Every family has their own special Christmas traditions, but chances are that you’re one of the millions of Americans that tunes in to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas each year.
The first of nearly 50 Peanuts television movies, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted 50 years ago on December 9th, 1965, reaching an audience of nearly 15 million homes. Initially an advertising machine for Coca-Cola, the holiday special was an instant hit and has been played on TV annually every year since. Only 25 minutes in length, the movie features its title character Charlie Brown feeling dismayed by the commercialism of the holiday season, searching instead for the true meaning of Christmas.
If you’re like me, you’ve seen this movie a hundred times, and no holiday season is complete without it. From the cozy feeling of the season, to Vince Guaraldi’s iconic jazz soundtrack, to that dinky little “Charlie Brown Christmas tree,” this traditional TV special perfectly embodies both the dark and light feelings and emotions of this time of year, but as it turns out, A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn’t even air.
Start the slideshow below to learn 5 crazy facts you probably didn’t know about A Charlie Brown Christmas, and don’t forget to tune in and watch this year! Then SHARE with your friends.