A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Parents recommendPopular with kids
The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.
  • NR
  • 1965
  • 30 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 34 reviews

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Positive Messages

The true meaning of Christmas is more than commercialism. Sweet and warmhearted. Themes include compassion, integrity, and gratitude.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

"Stupid," "blockhead."


One of the themes is that the commercial/material spin on Christmas is unfortunate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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Adult Written byecodad December 14, 2016

Surprisingly depressing

Other than the historical value of looking in on a cultural need that led to the perception that projecting neurosis onto cartoon characters was entertaining,... Continue reading
Adult Written byViannaR December 18, 2013

Brilliant classic; wise to wait until they are older.

A favorite for certain, but very risky to show to young children due to: Many Lucy moments where she is bullying, screaming, threatening to punch with her fists... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byyo77 April 9, 2008

This movie actually gives the True Meaning of Christmas!!!

Even though I am 13 yrs old, I enjoy this. Why are reviewers saying that this movie has bad language??? I don't know. They dont say d**m or s**t or f**k or... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymovieman25 November 24, 2017

What's the story?

In A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, Charlie Brown is depressed by the Christmas season because it's so commercial, but cheers up when Lucy asks him to direct the holiday pageant. But the bossy Lucy doesn't allow him to do much directing and sends Charlie off to buy an aluminum Christmas tree. Instead, he's drawn to a sad little fir tree, which everyone mocks. Linus makes a speech about the true meaning of Christmas; moved by his words, the Peanuts gang then transforms the little tree by adding beautiful decorations, and Charlie Brown finally celebrates a merry Christmas.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about A Charlie Brown Christmas' message. Does the true meaning of Christmas get lost in materialism?

  • Can you think of real world examples of how that is true?

  • How could you work against that -- either in your family or in society?

  • How do the Peanuts learn and demonstrate compassion, gratitude, and integrity in A Charlie Brown Christmas? Why are these important character strengths?

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