Cupcakes LOVES Snoopy. I don’t mean she has a fondness for Snoopy or enjoys Snoopy’s company. She adores that dog. She’s been watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special DVD since July, which means I have been watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special DVD (JULY, PEOPLE! JULY!).
The first several times that I watched this DVD, I wondered why the 1965 TV Special is the one that is shown on TV every year. Why didn’t I remember the Christmas Special that was made in 1992? I know I would have seen it when it aired. I remember watching the reruns of the 1965 version as a child. Here’s something else that was bothering me: Cupcake does not like the 1992 version. She doesn’t even watch it when it is on.
What is the difference between these two versions? STORYLINE. The 1965 Christmas Special has a storyline. The 1992 Christmas Special has none.
In the 1965 Special, Charlie Brown has a problem. He’s depressed and he doesn’t understand why. He wants to know why he’s sad during “the happiest time of the year” for everyone else. His quest to change his sadness to happiness is the core of the story. The cute antics of the children were the icing on the storyline cake.
The 1992 Special is all icing. Charlie Brown is trying to sell Christmas wreaths. Then we go to Peppermint Patty who is avoiding her homework at all costs. Then we go to Linus who is trying to talk to Sally about the Biblical meaning of Christmas. Then we go back to Charlie Brown who wants to buy gloves for the girl he likes. The we go back to Peppermint Patty who wants to be Mary in the school play, but is cast as a sheep. As Charlie would say, “Good grief.” There is nothing holding this hodge-podge of stuff together. And there isn’t much Snoopy in it, either.
This is our Christmas tree. It’s also kind of a metaphor for our life right now. It doesn’t look like much, but it is full of hope. Not to mention, Cupcake loves it.