A few weeks back you may recall we wrote something here bemoaning the fact that "Peanuts" holiday specials weren't going to air on television this year for the first time since the 1960s. What is the holiday season without Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang showing us how to properly celebrate?
The reason they weren't going to air was because Apple (the company that makes the iPhone) purchased the rights to put them on its new video streaming service Apple TV+. (We don't actually know anyone who uses it, but are assured it's a real product).
After an outcry on social media, Apple reversed course and cut a deal to put Linus and the gang back on our televisions. PBS affiliates will air "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, according to TV Insider.
Sadly, the deal comes a little late for folks to enjoy "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Maybe they can air that one next year. And although the Thanksgiving special is okay, it's the Christmas special we really love. There's just something about Linus quoting Luke 2:8-14 on the stage that gets us every time.
So whether it's a holiday miracle or just a technology company's PR division responding to social media, we're just glad to be able to watch Snoopy celebrate the holidays. It just wouldn't be right without him.