On December 9, 1965, CBS aired the holiday special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Today is the 53rd anniversary of that special. When the executives first saw the final cut, they weren’t too thrilled, after all, the story was about the crass commercialization of Christmas, not a topic too fond with the sponsor, Coca-Cola! But supposedly they already had ads out about it, so they had no choice but to air it and it became a classic Christmas special. On the occasion of this 53rd anniversary of this special I have six links to online articles and a parody video of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and then there’s the MBIP Coming Attractions for the return of MBIP next week!
CBS Execs Hated 'Charlie Brown Christmas,' Predicted It Would Flop: Producer - Producer Lee Mendelson remembers how CBS executives said it would be the first and last Charlie Brown show. As we now know, that didn’t turn out to be true!
14 Fun Facts About A Charlie Brown Christmas - Number 14 isn’t actually “fun,” but it is something that you’d think would happen to an adult Charlie Brown!
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: The gospel truth behind how a humble ‘Peanuts’ holiday classic defied the odds - An all inclusive story about this seasonal classic.
'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Turns 52 - As it turns 53 a look back at six factors that made this show a timeless hit.
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ at 50: The Making of a Classic Soundtrack - Like the show, the soundtrack beat all odds and became a classic for the years.
SNL TV Funhouse Charlie Brown Christmas - A classic SNL skit about a classic show!
Okay, tomorrow starts a new chapter of MBIP, it’s our sixth anniversary day! It’ll start off with a slice of Wombacher at Nick and Willy’s PIzza and end with a Wombacher Sour at Tannins and Hops. in between will be some photos from the CD Sarah and The Underground CD release party at WTVP Studios happening today!
The MBIP schedule is changing this year and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday tune in to see a weekly photo of the day on these days. We’ll see you all tomorrow!