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December 22: Yes, Santa, there is a Charlie Brown

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 can see. This book uses Victorian-era woodcuts as backdrops for Peanuts characters doing various Christmassy things, and it’s cute and atmospheric. And even its unlikely title is charming.

 

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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 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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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 …