At the first hint of chill in the air, my thoughts turn to Christmas. My mind and heart begin to fill with visions of sugar plums indeed. My weekly menu turns decidedly toward comfort food and I begin rummaging in my brain for homemade Christmas gift ideas for my loved ones. I begin hauling out first the autumn decorations and later the Christmas, decking my halls and every other available surface. I take delight in the season, the magic, wonder and glory of it all. This blog was born from that delight. Here you will find dinner ideas, crafts, decor, stories, memories, and music. Some ideas will be entirely mine, but I will also include anything cute I come across that I think you might like to see, credit given to the creator or source. Please leave me your ideas in the comments and any other feedback you'd like to give.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Peanuts Holiday Specials

I just read an article online about these wonderful holiday classics. The Peanuts Holiday Specials are so much a party of the holiday season for me that I thought it was not only appropriate but necessary to include a post about them here. Read the article first because Ms. Stevens puts it better than I could ever hope to.
I remember my parents planning holiday cookie baking around a primetime holiday special airing. We got very little television, so whatever special might be airing on one of our two channels was a major event. We didn't have cable, we didn't even have a VCR for most of my youth, so catching one of these events was incredibly memorable. As parents, my husband and I added the Peanuts Holiday Specials to our collection very early on, when our first child was still a baby. We've had mixed feelings over the years about how often they should be viewed. Should it be a once a season event like it was for us? Will that make it more special in their memories? Or do we watch it repeatedly throughout the season, making it a an integral part of that month? So far this season we have watched It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown about three times. We are into November and have not yet watched the Thanksgiving Special. I guess it doesn't really matter. Either way, these movies will hold a place in the hearts of our children just as they have in the hearts of children for nearly 45 years now. I love their simplicity, their honesty, their humor. Share them with your children, cringe when they call each other stupid, eat a sugar cookie, and love them for what they are- nostalgic classics.
(Purchase these most anywhere movies are sold.)

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