As a kid one of my favorite Christmas movie was Charle Brown’s Christmas. Everytime it came on I would watch it. I love the simplistic cartooning, the simple (or not) story, the different personlities of the stories. I especially love watching it while it is freezing and snowing outside which reflects the snowy scenes in the movie. As an adult, I still love the story, but now I have a greater appreciation and understanding of the story line and message. Like this particular scene with Charlie Brown and the gang where they “jazz” up the tree. There scrawny tree reminds me of the ones we had in high school where we would throw a bunch of those fake red, blue or gold garland on it as well as the big colorful lights. Just like Charlie Brown’s tree, our tree was cheap, threadbare, scrawny, but loved. I would sit there and stare at the twinkling lights, the shining fake garland and not noticed that it was missing ornaments. Just like Charlie Brown and his gang, I appreciated that fact that I HAD a tree. It didn’t matter to me that it did not have expensive ornaments, lights or all the whistles and bells.
I love this clip because it reminds me of how Christmas has become a competition of sort for people in terms of the most expensive gifts, the most outrageous or extravagant tree etc… When have we become so materialistic? When has the holiday been about expensive gifts and bragging rights? We should all learn from Charlie Brown, appreciate what you have and not envy what others possess.