A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965.
“Christmas time is here. Happiness and cheer.” Those are the opening words to the song that stars the most beloved animated Christmas special in American history, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Sure, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer has its fans and will also air again this year, but Charlie Brown’s ability to connect with both children and adults have made it a staple of the holiday season.
It’s hard to imagine Christmas without the image of Charlie Brown sulking behind a wall, or Linus standing on a stage and explaining the true meaning of Christmas. A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on December 9, 1965 and has aired every year since.
Thursday, December 1 at 8 p.m. ET marks the first time the special will air during the 2016 holiday season. It will air one more time before Christmas on ABC.
Here’s a look at some fun facts about the special and how it was made.