“The whole Peanuts gang settles down for Thanksgiving. . .and Peppermint Patty is horrified.”

It was just after Snoopy’s misbegotten culinary efforts when the whole gang settles down for Thanksgiving…and Peppermint Patty is horrified to behold the menu items that Snoopy has served up. She gives a long, somewhat vindictive speech about how toast, pretzel sticks, and popcorn are not suitable Thanksgiving fare, about how the appropriate items must include cranberry, to the immense shame of Charlie Brown.

It is then given to Marcie to attempt to cheer him up (“Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck”), and to give the traditional Peanuts summary of the whole episode: “Those early pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and if they could be thankful, then we should be thankful, too.”. . .

Not really funny. . . so much as involving a recalibration of aspects of holiday living that are shallow, and replacing them, ever so gently, with more emotionally enduring perceptions about gratitude.

—From an essay, “Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving,” by Rick Moody in the book The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life.


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