Friday, October 22, 2010

Must Watch Friday - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

It is a fact blogversally acknowledged that The Pink Heart Society editor Jenna Bayley-Burke doesn't get out much. By the time you wrangle a babysitter for two boynados and a diva...well, it's hardly worth it anymore. But, there is one things she looks forward to every year...


In our house, one thing signals the beginning of the holidays. Charlie Brown. He's the one and only TV program everyone will sit down together for. And it all begins with It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Unchanged since 1966, it follows the Peanuts gang as they prepare for Halloween - the parties, the trick-or-treating, the Great Pumpkin.

"This is the time of year to write to the Great Pumpkin. On Halloween Night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children!" - Linus

The little ones are still interested in learning the story, the tall boy isn't yet too old for the humor, and Hubba Bubba & I like that we can all get cozy on the couches and simply be. It begins a season of togetherness that includes A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and ends with Be My Valentine Charlie Brown. (Yes, there is the Easter Beagle...but like most Jews we go along with Christmas and tend to ignore Easter beyond the Cadbury mini eggs)

Family movies are a great activity everyone can do together, from the toddler to the Dad tired from raking leaves. They also provide good conversation starters. We always talk about the scene where Lucy says:

Charlie Brown, if you got an invitation, it was a mistake. There were two lists, Charlie Brown: one to invite, and one not to invite. You must have been put on the wrong list.

It really helps them see how sometimes it's better to be kind than to be right.

But this is a blog for romance lovers, so I feel I should mention the ever present love affair of Sally & Linus. Sally decides to forego her first ever trick-or-treating to stay with Linus at the pumpkin patch, awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. But this is a series, so at the end there must be a black moment that tears our young lovers apart so they may reunite in a later movie. So, the Great Pupkin never arrives...and Sally leaves Linus alone in the pumpkin patch.

I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, when I could have been out for tricks or treats. Halloween is over, and I missed it! You blockhead. You kept me up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, and all that came was a beagle. I didn't get a chance to go out for tricks or treats. And it was all your fault. I'll sue! What a fool I was! I could have had candy apples and gum and cookies and money and all sorts of things, but no, I had to listen to you. You blockhead. What a fool I was. Trick or treats come only once a year. And I missed it by sitting in a pumpkin patch with a blockhead. YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION!

Ah, young love.

Jenna Bayley-Burke is a best selling author recently featured on Good Morning America. Kinda. Compromising Positions made the best seller list for Kindle for a few weeks, and GMA did their daily top ten list of Kindle bestselling ebooks and Compromising Positions made the list. But doesn't it sound better the first way? Keep up with Jenna's spin on things on her website & blog.

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