Good grief, it's Christmas! After more than half a century, this special starring the Peanuts gang remains one of the most loved shows of the season. After all, who needs a great big shiny aluminum tree when all you need is a little love? See how well you remember what "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is all about!
Lucy charges patrons of her psychology booth just five cents, allowing her to enjoy the sweet jingling sound of "nickels, nickels nickels."
Lucy tells Charlie Brown to direct a Christmas play to overcome his holiday melancholy.
Forget bikes and toys -- what Lucy wants most for Christmas is real estate.
Amateur psychologist Lucy diagnoses Charlie Brown with pantophobia -- a fear of everything.
Sally sends Charlie Brown even deeper into depression when she requests cold hard cash, in the form of 10s and 2s, for Christmas.
Despite strict instructions to pick out an aluminum tree, Linus and Charlie Brown select the saddest Christmas tree on the lot.
Linus recites the Annunciation to the shepherds from the Gospel of Luke to describe the true origins of the holiday.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" opens with the Peanuts gang ice skating on a pond to the tune of "Christmas Time is Here."
Even Snoopy gets in on the holiday spirit, winning first prize in a contest for decorating his doghouse.
Charlie Brown's tree is so feeble that a single ornament sends it toppling towards the ground, causing Brown to lament, "I've killed it!"
The show closes with the gang singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" as they gather around the tree, which has rallied thanks to a little TLC.
Lucy derides the others for eating December snow, as she always waits until January to indulge.
After Charlie Brown sarcastically thanks her for the card, Violet declares that she didn't send him a card.
Schroeder is the most musical member of the Peanuts gang and is rarely seen without his piano.
Lucy points out that Beethoven wasn't all that great because he never got his picture on a bubblegum card.
Frieda takes on the role of innkeeper's wife, which allows her to show off her naturally curly hair.
Linus Van Pelt always carries his trusty blanket and even incorporates it into his costume to play a shepherd in the play.
Snoopy is assigned to play all the animals in the play, from sheep to goats.
Despite his messy appearance, Pig-Pen promises to keep a neat inn in his role as the innkeeper.
The holiday favorite hit the airways for the first time on December 9, 1965, a decade after the Peanuts comic strip debuted.
In a time when television networks had grown weary of holiday specials, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was produced only after Coca-Cola shelled out $76,000 to cover the cost of the show.
Half of all households watching television, around 15 million people, tuned in to watch the show on December 9, 1965.
Aluminum Christmas trees were all the rage in 1965, but thanks partly to "A Charlie Brown Christmas," these trees were off the market by 1969.
Producers spent just a day outlining the story and only six months putting the entire show together.
Producers chose real kids, not actors, to play the characters on the show -- with the exception of Linus, Lucy and Charlie Brown, who were portrayed by skilled actors.
Despite the fact that Charles Schulz hated jazz, the Vince Guaraldi Trio was chosen to compose the soundtrack for "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
The catchy jingle often referred to as "The Peanuts Song" or "The Charlie Brown Song" is actually titled "Linus and Lucy."
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" won the 1966 Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Program."
Animator Bill Melendez provided the voice of Snoopy, but all of his lines were just gibberish that producers sped up.
While the original is by far the most popular, fans of the special may wish to check out the other three Charlie Brown holiday specials, which were released in 1992, 2002 and 2003.