The Advent Calendar, 1 day to go

December 24: Christmas is Together-Time

The title of Christmas is Together-Time may be a mite awkward, but what it is isn’t awkward at all. What it is is pure, book-original Schulz, with his reflections on Christmas and what it is. And lest you think that a Christmas giftbook is apt to be pure saccharine, we should note that Schulz covers the good and the bad; yes, “Christmas is ta box of tree ornaments that have become part of the family”, but then “Christmas is when you realize how little you can buy with fifty cents.”

This book was a Christmas Charlie Brown item before “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, part of the line of books that started with Happiness is a Warm Puppy. It was returned to print a few years back in its original format, but the edition I’m highlighting is the new large edition, as it works fine in this bigger size, and becomes more something you can leave on the coffee table for flipping through. And that’s why this lands the penultimate slot on this countdown!

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The Advent Calendar, the Big Day

My choice of what the finest non-adaptation-of-A-Charlie-Brown-Christmas Peanuts Christmas book wasn’t a struggle. The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas is quite simply a lovely book of the core of Peanuts. It’s a strip collection, collecting Christmas-themed strips. Now, that would describe a lot of the books on this list, but …

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The Advent Calendar, 2 days to go

Some books are great, but some books are more than a book, and such is the case with A Very Peanuts Christmas – it’s a book, but it’s also a pillow! More of a decorative throw item than something you’re going to use to sleep on, but it is nice …

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The Advent Calendar, 3 days to go

Attempts to merge Schulz drawings with other styles of art are often just visually annoying, but not invariably so. Case in point: Yes, Santa, there is a Charlie Brown, a book from 1971 that Halmark has issued as a small hardcover and, later, as an even smaller hardcover, as you …