Clickable Advent Calendar, 8: A Charlie Brown Christmas

One of the most beloved — and refreshingly soft-spoken — animated TV specials ever made, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs on ABC tonight at 8 p.m. The first cartoon version of Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip was broadcast in 1965 and featured many unusual touches, such as the casting of children (many of them inexperienced) as voice actors, the Vince Guaraldi jazz-piano score and the lack of laugh track. Lots of parodies are out there, including "A Charlie Brown Christmas Performed by the Cast of 'Scrubs'" and the horribly NSFW "Charlie Brown Kwanzaa," but fans of Atlanta-based music probably appreciate this clip the best:

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