This is such a Christmas classic that I can't believe that no one has posted on it before!
I have been reading the "Complete Peanuts" hardbound books and have found many of the scenes from this spectacular show and wanted to look up the cast and crew to see where they are now. I know that Chris Shea, who voiced Linus, has died and wanted to find more info but none seems to exist! And yet, won't he live forever, that syrupy little kid's voice, blanket in hand, telling the whole gang as well as us viewers, the meaning of Christmas. I watch it at least once every season! Also, why do the "anniversary comemorative" t-shirts, plates, etc., show Peppermint Patty and Marcie (who hadn't been written in yet) and leave out Patty ( the original) and Violet (who WERE in the series as well as the special)? C'mon, you guys, get your comemoratives straight! (I love Peppermint Patty and Marcie, but that doesn't change the fact that they WERE NOT IN THIS TV SPECIAL!!