The story of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

picture of Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree

Have you ever heard the story of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree? This little-animated segment from the comic “Peanuts” which originally aired during December 1965 has a rich legacy within the United States. Some might even call it a Christmas staple. Even though I’m not as familiar with the story as many others I’ve recently watched the comic and thought it would make a nice “story” based blog post. I’ll try and sum up the storyline as short and sweet as possible below.

A short story summary of Charlie Brown’s tree

As the story goes, Charlie Brown which is the main character in the worldwide popular show Peanuts is feeling down even though it’s Christmas time. He feels that the holiday season is way too much commercialized and struggles to understand what this time of year is really about. After some minor and less important happenings, while Charlie Brown’s depression seems to continue, Lucy advises that he does something to combat it like producing a play for Christmas.

This help Charlie to feel a bit better, only to see his dog (Snoopy) be busy decorating his doghouse for the local Xmas light competition on his way. The dog is even more aware of the commerciality of the holiday than the meaning itself. Further distractions and discouragements include his sister asking him to write a letter to Santa on her behalf with the notion of being willing to accept a lot of money as a present. This, of course, does not sit well with Charlie Brown.

At the rehearsal things don’t go as the plan with much bickering between actors, playing parts, Lucy, Linus, and Snoopy. This is where the first proper mention of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree comes into play as he thinks the play needs a nice tree to create the right atmosphere. Lucy asks him to get an aluminum tree, yet when arriving at the market Charlie decides to focus on a tiny sapling which seems to be to the only real tree out of all there. Although Linus isn’t sure about the tree was chosen Charlie thinks he can make it work.

As you would expect, not all welcome Charlie’s choice of a tree which leads to him asking everyone there is they really know what Xmas is all about? Linus responds speaking the word from the Gospel of Luke from the Bible. The rest of the story you can see by watching the video below.

Even the style of comic, music and even characters aren’t something I prefer, keep in mind it comes from the 1960’s though, one can’t help but appreciate a Christmas story with roots from the Bible. It is true, Xmas and the holiday season are very much commercialized, but at the end of the day, we all have to remember the real reason for the holiday in the first place. It is all about the birth of the baby Jesus who came as a savior for the whole world. Read the full story here: https://www.whychristmas.com/story/birth.shtml

How to make a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree?

If you would like to reenact the Charlie Brown tree scene within your own family to teach them the meaning of Xmas you can make a copy of the tree from the comic.  You don’t need much, just some tools, a pine branch, red bauble and piece of wood for the base.

Find full instructions over at Instructables here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Tree/