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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 …

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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 …

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Sally’s Christmas Play is another storybook taken from a strip continuity… but this one is the tale where Sally believes that she’s supposed to say “Hark!” right before Harold Angel sings. That makes it a better story than some which were adapted.

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The Peanuts Christmas Ornament Book gets my affection because it’s a book. And it’s a good thing it says that it’s a book in the title, because otherwise I might never have known. Normally, I would not consider a folded cardboard sheet with pop-out shapes to be a book. In …

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You thought I was kidding about that earlier cover when I said that the presents were about to hit the smiling, oblivious youth in their noggins. But on this book you see the sort of thing that happens. And its title, Bah, Humbug!, reflects that other side of Christmas, one …

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This 1979 coloring book isn’t just A Charlie Brown Christmas, it’s The Charlie Brown Christmas. And that cover is sweet! Although the interior does have one thing that bugs my in coloring books: characters who have their mouths open, clearly talking, but there’s no word balloon or caption to tell …

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If I liked the book from two days ago because it was a Christmas book with a cactus on the cover, and I liked the one yesterday because it was a Christmas book that was actually a Christmas ornament, then Snoopy: Desert Christmas is double-special… triple, if you count the …

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The AAUGH.com Advent Calendar, 9 days to go

This mini version of the 1980 update of Christmas is Together Time (well, the original version actually had a hyphen, Together-Time) is on the list because it’s not just a Christmas book, its also a Christmas ornament!