From Snoopy and Woodstock wearing pilgrim outfits to Snoopy getting snapped between the ping pong table, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has long been a favorite among all generations of Americans, not just Generation X.
Still, this TV special debuted in 1973, and so the children who first watched this were Gen Xers. In the days before VCRs, we got to see it once a year, and nothing can quite compare to the excitement that surrounded this annual TV event. If the show aired on a Wednesday my father let me stay home from church. That was a big deal, and demonstrates just what a big deal Charlie Brown specials were to the modern American family.
Here is a YouTube promo link of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and here is Linus’s prayer and all his the gang gathered ’round the Thanksgiving (ping pong) table.
“In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: ‘We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.'”
Whose table will you gather around this Thanksgiving? Please share. I really want to know!