I first saw "A Charlie Brown Christmas" when I was five. It was a big surprise to learn that it was made before my parents were born. This simple story never seems to lose its relevance. A Christmas special that openly embraces the religion behind the holiday. Imagine that. The jazzy music on its soundtrack is as much a Christmas carol to me as "Silent Night." And of all the Peanuts specials, cartoons and movies, this is the showing that best captures the spirit of the comic strip. I've always loved the Peanuts characters. They are funny and sad and strong and vulnerable. And sometimes they are downright wise.