Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search


Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking

Two never-before-reprinted Peanuts Christmas comic strip 'specials' combine to make the perfect gift book for the holidays

By Rich ClabaughStaff / November 29, 2012

Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking By Charles Schulz Fantagraphics Books 56 pp.

Enlarge

The holiday season is upon us with all its many traditions. For those of us who grew up in the 1960s, watching the animated TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was and is one of those fond traditions. But how many of us knew that there are two other Peanuts Christmas "specials"? Schulz also created two original Peanuts Christmas comic strips.

Skip to next paragraph

The first appeared in the Dec., 1963, issue of Good Housekeeping magazine and was titled "Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking." This short special consists of 15 Peanuts comics (one page of text and an accompanying illustration on the facing page) and is centered on Charlie Brown listening to the gang's thoughts about Christmas with a focus, of course, on stockings and where to hang them. Charlie Brown is flustered because in the new homes of the 1960s there are no fireplaces.

The second is titled "The Christmas Story" and features Linus reading to Snoopy the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke (the same version he recited in the animated special). This appeared in the Dec., 1968, issue of Woman's Day magazine.

These two Peanuts Christmas specials have been reprinted and packaged together in a sweet little (roughly 6"x6", 56 pages) hardcover by the elves at Fantagraphics Books. The design of the book is marvelous, thick off-white stock printed in two colors – red and green of course. Besides the two Christmas pieces, you'll find a brief history of behind the specials and a small bio of Schulz. 

"Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking" is sure to bring a warm smile to readers young and old. A yearly reading of this little gem can in itself become a new tradition for the Christmas season.

Rich Clabaugh is a Monitor staff artist.

Permissions

  • Weekly review of global news and ideas
  • Balanced, insightful and trustworthy
  • Subscribe in print or digital

Special Offer

 

What are you reading?

Let me know about a good book you've read recently, or about the book that's currently on your bedside table. Why did you pick it up? Are you enjoying it?

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
Become a fan! Follow us! Google+ YouTube See our feeds!