'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Honored With 50th Anniversary Stamps

Most everyone knows the beloved Charlie Brown and the rest of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts characters.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas which originally made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.  Initially sponsored by Coca-Cola, the special aired on CBS from its debut in 1965 through 2000, and has aired on ABC since 2001. For many years it aired only annually, but is now telecast at least twice during the Christmas season. The special has been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody award.

Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a school Christmas play, but he is both ignored and mocked by his peers. The story touches on the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas. (Fun Fact: Linus recites Luke 2:8-14

The U.S. Postal Service has decided to gave the animated special an early 50th birthday present that doubled as a holiday gift to the public.  On Oct. 1, a special booklet of 20 Peanuts stamps, featured 10 still frames from A Charlie Brown Christmas, were dedicated at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in California. Order your booklets now at USPS.com

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” now stands as the longest-running cartoon special in television history.

On each stamp, the words "FOREVER USA" in the same font used in the Peanuts comic strip appear in the top right corner or along the left edge.

Art director Antonio Alcala designed the stamps.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is being issued as a First-Class Mail® Forever® booklet. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.


Made in the USA

Issue Date: October 1, 2015

SKUs featured on this page: 680204

Issue Date: October 01, 2015

Art Director/Designer:Antonio Alcala