Update: Giveaway: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Expanded Edition)

Update: The winners and their favorite Charlie Brown Christmas memories are:

  • Jodi from Needham, MA: My favorite memory of watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special is when my husband and I watched it for the first time with our daughter. She was only 3 months old and completely unaware of what was happening but I remember feeling a really strong family bond at that moment as we huddled on the couch. I thought about how we had so many wonderful times ahead with her that would also remind us of our time as children.
  • Nicole from San Jose, CA: My parents like to tell the story about me as a 3-year-old (which wasin 1986 – this movie is timeless!) sitting in front of the tv with noclothes on and my head tipped all the way back singing "Hark the HeraldAngels Sing" like the kids in the movie do, complete with all of the"ooooooo’s" and everything (you know the part, where all you see aretheir mouths singing). Now as a running joke, my dad and I sing thesong in the same fashion anytime we see each other this time of year.
  • Amy from Kent, OH: My brother and Iwatched the Chralie Brown Christmas Special in the 1970’s. Mom would give us ourbaths and put on our pajamas. Then we could go back downstairs to watch thespecial. My dad always had the big Hershey’s bar and he would break off the rowof ‘H’s’ for me and the ‘E’s’ for Teddy. Then I think he’d eat the rest, lol. Mybrother and I would try to see if we could savor our chocolate and make it lastthrough the whole program- and this was before DVR’s and fast-forwarding throughcommercials!

For anyone who grew up during the ‘60s or who has ever seen the special, the music from the beloved animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas resonates with deep sentimental meaning. That swinging soundtrack by the Vince Guaraldi Trio is as much a part of our musical upbringing as the early Beatles, Stones and Dylan albums and has continued to register with successive generations in rebroadcasts every year since its 1965 premiere. Memorable melodies like the cheerful “Linus And Lucy,” the whimsically swinging “Skating,” the bittersweet “Christmastime Is Here” and the groovy boogaloo “Christmas is Coming” have become ingrained in our collective consciousness.

Like those Beatles, Stones and Dylan records, Guaraldi’s jazzy score has endured. Now, 41 years after its initial airing and 30 years after the pianist-composer himself passed away from a heart attack in 1976 at age 47, Fantasy is releasing a new Expanded Edition of this holiday favorite. Remixed in stereo using 24-bit remastering from the original tapes and featuring the original cover art reinstated with the approval of United Media and the Estate of Charles Schultz, A Charlie Brown Christmas includes four previously unissued bonus tracks by the Vince Guaraldi Trio (featuring Fred Marshall on bass and Jerry Granelli on drums).

Enter to win one of three copies of A Charlie Brown Christmas! Tell us a memory of watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special in an email along with your full name and mailing address to celebritybabyblog @ gmail.com. Make sure you put "Charlie Brown" in the subject line in order for your entryto be counted. Giveaway closes Friday, December 7 at 2 pm EST. Please remember toinclude your mailing address- if your address is not in the email, youare not eligible to win. (For giveaway terms & conditions, click here.)

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