December 8, 2008

A Christmas Tradition

Growing up in the 80's and 90's, Christmastime was full of TV specials. There were the classics such as Frosty and Rudolph, but also one featuring The California Raisins (anyone remember that one?) and another featuring Garfield. The one special I watched every year without fail was "A Charlie Brown Christmas" We would pop popcorn and make hot chocolate (marshmallows are a must) and watch the half-hour special.
While I grew too old for many of the things from my childhood, I continued to participate in this tradition through my teen years and even through college. A few years ago, DH bought me a DVD copy, just in case I'm ever unable to watch it on TV. I know this probably sounds silly, but for me, this really kicks off the Christmas season. The past 2 years, BB has been too young to be interested, but this year he will be just the right age to start enjoying this tradition for himself. Check out Frugal Upstate for more frugal holiday ideas!


  1. You didn't mention "The Christmas Story".

  2. Josh: That's because "A Christmas Story" is kinda dumb :)

  3. Yes! Someone else who remembers the California Raisins Christmas special! Those raisins could really sing...

    (I confess that when I heard a TV station was running a Christmas special every night of the month, my first thought was "How will they have enough -- maybe they'll even show the California Raisins one!" They haven't, though; I think it's lost to the 80's ....)

    This is my favorite week of Frugal Upstate's holiday series; I'm enjoying reading through the posts.

  4. This cracks me up! My husband and I were just talking about "The California Raisins" last night! My brother used to have the raisin figures and he would bring them with him to church and have them sing!

    We love Peanuts, too. This year, we all watched the Christmas special together on TV. It was funny to see the kids start to get the jokes and really enjoy it.


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