Since the Peanuts gang was particularly fond of holidays, Charles Schulz created A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which aired for the first time in 1973.
As the 10th animated special starring Charlie Brown and friends, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, it starts with a classic scene of Lucy holding the football for Charlie, but of course, pulling it away at the last minute.
But the real story is Charlie’s dilemma over Thanksgiving, where he’s supposed to head off with the family to dinner at his Grandmother’s house, but he has Peppermint Patty, Marcie and Franklin inviting themselves over for dinner.
So thanks to Linus, Charlie is hosting dinner, with the help of chefs Snoopy and Woodstock, with a quick discussion of the American story of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. But dinner isn’t a success and Patty blames Charlie, but cooler heads prevail and all the kids head to Grandmother’s house, while Snoopy and Woodstock enjoy a traditional dinner of their own.
Featuring music by Vince Guaraldi and the voices of Bill Melendez, Todd Barbee, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger, Robin Kohn and Christopher DeFaria, the special is sweet, sentimental and has a lesson, an atypical Peanuts special.
First aired on November 20, 1973, the Thanksgiving tv special has aired every year in November on CBS until 2001, where it has since aired every year on ABC TV. And no matter what, certain traditions are just too good to not have.