Seasonal sadness hits hard right around the holidays. Though it has a few different names - holiday blues and winter blues are both common - many people are familiar with the melancholic feeling that can strike in November and December. A Charlie Brown Christmas even touched on the topic way back in 1965. The show is considered one of the most popular Christmas TV specials of all time.
The holiday blues are caused by stress, fatigue, over-commercialization, financial worries, loneliness, and unrealistic expectations that the holiday season is supposed to be cheerier than it feels. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz himself apparently had depression, too.
The animated classic A Charlie Brown Christmas works on a lot of levels. It doesn't just offer a look into the realities of seasonal sadness, but also shows viewers how to navigate the malaise that sometimes accompanies the holidays. A Charlie Brown Christmas is emotional and heartfelt. Since it clocks in at around 30 minutes, it doesn't take a considerable commitment to watch. The beloved special helps lonely people around the world feel a little more connected. If you've seen it a million times but never realized it takes an earnest look at sadness, try watching it with fresh eyes.
The Special Presents The Bleakness Of A Holiday We're Expected To Love
Charlie Brown Thinks The Holidays Prove No One Likes Him
Lucy Tries To Make Christmas About Her So She Can Feel Special
Charlie Brown Dislikes The Commercialization Of Christmas
Everything Charlie Brown Touches Gets Ruined
Even The Tree Is Sad