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In this issue:
*A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS TO AIR
*SNOOPY STUFF FOR THE BATHROOM
*ANNIVERSARY TREASURY CORRECTION
*CHRISTMAS ORDERING STILL AVAILABLE
*HALLMARK BOOK TIPS
*BOOK LOOK: YES, SANTA, THERE IS A CHARLIE BROWN
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS TO AIR
Our U.S. readers, looking forward to their annual dose of the TV special a Charlie Brown Christmas, won’t be disappointed…
unless they believe what they read. If you head over to the CBS website right now, you’ll see several places where they state that A CB Christmas will air Monday, Dec 4, at 8 PM Easter/Pacific. However, on other parts of that site they state that their normal programming will be on in that slot. What’s the truth? Heading over to the TVGuide web site, I see the special is slated for December 11th, which I believe is the real air date…
but I’ll be checking both nights, just to be sure!
(And if you’re nuts about the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas: there’s a new CD out with covers of the music from that special, done by Cyrus Chestnut and Friends…
"Friends" in this case including Vanessa Williams and the Boys Choir of Harlem. This can be found on the front page of the http://AAUGH.com catalog.)
I’ve added a Peanuts-themed crossword puzzle to the site. Go to AAUGH.com and click on the Collector’s Guide link, then click on Crossword Puzzle. There the puzzle will be, ready to print out and solve. (This puzzle first appeared in issue 8 of Hogan’s Alley magazine, a magazine of the cartoon arts. As such, its non-Peanuts question lean a bit toward the comics and animation world.)
SNOOPY STUFF FOR THE BATHROOM
We’ve just added a couple of unlikely items to our catalog. A vinyl bathtub mat (to keep you from slipping while you shower) and a child’s potty seat, both with Snoopy designs, are now available. I didn’t know where to put them, so I added them to the Toys page (which was looking a little empty, due to the unavailability of the Snoopy figurines.)
ANNIVERSARY TREASURY CORRECTION
A few newsletters back, I refered to the Peanuts Anniversary Treasury as being a reprint of Peanuts Classics. Well, I was a little bit off on that. I swear I checked the book, I did! I counted pages, checked many pages side by side, at the beginning and the end and at many places in the middle. It’s -mostly- a reprint of Peanuts Classics…
but various individual pages of the original (which reprinted strips from 1970 and before) have been replaced with pages from the next ten years. The switched pages only have daily strips; none of the color Sunday strips from the original are missing. It’s still a very nice book.
If anyone ordered this book specifically seeking a copy of Peanuts Classics, let me know and I’ll make this up to you. And if anyone else is interested in this fine book, head on over to http://AAUGH.com and click on the link marked British Shoppe. You’ll find it there!
CHRISTMAS ORDERING STILL AVAILABLE
There’s certainly still time to get your orders in and shipped to you (or directly to your recipients!) by Christmas. A few tips to help assure timely delivery:
1) Order only those things that are listed on their catalog page as "usually ships within 24 hours". Those things are actually in the warehouse, on-hand to ship. If you’re interested in something that "usually ships in 2-3 days", order it *now*, since processing delays are longer during the holidays. If you’re interested in something that’s "on order; usually ships in 1-2 weeks"…
well, I wouldn’t count on it arriving by Christmas or even the end of Hannukah. 2) When you’re asked for your shipping preferences, you’ll be asked whether you want everything shipped together, or if you’d be willing to take partial shipments as the items become available. Take that partial shipment option; it will assure that your whole order isn’t held up by one problematic item. 3) Gift-wrapping services are available. This way, you can have wrapped gifts sent directly to the recipient, which saves you time and trouble in receiving the gift, wrapping it, and shipping it back out. (And having received a number of gifts this way for my recent wedding, I can say that a nice, sharp job was done on the wrapping!) 4) When it gets close to the final day, remember that you can take advantage of overnight shipping. This does cost more, of course.
The free-shipping-for-orders-over-$100 deal is still going. Remember that you can mix items that you find on the AAUGH.com site with items that you find on Amazon once you click through. All of the items do have to go to a single location, however. (Time to get that DVD player!)
HALLMARK BOOK TIPS
Last newsletter, I mentioned the nice The Joy Of A Peanuts Christmas book that I couldn’t offer, but was available at Hallmark stores. While some shops sold out on the first weekend, others still have a plentiful supply. Here’s a few quick tips for getting one:
1) Call ahead and make sure the store has some in stock. 2) Customers can get 1 free copy of this book by purchasing any 3 cards in the store. These can be *any* cards, they don’t have to be Peanuts cards (although there are plenty of those to be found!) While most of the cards cost $1.50-$2, you should be able to find a rack of 99 cent cards pretty easily. If you look toward the bottom of the Thank You and Condolence card sections, you may actually find thirft cards that cost 85 cents each. Even with tax, that would bring the cost of your book to under $3. 3) Hallmark will sell you additional copies for about $6, and the book is certainly worth it. However, if you want another copy more cheaply, just come back another day and buy another 3 cards; the limitation is one per customer *visit*, not one per customer total. 4) If you don’t have a Hallmark store within access, you can now order them from hallmark.com — they cost $5.95 plus shipping, but they do come with three free Peanuts greeting cards. They’ll only ship within the U.S., however. (Foreign buyers will find plenty of them for bid on eBay, and few bidders bidding. However, not all eBay auctioneers will ship worldwide; check before you bid.)
BOOK LOOK: YES, SANTA, THERE IS A CHARLIE BROWN
Since the Christmas season is zooming closer, I figured that this issue I’d take a look at one of the many Christmas-themed Peanuts books out there. Yes, Santa, There Is A Charlie Brown is a small hardcover book that Hallmark issued in 1971. It uses Schulz character drawings and gags from various Christmastime strips, but places the characters against the background of Victorian-era (or at least Victorian-style) woodcut drawings. The characters are in black-and-white, while the backgrounds are in black and one other color (different on each spread.) The art styles actually make for an interesting mix, and it certainly looks like no other Peanuts book. This 28-page volume cost $1.50 when it was issued.
Well, that’s all the news for this time. Keep letting me know what you think of the newsletter and of the site…
and if you like them, let your friends know about them as well!
–Nat Gertler proprietor http://AAUGH.com firstname.lastname@example.org