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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 11/18/10

Thursday, November 18, 2010

THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE MAKING OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS


   The annual airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas has become as much a part of Christmas as Santa and Rudolph.
   Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, Snoopy's decorated doghouse and Linus' classic recitation on the true meaning the season have become true baby-boomer Christmas icons.  Throw in Vince Guaraldi's classic soundtrack, and you have an animated special that has defined a generation.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas was not the first time the Peanuts characters were animated.  In the early 1960's they appeared in a series of commercials for the Ford Motor Company.
  • A Charlie Brown Chirstmas was conceived, written, animated and produced in only six months, and was finished only a week before the air date.  The first airing, on December 9, 1965, was sponsored by Coke.


  • A CBS executive who watched a preview was disappointed and declared the program, "A little flat....a little slow", and said he thought Peanuts was better suited for the comics page.  Ed Levitt, an animator who worked on the show was more percipient, however, declaring "A Charlie Brown Christmas will run for a hundred years"!
  • The children who sing the opening and closing songs, "Christmas Time is Here", and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", were chosen from a children's choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California.  The songs were recorded at Fantasy Records Studio in San Francisco.
  • The voice of Charlie Brown was provided by 8 year old actor Peter Robbins, who had previously appeared in over 35 television commercials, and had small roles in TV shows such as "F Troop" and "Get Smart".  Robbins continued to be the voice of Charlie Brown in 5 more Peanuts specials,as well as in the first Peanuts movie.  A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
  • The youngest voice in the cast was that of Sally, played by 6 year old Cathy Steinberg.  Because she couldn't yet read, when had to be fed her lines a few words at a time.




  • Vince Guaraldi was a San Francisco jazz musician.  Producer Lee Mendelson was driving across the Golden Gate Bridge when he heard one of Guaraldi's songs on the radio, and recruited him to write the music for the special.
  • The "voice" of Snoopy was provided by co-producer Bill Melendez.
  • The very first airing placed second in the ratings for it's week, behind Bonanza and ahead of such favorites as Red Skelton, Walt Disney and The Andy Griffith Show.
  • A writer for TIME magazine loved the show, calling it "refreshing and "special".  He also wrote, " A Charlie Brown Christmas,  is one children's special this season that bears repeating".
  • The 1965 airing won an Emmy Award for "Best Network Animated Special" and a Peabody Award for "Outstanding Children's and Youth's Program".



A LITTLE HELPING OF SOME INSPIRATIONAL THANKSGIVING QUOTES!


   Are you looking for "Thanksgiving quotes? Thanksgiving inspiration messages or sayings? Here is just a small collection of some of  some inspirational Thanksgiving quotes.
   Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated with a big turkey dinner shared with family and friends.  Oddly enough it is the most traveled holiday of the year and the perfect time to say "Thanks" and teach children the importance of being grateful for what you have.  The following Thanksgiving inspirational sayings are here for you to inspire your family this Thanksgiving.  So read though them and maybe ponder them in thought.  Maybe you could even use one of them when we say grace or our thanks before you eat a bountiful Thanksgiving feast.

  • "If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily". --Gerald Good
  • "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them".--John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • "Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow".--Edward Sandford Martin
  • "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving".--W.T. Purkiser
  • "Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way to live".--Jackie Windspear
  • "Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men, but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude".--E.P. Powell
  • "For flowers that bloom about our feet; For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; For song of bird, and hum of bee; For all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee"!--Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have".--Frederick Keonig
  • "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving".--W.T. Purkiser
  • "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow".--Melody Beattie
  • "Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way to live".--Jackie Windspear
  • "Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.  Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.  Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse".--Henry Van Dyke
  • "Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.  They re consumed in twelve minutes.  Half-times take twelve minutes.  This is not a coincidence".--Erma Bombeck
  • "An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day".--Irv Kupcine