Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

Charles "Charlie" Brown is the main character from the popular newspaper comic strip Peanuts. He is a child with a round-shaped head who possesses endless determination and hope in spite of his constant failures and being dominated by his insecurities, whether it be his always-losing baseball team, getting his kite stuck in a tree, or Lucy always pulling away the football before he can kick it. In 2002, he and his dog Snoopy were ranked #8 in TV Guide's Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters. As the main character of Peanuts, Charlie Brown has also played a prominent role in all of the Christmas specials spun off from the comic.

Appearances in Christmas specials[]



Charlie Brown and Linus pick out a Christmas tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas.

In the very first Peanuts television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown is depressed because he believes that Christmas has become too commercial, so Lucy suggests that he direct the school's Nativity pageant in order to lift his spirits. As the director of the Christmas play, Charlie Brown is determined not to let the play become commercial and to focus on the traditional side of the story. He decides maybe they need a Christmas tree in order to give the play the "proper mood". Accompanied by his friend, Linus, he goes to a local Christmas tree lot and picks out a small, poor-looking baby tree that happens to be the only real tree on the lot. The rest of the kids laugh at Charlie Brown about the tree he has picked out, leading him to wonder if he really knows what Christmas is all about and loudly asking if anyone can tell him. After hearing Linus quoting the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown is filled with a new-found sense of inspiration and brings the little tree home to decorate. Unfortunately, the tree bends under the weight of the first ornament Charlie Brown places on it, leading him to think he has killed it. However, the rest of the gang then cheers him up by fixing the tree back up and decorating it, wishing him a Merry Christmas.

"The Play", a Christmas-themed segment from the last episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, focuses on Charlie Brown writing an essay about the events of Christmas the previous year. In an attempt to raise funds for the the pageant they perform within the flashback, Charlie Brown goes around town trying to sell homemade Christmas wreaths, but is not very successful at it. His little sister Sally attempts to help him by telling his customers that the wreaths were made from the forests of Lebanon, which doesn't work, but she has more success by placing the wreaths around Snoopy's nose.

Charlie Brown trying to sell a wreath

Charlie Brown tries to sell a Christmas wreath at the beginning of It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown.

At the beginning of It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown, the storyline of Charlie Brown trying to sell homemade wreaths is adapted again. Later, he wants to buy a pair of gloves that cost twenty-five dollars as a Christmas present for his girlfriend, Peggy Jean; he ends up selling his comic book collection in order to raise the money. However, right after he buys the gloves, he meets Peggy Jean in the store and finds out that her mother already bought her a pair of gloves, so he instead gives the gloves he bought to Snoopy. Later, while Sally continually rehearses saying "Hark" in the school's Christmas pageant, Charlie Brown spends the sequence carrying a hockey stick; this results in Sally mistakenly shouting "Hockey stick!" when she goes onstage in the play.

In Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, Charlie Brown is the central character of the last segment. He is shown working on a Christmas card for the little red-haired girl he has a crush on, and after Sally flirts with Linus again, he signs it as "Merry Christmas from your sweet babboo." He also answers Sally's inquiry about what sugarplums are when she says she was having a dream about those. In addition, Charlie Brown appears prominently in Sally's segment of the special, where she announces that she's making paper airplanes for everyone this Christmas, and he just got her first one.

Charlie Brown in IWantADogForXmas

Charlie Brown in I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.

Compared to the previous Peanuts Christmas productions, Charlie Brown has a comparatively minor part in I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. Rerun, Linus and Lucy's little brother, repeatedly asks Charlie Brown if he can play with Snoopy, as he has always wanted a dog himself. Later, Charlie Brown tells Rerun about Snoopy's siblings, which gets Rerun thinking he should take in Snoopy's desert-dwelling brother, Spike, as his own pet. However, Mrs. Van Pelt does not allow Spike to stay with them, so Charlie Brown tries to find a new home for Spike, but none of the other kids want to take him in.

Charlie Brown next appeared in the 2008 Peanuts Motion Comics Christmas short "Dear Santa Claus", which adapts part of the comic storyline in which he has to read Gulliver's Travels and write a book report on it during Christmas vacation, but he continually procrastinates doing so. However, the short ends without showing the story's resolution (in which he stayed up writing the book report the day before going back to school and got a D- for his efforts).

Snoopy ended up in Charlie Brown's gift box

Charlie Brown finds Snoopy hiding in his gift box.

In "Christmas is Coming", the second Christmas episode of the 2014 French Peanuts shorts, Charlie Brown finds himself getting stuck lying on an icy sidewalk when he slips walking on it while wearing his heavy winter coat and later expresses concern when Snoopy takes his Beagle Scouts on an expedition during a blizzard. The storyline about him buying gloves for Peggy Jean is also adapted again.


Charlie Brown with Snoopy in "Happiness is the Gift of Giving".

Charlie Brown's latest Christmas-related appearance was in The Snoopy Show episode "Happiness is the Gift of Giving"; the episode's second segment focuses on him making gifts for his friends.

Other Christmas productions[]

Charlie Brown makes a very brief cameo at the end of the My Life as a Teenage Robot Christmas special, "A Robot for All Seasons", though he is referred to as "Round-headed kid" in the end credits. He is shown receiving a bottle of hair tonic from Jenny.

Mentions in other Christmas specials[]

In The Simpsons episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", when Bart encourages Homer to take Barney's suggestion of gambling his Christmas money on a race, he states that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmastime, citing Charlie Brown as an example.

In Elmo's Christmas Countdown, when Stan the Snowball finds out that Stiller the Elf is in the story, he says that Stiller is famous, like "that round-headed kid who picked out that crummy tree".


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