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Charlie Brown asks, "Wouldn't it be better if you were thinking more of giving than of receiving?" and decides a gift "doesn't need to be fancy, just something from the heart." He focuses on making presents for his friends and says, "with a little hard work, you can make something special."
Positive Role Models
The ongoing theme of the three Peanuts stories centers on the gang looking out for each other. Charlie tries to help Sally fall asleep by reading to her. When he falls asleep instead, Sally tucks him in. Charlie decides to focus on giving instead of receiving for Christmas and makes homemade gifts for all of his friends. When Lucy realizes she hurt Charlie's feelings, she takes action to make him feel better. Charlie hides Snoopy's present because he's worried he'll open it early and won't have anything to open Christmas morning. When Snoopy finds it and can't resist trying to open it early, Sally then stays up with him and helps him wait.
Franklin is Black; the Peanuts gang is both male and female.
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Each story has a positive theme about things like being patient and focusing on giving instead of receiving, but there is still a big emphasis on Santa Claus and presents.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Snoopy Show Holiday Special: Happiness is The Gift of Giving is a collection of three Christmas-themed Peanuts stories, each focusing on giving and caring for others. Charlie Brown asks, "Wouldn't it be better if you were thinking more of giving than of receiving?" and decides to make his friends all gifts because it "doesn't need to be fancy, just something from the heart." Each story has a positive theme about things like being patient and focusing on giving instead of receiving, but there is still a big emphasis on Santa Claus and presents throughout the special. Also, Snoopy Santa throws wordless tantrums when things don't go his way and there's a reference to the idea that Sally deserves toys from Santa because she's been a good girl.
Is It Any Good?
Short, sweet, and packed with positive messages, this is a holiday treat parents will love sharing with their kids. The Snoopy Show Holiday Special: Happiness is the Gift of Giving is another joyful installment in the Peanuts gang's emotionally intelligent new era. Parents and kids alike will love the mix of impactful lessons ("with a little hard work, you can make something special") and physical comedy. Snoopy is, as always, mischievous and a little short-tempered but also lovable. And Charlie's attempts to be a good big brother as well as a good friend are also undeniably sweet. All of it adds up to an engaging Christmas special young children will want to return to again and again.
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