Vince Guaraldi

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Noon Tuesday Dec. 17 Update: ABC repeats A Charlie Brown Christmas at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 (Channel 9).

Origional post Dec. 5, 2019: Repeating my favorite story about my favorite Christmas TV special from Nov. 30, 2015.

Tonight's A Charlie Brown Christmas remains the best holiday TV special for all the reasons that CBS executives didn’t like it before the 1965 premiere.

The simplicity of the story. The absence of adult voices. Its anti-commercialism message. The terrific jazz sound track by Vince Guaraldi.

And Linus quoting the Bible to tell "the true meaning of Christmas," about the birth of Jesus Christ.

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“A Charlie Brown Christmas” remains the best holiday TV special for all the reasons that CBS executives didn’t like 50 years ago.

The simplicity of the story. The absence of adult voices. Its anti-commercialism message. The terrific jazz sound track by Vince Guaraldi. Linus quoting the Bible. 

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the iconic Christmas cartoon, which airs for the 50th year tonight (9 p.m., Channel 9) following ABC’s musical salute called “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown (8 p.m.). I’ll be talking about Christmas TV specials on “Cincinnati Edition” at 1 p.m. today on 91.7 WVXU-FM.