by Charles M. Schultz
Based on the 1965 television special produced by
Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez
Original Music by Vince Guaraldi
Adapted for The Christmas Library by Bil Scott
It was a crisp, sunny afternoon on the pond. Christmas was coming and everyone was having a good time, everyone, that is except Charlie Brown.
"I think there's something wrong with me," Charlie Brown said to Linus. "I just don't understand Christmas. I like getting presents, sending cards, decorating trees, and all that. But I always end up feeling sad."
"Charlie Brown, you're the only person I kow who could turn a wonderful season like Christmas into a problem," sighed Linus. "Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you are the Charlie Browniest!"
"Hello in there... Rats!" Charlie Brown said dejectedly. " Nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I know nobody likes me. But why does the holiday season have to rub it in?"
"Pigpen, you're the only person I know who can raise a dust cloud in a snow storm!" said Charlie Brown as he watched Pigpen work on his snowman.
Charlie was depressed. He decided to seek professional help. He dropped a nickle into the Doctor's can. After Lucy extolled the virtues of cold hard cash, Charlie Brown sighed. "I just don't understand Christmas. Instead of feeling happy, I feel sort of let down."
"You need involvement," said Lucy. "How'd you like to be the director of our Christmas play?
"ME, you want ME to be the director of the Christmas play?" Asked Charlie Brown.
"Sure Charlie Brown, you need involvement, we need a director. We've even got a Christmas Queen," said Lucy, with a big smile.