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Heartwarming / A Charlie Brown Christmas

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  • Lucy seems to have faith in Charlie Brown's ability to direct the Christmas play, given how she seems surprised to hear that not everyone shares her enthusiasm for his potential. She also, for the most part, happily helps him out. There's also the fact that she suggested he direct in the first place to try and help him out of his depression, thinking that Charlie Brown having something to focus on would be beneficial. For Lucy, that's shockingly thoughtful.
  • Let's be honest: The last 5 minutes are nothing but CMOH. And really, Charlie Brown needed it.
    Lucy: Charlie Brown is a blockhead, but he did get a nice tree.
    • To say nothing of Linus's sermon.
      • He lets go of his blanket when he reaches "Fear not!" Awesome and heartwarming at the same time.
      • The sermon makes everybody realize that Charlie Brown was actually right on the ball by choosing that tree.
    • "I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love..."
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    • And he uses his blanket to wrap the base of the tree to keep it sturdy.
    • When the entire cast sings "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" while standing around the little Christmas tree, now beautifully decorated and standing upright.
  • Heartwarming again when you realize that almost everyone, regardless of faith, can find the messages to appreciate in this special, and Christmas as a holiday in general. The beauty does not necessarily just come from what it is, but what it represents. What made Linus reciting the sermon so special was not that it was Christian, but what it represented, not just to those of Christian faith, but to everyone watching. To recount, Jesus was born in a barnyard, and looked to be nothing special. But he later grew up to be one of the greatest leaders and religious figures of all-time in his faith, despite his simple and humble beginnings. Just like the tree Charlie Brown got. The tree looked to be nothing special, but it was the only truly original tree out of all the other aluminum ones. It's genuity and simplicity are what made it so special, and it became something amazing, just like in the story of Jesus. The story represented something clear. Christmas was not about the commercialism or any of that. That's all fun but that's not the true meaning. It was about appreciating the simplicity and beauty of everything around you. And to quote the end of Linus's sermon, "Peace and good will towards men." That's what Christmas is all about. It's no wonder you don't have to be Christian to appreciate this special, or Christmas in general for that matter. This is a holiday, time, and season where everyone can truly be happy. Even a blockhead like Charlie Brown.
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  • Finally, especially during the era when the Charlie Brown specials were at its height with its frequent Downer Ending fates for Charlie Brown being screwed around senselessly, this special had the special resonance for viewers knowing that there would be one regularly run special that ends with Charlie Brown being happy.

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