A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Famed cartoonist Charles M. Schulz is interwoven into many of our collective holiday traditions, thanks to a series of beloved animated television specials featuring the Peanuts characters from his iconic comic strip. For Turkey Day, he gave us plenty of food for thought in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. For over 40 years now, families have gathered around the TV to watch this beloved and timeless cartoon.

Charlie Brown is the kid that never caught 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 as a result of their invasion.

Luckily, grandma, being the kind soul that she is, invites Charlie and his friends over to her place for a more traditional dinner spread, 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, our heartfelt thanks to the late, great Charles Schulz for his endearing characters and honest portrayal of holiday traditions in a way that continues to warm the heart with every viewing.

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  1. Andy says:

    I remember watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as a kid! And I also remember making toast for myself because I was watching Charlie Brown do it. My mom wwould be like “Andy, you just had dinner a few hours ago, why are you making toast?” Good times.

  2. tcoria says:

    i love charlie brown, and i have been watching all the specials since i was a kid. snoopy is my favorite character of all time. i adore him.

  3. jennifer harris says:

    I loved The Charlie Brown specials.

  4. Unfortunately, ABC has gratuitously edited this (and 1972’s You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown) special for alotted time! Several other Peanuts specials which fell by the wayside have been resurrected in the late 1990s on The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon…and recently on DVD.

  5. Sparkina says:

    I remember this! I kind of thought P-Patty needed to go rent some manners when she slammed on Charlie for his junk-food smorgasbord

  6. Amy says:

    My favorite part is when Snoopy is fighting with the chair and it decides to fight back. I still laugh at that!

  7. john says:

    I love those Charlie Brown specials, as I can relate to Charlie Brown. I really enjoy the music heard in some of the holiday specials. I thought it was funny during the Easter special when the department store was getting ready for Christmas and dispayed a huge sign saying 200 some odd days till Christmas. Even for the dissapointments of the Valentine and Christmas specials that poor Charlie Brown went though, we all can relate to going through the same things and having similar experiences. Great memories.

  8. Mitch says:

    Thank you for this! I was 8 in 1973 and I’m 48 now, but when I see this, I’m a kid again.

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