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18-12-2015, 04:29 PM
Thoughts on Charlie Brown Christmas special?
Almost every year I see a news article about a school banning this special so I finally decided to watch. I didn't see anything wrong with it until the very end when they start to get a little preachy. Linus? I think recites a bible passage about the angels announcing Jesus birth to the shepherds. Might be a bit too religious to be shown in a school setting although I wasn't offended. So for those who have seen it what do you think? Should it be banned from schools?
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18-12-2015, 04:42 PM
RE: Thoughts on Charlie Brown Christmas special?
I never saw it at school when I was a kid, always at home. Why does it need to be shown at school? It's on TV every year and there are multiple other ways to see it now too.
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18-12-2015, 04:45 PM
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I recall it being on in my 8th grade social studies class kinda in the background, as we had a light project we were working on, that I believe wasn't christmas related, more like stock broaching related, but it was on while there was also non-christians in the class. Not that there was any complaints.

I don't ever recall seeing a complaint about it in the news; its nothing that I ever looked up though.

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18-12-2015, 04:48 PM
RE: Thoughts on Charlie Brown Christmas special?
When I was real young in the late 80's early 90's my schools used to celebrate every holiday. For Hanukkah we would play with the dreidels, and light menorah's, Christmas we would set up a small trees, and decorations. We would dress up for Halloween, passed cards for Valentines day, and brought in snacks and small gifts for peoples birthdays. Then around 1995 it all stopped. My brothers weren't allowed to do any of those things.

Charlie Brown will be played on TV everyday this month. It's on Netflix. It's online. They sell in on Blue Ray. If it wasn't played in a classroom oh well. I did enjoy those days where I got to experience different holidays from different cultures, but I can see how it blurs that line between Church and State.




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18-12-2015, 05:05 PM
RE: Thoughts on Charlie Brown Christmas special?
It is easy to find at libraries and is shown every year multiple times on TV, so I don't see any reason why it should be shown in schools.

When I was a kid--when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, as we still had Christmas pageants and angels, etc., in the public schools then--we never spent classroom time watching TV. To be honest, I think today's kids would be bored. The chief appeal of Charlie Brown Christmas is to sentimental baby boomers.

For me personally, I don't watch the Christmas special because of the strain from rolling my eyes so much. I prefer The Great Pumpkin, with its depiction of how easy it is to invent a god and lure followers. Schultz's followers are smarter than the average Christian, though: when there is no Great Pumpkin, they abandon the prophet.
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18-12-2015, 05:17 PM
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I watched it when I was a kid, & it wasn't the reason I believed in gawd! Undecided

I'd imagine parents taking their kids to church goes a lot further in the way of indoctrinating them to the faith that just happens to be the one depicted in that scene!

*shrugs*

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18-12-2015, 05:42 PM
RE: Thoughts on Charlie Brown Christmas special?
Boring, lame, and not funny. Just like the newspaper vesion.

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18-12-2015, 06:12 PM
RE: Thoughts on Charlie Brown Christmas special?
I never cared for the Peanuts gang but the Charlie Brown Christmas was ok. I think the reason it's still around is mostly because of the jazzy music. If it had been more traditional music or some Disney cutsie poo music it would have faded into the past. That's what I think. Tongue

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18-12-2015, 07:35 PM
RE: Thoughts on Charlie Brown Christmas special?
I love that show. I have it on DVD. It was part of my life as far back as I can remember. Yeah, it gets preachy toward the end but the story is good over all. I even have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree that my kids think is hilarious.

As for watching it in school...maybe not. It does end with a very Christian message and not all kids are Christian. The Grinch would be a better choice. Big Grin

I have three Christmas movies...Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and the Grinch (animated). I enjoy them all.

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18-12-2015, 07:40 PM
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(18-12-2015 07:35 PM)Anjele Wrote:  I love that show. I have it on DVD. It was part of my life as far back as I can remember. Yeah, it gets preachy toward the end but the story is good over all. I even have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree that my kids think is hilarious.

As for watching it in school...maybe not. It does end with a very Christian message and not all kids are Christian. The Grinch would be a better choice. Big Grin

I have three Christmas movies...Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and the Grinch (animated). I enjoy them all.

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