Watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is part of my family’s traditional Thanksgiving celebration. It is a fun and interesting 25 minutes that helps my wife and I teach our sons about good manners and why it’s a good thing to pause and give thanks.
This Thanksgiving special is part of a trilogy for my family that beings with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and concludes with A Charlie Brown Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving includes Peppermint Patty, Marcy, and Franklin, who are not in the other two specials. Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, which puts Charlie Brown on the spot to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for his friends, even though he can only make cereal and toast (although he can’t butter the toast, for some reason). As the dinner begins, Linus once again surprises everyone with his knowledge of historical events, sharing with everyone the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Charlie Brown’s grandmother saves the day by inviting all of Charlie Brown’s friends over to her condo for a real Thanksgiving dinner.
I am thankful for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving because it gives my family a half-hour or so of quiet time to enjoy each other’s company and relax at what can be a very hectic and busy time of year.