Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Or: Thanksgiving Is Over, So Christmas Has Already Started, Right?

So "A Charlie Brown Christmas" aired under a cloud, because it combined jazz with the perennial Christmas concern about the "true meaning" of the holiday. And now it's a holiday standard, up there with A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life.

Not a surprise, really; at least in hindsight. Jazz and fretting over what Christmas means are two American originals. (a subject I've written on so many times I have posts here, here, and here about it. And I still haven't touched on the point I thought I had made before. Oh, well, maybe this year....) Put them together, and voilá! Instant American holiday classic.

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