The Advent Calendar, 24 days to go

To celebrate the release of Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking, I am starting this advent calendar. Each day I will be posting about one Christmas-related Peanuts book – but only one that is not an adaptation of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, because the dozens of those would simply overwhelm the list, and besides, I wold hate to have to play favorites among them.

We’re going to build to what I feel is the finest book in this category… but if were going to reach that level of awesomeness, we’d better start out slow, so the first one we’ll start out with is merely pleasant:


December 1: Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings has a generic holiday greeting for a title, and has the most basic elements of Peanuts (Charlie Brown and Snoopy), Christmas (a tree), and happiness (smiles). But hey, that’s Peanuts, Christmas, happiness, all good things. And better than that, it’s a conveniently small (should fit in a stocking nicely) strip reprint, covering 5 dailies and 2 Sunday strips at one to two panels per page. The book even comes with a square of wrapping paper in the back, to wrap the book in. Published in 1996 by Collins Publishers as part of their “Festive Peanuts” line, the book is long since out of print, but copies can be found.

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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, 1 day to go

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 …

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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 …