Thanksgiving is a time of traditions, and for kids of the past few decades, one of the most beloved of them, besides the behemoth meal, is curling up in front of the television to watch the classic animated special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Created by master illustrator Charles M. Schulz and filled with all of his colorful Peanuts characters, this seasonal cartoon has delighted kids for over 35 years.
Charlie Brown is the kid that can never catch a break and, unfortunately, Thanksgiving is no different. Although he already has plans to visit grandma with his sister Sally, it seems that everyone else has invited themselves over to Charlie’s for dinner, and he isn’t exactly a gourmet chef. They thumb their nose at his offering of toast, pretzels, popcorn and jelly beans, while he almost misses his date with grandma. Luckily, grandma invites Charlie and his friends over to her place for a more traditional dinner, leaving Snoopy and Woodstock by themselves to gorge on a feast fit for a king.
First aired in 1973 on CBS, the annual special moved to ABC in 2000, along with the other Peanuts holiday favorites. Sometimes it airs directly on the holiday, and other years, a few days before. Either way, it is one of those cartoons we have come to expect each time the holiday season rolls around and, thankfully, continues to be passed down from generation to generation.
If you have fond memories of watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as a child, share your memories with us in our comments section. Meanwhile, join us as we express our heartfelt thanks to the late, great Charles Schulz for his endearing characters and refreshingly honest portrayal of holiday traditions in a way that continues to warm the heart with every viewing.