To launch the celebration, Jill Schulz, 56, the youngest of Charles M. Schulz’s five children, recently sat down with bloggers around the country to share her personal memories of her Dad; the family Christmas traditions that she shared with her siblings Meredith, Amy, Monte, and Craig; and, of course, the way that A Charlie Brown Christmas has touched her life and the lives of millions of fans across the globe.
“I always had great memories of it, but to us, that’s just how our Christmas was.”
“Back then, there was not as much merchandise, publicity, worldwide status for Peanuts and Snoopy.”
“We had a pretty typical Christmas, except that we opened our gifts on Christmas Eve. Typically, we’d have neighborhood friends and kids coming over and my mom cooked a great big dinner. Then we’d wait for Santa Claus, I’d always sneak back down and open a window because I thought there was no way he could fit down the chimney.”
“In the morning, we’d get a special present. One year I got a puppy, but it was a little disconcerting because I thought I was getting an Old English Sheepdog like the one from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, but my puppy wasn’t furry and didn’t have a tail.”
“Once the TV show came out, that became a tradition: both Christmas and Halloween, they became something we’d gather around TV to watch. But to me, it just seemed like a normal family Christmas.”
For me Snoopy has always been a part of my childhood and the TV specials are always a way to signify the holidays. Not only that but our family spends a lot of time at Knott’s Berry Farm so Snoopy has become even more beloved to our family.
Now at Hallmark you can launch the holiday joy early, as you anticipate the 50th airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas! The soft and huggable Snoopy plush brings cheer any time of day or night, while the charming Be Joyful book keeps you in a Peanuts spirit year-round.
We have this Snoopy prize pack including a hugable Snoopy plush and the Be Joyful book to also give away!