking.
    Take care,

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Perhaps The Grinch will be nest on the list...

    Wow, things have changed quickly for you!

    Rudolph is one of my favourites, too.

    We have several Christmas DVDs, we have jmust held off on buying a couple.

    My son loves Linus, too. They share a blankie in common, so he is my son's hero. And he restores the Christmas spirit in the gang of friends. We have loads of Christmas DVDs; no apologies!

    My son feels badly for Charlie Brown; but it all works out in the end. Snoopy dancing is the best!

  1. Blogger lady miss marquise said:

    It's the Christmas specials I really miss, especially Charlie Brown and Rudolph.

    I'm getting all nostalgic for Canadian Christmas now ;o)

    And I hear you about the Conservatives, I've been following the Canadian political situation for a while and am happy to say my friends and family will not be voting for them!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    In your case, perhaps you should go out and buy a couple of Christmas DVDs! As soona s you are feeling better, go out and get a couple and then roll up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate. As I said on your blog today, I didn't know you were Canadian, and I am so glad your family is not voting conservative!

  1. Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said:

    It's so wonderful to watch this every year. Hard to believe it is 40 years old. I love the sweetness of it all.


  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Dr. Deb;
    I actually thought of you as I was watching the part with Lucy behind her phyciatrist desk; too funny!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Forgot to add...Trust me, I won't be voting Conservative.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    You just got me thinking..Im co-dependant and I think I was back then in the early yrs watching CB...I felt so bad for him at times..lol

  1. Blogger ziggystardust73 said:

    yay for Canada! Terrence and Philip ROCK.

    ps. my favourite character was Linus. I still carry my blanket around with me at 32 years of age.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Linus is the one we all stive to be like, but don't we have Charlie Brown and Lucy tendencies, unfortunately!

    Terence gave me a hard time a few years back so we don't speak any more. Philip is getting married soon but he's still the same old annoying introvert.

    Is your blankie blue like Linus'?

  1. Blogger vani said:

    what a perfect night- at home, cozy watching the specials with the fam. :)

    i remember the Beta too! lol and my fav would have to be Linus too, I always though Lucy was somewhat of a bitch..haha.

    oh, and love the pics below too.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    It's so much more magical when it comes on TV. I completely missed it this year. I don't think I'd buy the DVD either, but the CD is one of my favorite Christmas CDs (except for the singy track).

    And I'm getting snow on Friday? Uh-oh, I'd better go look at the weather.

  1. Blogger No_Newz said:

    We watched last night too! The twin girls with the purle shirts who do the side-to-side beebop have always been my favorites. My sister Angie and I always did their movements as our Christmas happy dance. :)
    Lois Lane

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    Snoopy, I dance exactly like Snoopy.

  1. Blogger angel, jr. said:

    You know, another blogger wrote about the coming of the VCR. It must be a thought now, especially because I've seen all those "specials" available on DVD. I think they should be left to be viewed seasonally only.

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    I like Snoopy - but Linus is a close second. I used to carry a blanket around like him. LOL.

    I didn't watch the special last night. Why do they put these things on so late? My kids are in bed before 8 pm.

    I totally remember circling things in "the guide". LOL.

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    You're 100% right! It's ALWAYS better to wait for it to come on TV. I do the same thing every year for "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" (the one with Alistair Sim) . I don't ever want to own then. I just wait for them to come on

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Yeah! Another non-conservative!
    Co-dependent is not a negative; it means you care for people, including CB:)

    One more vote for Linus:)

    I haven't checked the forecast since, but ours has been modified; perhaps no snow after all; we'll have to see.

    Yeah for the dancing twins; love love the CB dancers.

    Not that, I would like to see.

    Whose blog was that, I would like toread it.

    My son still takes a nap and there is no way to get him in bed before 8pm. He is simply wide awake. I am sure we will be paying for his late night last night tonight.

    You are my new best friend; Say it again; "100% right"; can;t hear that too many times in one day!:)

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    My family Christmas tradition is A Christmas Carol. I've seen both the black and white and the 'new' colourized version - I think the colour version came out in the early Eighties. Alistair Sims rocks as Scrooge.

    DVDs don't ruin the magic of Christmas specials. They allow you to watch them without the constant commercials. All you have to do is pack seasonal DVDs with the Christmas decorations.

    I think technology has spoiled this generation a little. Watching a DVD now is like watching any TV show, kids see it as a right, not a privilege.

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