Tonight, for the first time since high school, I managed to catch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on television. I’ve always preferred this one to A Charlie Brown Christmas, mainly because of Linus’s unwavering belief that true sincerity will be rewarded (for those of you who don’t know/remember, the Great Pumpkin visits children who wait patiently in the most “sincere” pumpkin patches and rewards them with toys). The taunting of his peers, the temptation of Halloween candy and parties, and the pumpkin’s failure to appear do not shake his resolve. Comfortable in his status as an outsider, Linus has been holding his vigil for 40 years now. I’m glad I happened to be around this evening for a nostalgic dose of Charles Schultz’s wry yet sweet storytelling.

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