Do you remember “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
It’s a holiday TV special based on Charles M. Schultz’s comic strip “Peanuts.” It appeared on prime time television, beginning in 1965. Charlie was always getting beaten by his schoolmate Lucy, and outsmarted by his dog Snoopy. He is the underdog, and a defender of the underdog, at the same time.
Charlie Brown has a sentimental attachment to his Christmas tree. It’s a sad little tree, so small and scrawny that it cannot hold even one ornament. He thinks that Christmas is over-commercialized, and tries to remind his friends of the true meaning of Christmas. I love it when Linus says to Charlie, “Do they still make wooden Christmas trees?”
The little trees you see for sale around Paris remind me of Charlie Brown’s tree, because they are so small. Don’t get me wrong, they are not scrawny at all. On the contrary, they are beautiful live trees. I think they are popular here because many French apartments are quite small, so a big tree would not fit. The painting at the top of this post is our tree this year in our apartment. So, when I see these small trees on the street, and through apartment windows, I think of Charlie Brown, and his Christmas Special. Sponsored by Hallmark, you can’t get any more sentimental than that.
Happy Holidays, Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year!
See you next year,