When I was growing up, one of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions was watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, the half-hour TV special (we watched it on VHS, lolz). I’m pretty sure my mom, brother, and I have it memorized at this point. If you’ve watched it even once, though, you know that one of the best parts of it is the soundtrack.
The Vince Guaraldi trio, comprised of piano, bass, and drums, is responsible for all of the music in the special and on the soundtrack. It’s a smooth jazzy sound that fits perfectly with the light-hearted animation and the heart-warming story. One of the classic tracks on the album (and in the special, of course) is the “Linus and Lucy” theme, better known as “that song from Charlie Brown that goes with all the dancing.”
Of course, the highlight of the special is the moment when Linus reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. I think we all need that sometimes.