A Charlie Brown Christmas

        We didn’t get into our stockings until the day after Christmas. Here’s the rule for the stockings at our house; nothing over ten bucks. My wife found “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for nine dollars.

        You might ask what an old man needs with a kid’s interactive book. Well, my wife sure knew. I sat there and read that thing, pushed the buttons to make the songs play, and laughed like a small child. Call me a sap if you like, I don’t care.

        You see, I was a Charlie Brown kinda guy, except I got lucky and married the little red-haired girl. As a kid I was a skinny boy; about as average as you can get. With the exception of a fair golf game I had no special athletic ability. I once was the leading scorer in a church league basketball game, (twelve points) and one time in Little League I hit a double off a future AAA pitcher. But truth was I had my eyes closed; he was so fast I couldn’t have seen the ball anyway. I just swung and got lucky.

        But bless her heart, my wife saw something in me. I just wasn’t a “pass gas, watch football, drink beer, make fun of people” kind of guy, but I was good with books, and she believed in me before anyone else other than my Mom and Dad and maybe my high school chemistry teacher. I owe her a lot.

        Today my daughter sat there, watched me read that book, and grinned.  “Daddy is just a large child.”

        Ain’t no changing a Charlie Brown kinda guy; just have to accept ’em for what they are. My son accepts me too, and he’s as tough as a pine knot as there ever was. 

        Maybe I am a sap, but the kids don’t make fun of me. If they did, they know what I’d say. “You better be glad for one time in history Charlie Brown managed to go out with the little red-haired girl, otherwise there wouldn’t be any you.”

        If anyone asks you what makes this old doc so serene, you tell ’em, “Well, he’s got Jesus and the little red-haired girl too. If you’d ever been a Charlie Brown you’d understand.”

        As Indie would say, “It ain’t no more complicated than that.”

Dr. B

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12 Comments on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

  1. Babs Says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS Charlie Brown and the red haired girl!

  2. dean eaton Says:

    It takes a Charlie Brown to know a fellow Charlie Brown. And we have been recognized! Thank God for the little red (and blonde) haired girls who love us just the way we are…

  3. jel Says:

    Still intouch with your interchild ani’t ya Dr. 🙂

    Charlie Brown was cool!

    hope y’all have a very blessed New Year!!!

  4. Cindy Lou Says:

    Well, Doc, I had a good Christmas too. However, I got stuck in Georgetown, SC. Snowed like crazy but it hasn’t stuck. The fear was the back roads between here and the interstate. All in all though, enjoying the comfort of my sister’s home with warmth, good food and lots of love. Wishing your family is enjoying the white stuff.

  5. Felix Miller Says:

    We all have an inner Charlie Brown, that is why the Christmas special is still running every year, 45 and counting, I believe. We found two stations carrying the show this year, so Barbara and I sat there like two kids, watching again. Linus’s recitation provoked the usual glad tears.

    We are glad your Christmas was blessed, and wish you and your family down in Harvey County a Happy New Year, Dr. B.

    • drtombibey Says:


      Amen. I’ve heard the network execs weren’t sold on it at first. Maybe they didn’t ever have any Charlie Brown in ’em. I think it’s more likely they did, but after they got rich they got above their raising and forgot where they came from.

      All the best to you and Barbara. See you in Chattanooga.

      Dr. B

  6. Reese Says:

    I sent a copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas to all of my friends and siblings this year. I believe there’s a little Chuck in all of us. Thanks for the post

  7. drtombibey Says:


    Yep. As long as there is hope for Charlie Brown there is hope for all of us. Appreciate your visit.

    Dr. B

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