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Sure, it's aired every year on TV. But for those of you who missed it (and there might be many who had -- ABC recently ended up bumping the program back a week for President Obama's foreign policy speech), we present 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' a lovely accompaniment to holiday tidings and your free movie of the day.

The Charles Schultz classic first aired in 1965, and its simple 2D animation still manages to warm hearts four decades later. The short feature follows a depressed Charlie Brown who, despite all the fancy wrappings of the holiday season, just can't seem to get into the spirit of Christmas. Sure, it's aired every year on TV. But for those of you who missed it (and there might be many who had -- ABC recently ended up bumping the program back a week for President Obama's foreign policy speech), we present 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' a lovely accompaniment to holiday tidings and your free movie of the day.

The Charles Schultz classic first aired in 1965, and its simple 2D animation still manages to warm hearts four decades later. The short feature follows a depressed Charlie Brown who, despite all the fancy wrappings of the holiday season, just can't seem to get into the spirit of Christmas.

Despite a visit to frenemy and resident psychiatrist Lucy and a disastrous attempt at directing a pageant, our resident blockhead is still as confused as ever as to what this holiday is all about. It takes a solemn Bible recitation from blanket-toting pal Linus to bring both the program and Christmas into its rightful focus.

Outfitted with holiday favorites as well as a now-classic Vince Guaraldi score, this Christmas special is the perfect antidote for those fighting the tide of commercialism and stress that arrive with the holiday season. Who can forget the ice skating scene at the beginning? The joyful dancing montage where the kids just do the same thing over and over? And when the kids finally decide to look after that lovely little tree?

Whether it's your fifth time or your 55th, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' remains the best of the Peanuts classics -- a welcome tradition that just keeps getting better with time.

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