Christmas is here and Charlie Brown is depressed. Now, any fan of the Peanuts comic strip understands that Charlie Brown, much like Eeyore of Winnie the Pooh fame, is (although a more social), a chronically depressed and introspective individual. But the rampant commercialism of the holiday only exacerbates Charlie’s nature, so he goes to his friends for counsel. Pseudo-psychiatrist Lucy, despite first trying to diagnose him with a variety of phobias, is the most helpful, in ultimately suggesting that Charlie become more involved. Lucy recommends that Charlie direct the upcoming Christmas play and offers to help him do it. But Charlie’s desperate need to recapture the “realism” of Christmas leads to him making a decision which turns the cast against him.
As Charlie Brown tries to find a way out of his depression and into the Christmas spirit, his friends must learn to get out of their own heads and trust their hearts when it comes to being there for a friend in need. This timeless class serves as a reminder that a sense of inclusion, belonging, and camaraderie, not meaningless gifts, are the real cure for the “holiday blues”. Short, sweet, and sincere, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic for the entire family. I give this one 4.25 stars.