Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

A Charlie Brown Christmas

For 43 years, A Charlie Brown Christmas has endured as one of America's most popular TV yuletide events — a funny and gentle holiday reminder that Christmas is supposed to be less about shopping and more about community and celebrations. With our frowning, grumbling Charlie Brown questioning what the holiday has become, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a timeless tonic to the shop-'til-you-drop mentality that has come to dominate the season.

(See TIME's list of the 7 essential holiday shows)