In the days before videos, DVD’s, Blu-Rays, and even cable television, there was something special about Christmas specials. It was a big deal when Rudolph, Frosty, or the Grinch showed up on one of the three channels that came into your home. Santa Claus would come to town on your television one night a year. If you were out, you missed it. If you had homework and couldn’t get to the TV, too bad. No repeats. No replays. No marathons. You planned your schedule around those precious half-hour animated shows. It’s part of what made them special. To me, the most special of the specials was (and still is) A Charlie Brown Christmas. As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate it more and more. There’s a simplicity…even a serenity to the story. It’s all summed up in a ninety second speech given by Linus about two-thirds of the way through the program. I couldn’t elaborate on it any better if I tried.