A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The true meaning of Christmas is more than commercialism. Sweet and warmhearted. Themes include compassion, integrity, and gratitude.
Positive Role Models
Charlie Brown and gang learn important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas. Some of the kids are cutting to Charlie Brown, but they all rally around him in the end.
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Products & Purchases
One of the themes is that the commercial/material spin on Christmas is unfortunate.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Charlie Brown Christmas is a heartwarming classic that focuses on the religious aspect of Christmas. At the story's climax, Linus quotes one of the nativity stories from the New Testament and the Peanuts characters join in singing religious carols. Several uses of the words "stupid" and "blockhead," primarily by Lucy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of Christmas when he buys a forlorn little tree, this classic communicates a timeless message brimming with holiday spirit. The first of Charles Schultz's television specials based on his long-running comic strip, A Charlie Brown Christmas set the standard for those that followed. Simple drawings, a gently meandering story, Schultz's beloved characters, and Vince Guaraldi's lively musical score combine to make this something the entire family will want to watch every year.
The image of the pathetic but endearing Christmas tree, unable to support even one decoration, cleverly parallels the Charlie Brown character. That sad fir springing to life at the end, as Charlie's melancholy dissipates, resonates with young and old alike. Filled with humor, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is a wonderful antidote to the holiday blues.
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