Christmastime is here, but for the first time, Charlie Brown's father will not be around to watch his depressed, round-headed child celebrate the holiday. He will not be in front of the television next week to watch his little boy seek psychiatric help from a nickel-grubbing girl who diagnoses her patient with pantophobia, "the fear of everything." He will not see his child open a mailbox to find emptiness instead of good wishes; he will not watch his boy direct the Christmas play or buy the world's scrawniest, loneliest little Christmas tree. And he will not hear his son's best friend deliver a lisped speech about the true meaning of Christmas: "Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace,... More >>>
Sleigh bells in the air, beauty everywhere: a scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Little-known fact: In 1990, director John Hughes talked to Charles Schultz about making a live-action version of the holiday special. "It will never happen," says Lee Mendelson. "Oh, God, no."