a stormy evening and well, they didn’t really get it

October 28, 2008 |  Category:   family holidays


You know how when you were a kid, you just couldn’t wait for those Charlie Brown holiday specials to come on TV? Because when it did, you knew that Christmas or Halloween or Valentine’s Day was just around the corner? When I was a kid, Charlie Brown specials would air on CBS and as soon as you saw that animated CBS logo with that cheeky, percussive theme song, you knew that you were moments away from watching the show and you’d get so freaking excited.

I thought it would be great fun for the girls to stay up a wee bit past their bedtimes so we can watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” together. Mark made the mistake of telling Mia that she was in for a special surprise tonight and for about an hour it was all “what is it? Is it a scary surprise? Is it something to eat? What is it, huh? huh? HUH???”. So just when 8:00 was about to roll around, Mark made hot cocoa for us all – it was the perfect stormy night for huddling together on the couch under a blanket. We turn Charlie Brown on. Blank faces. They watch some more. Still, blank faces. “Um, is there anything on after this?”. We try to explain how great Charlie Brown is, how we used to watch it as kids, how it’s an icon of American pop culture. More blank faces with an occasional giggle from Claudine who seems amused by Snoopy. “Isn’t Snoopy funny?” we say. “Yeah”.

Oh well…

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  • Joni October 28, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    you guys are such wonderful, attentive parents!
    they’ll appreciate Charlie Brown. I totally feel the same way as you do when the shows come on during the holidays – you just know it’s the holiday time and that things are reassuringly the same year after year…mia is so adorable! she’s gonna really drive you guys nuts in the coming years, huh

  • Lee October 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

    So sad!!! I just heard a report about the crap young girls are reading today because Anne of Green Gables is boring. As if…

  • Ray October 29, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I love the CBS Special intro… honestly it’s one of my favorite motion graphics of all time.
    Watch and enjoy and be thankful for YouTube…


  • Jenna October 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for that Ray. I must have watched it about 10 times just now.

  • cyndi October 29, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I know how you feel. The same thing happened to us a few years ago with my step-daughters but it was during Christmas. I was so excited to watch one of the Rudolph specials with them and they looked at the antiquated technology and seemed rather bewildered. They were sweet to sit through it but they so didn’t get what all the fuss was over.

  • Brenda November 2, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Awwww … bummer!!!