Wednesday, November 26, 2008
My usual Tuesday night routine is to watch my TiVod Gossip Girl, but since Gossip Girl did not air this week I settled for watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
I had low expectations for the holiday classic that I've seen many times before. Charlie Brown serves his friends pretzel sticks and jelly beans amongst other delicacies and then they all realize the true meaning of the holiday (unforeseen I know, I prefer the Christmas version with the reject Christmas tree).
After the classic Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, ABC broke out a Charlie Brown film I've never seen before, The Mayflower Voyagers. Living half an hour from Plymouth, Massachusetts, it takes an impressive story on the pilgrims to catch my attention. I have seen the Plymouth Rock and Plymoth Plantation on far too many school field trips. For all who live nearby, I'm sure you can relate that the area loses it's historical significance after a night of Margaritas at the Cabby Shack down the road.
But, The Mayflower Voyagers, as cheesy as the name sounds, was an simple recap of the story of the pilgrims and the hardships they endured on the first Thanksgiving. When I think Thanksgiving, I think food and shopping. So it was nice to have a little reminder of the historical significance of the holiday. Those days of dressing up as Pilgrims and Indians just aren't around any more (they are actually banned in most schools I believe) and sometimes you just need a classic American cartoon to get the message through.
In case you missed the special, it's on again tomorrow at 8 p.m. on ABC. I'm a pretty big advocate for holiday movies in general, so I was happy to find this holiday TV schedule guide as well!