One of the things I love about holidays are all the holiday movies. Some are pretty cheesy and not really worth watching unless you’re really in the mood, but there are some really great ones. One of the programs that always has great holiday movies is Charlie Brown. Many of these movies are “classics” including the Thanksgiving one, but for some reason they’re movies we can watch every year and the next generation likes them too (and don’t think they’re dated).
The concept of the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is that one of their friends, Lucy, invites herself (and their friends) over to Charlie Brown’s for the Thanksgiving dinner. Charlie and his friends step up to the plate and attempt to make dinner, and they do all sit down to eat together before the end of the show.
There are a couple of things that stick out to me in this story, and in many of the other Charlie Brown stories, and that’s the presence of his friends in his life, and their celebration of the holidays.
Charlie Brown and friends certainly have plenty of fights or annoy each other on a regular basis, but they always come back to being friends, supporting each other and gathering together for the holidays. I love that they’re celebrating the holidays together even if they know it will be a bit of a rocky road before the day is over. I also love that they’re choosing to come together as friends, and that the holidays for them are about spending time with the people and animals who mean the most to them. Family is important, but it’s also really important to them to be with friends.
I’m thankful that although we can’t choose who brings us into the world, we can choose who we spend the rest of our lives with. Who are you thankful for in your life?