The show was unconventional in many respects, including the retention of a very sophisticated jazz performer, Vince Guaraldi, for the soundtrack. In his late 30s at the time, he had just finished his groundbreaking work at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco. (Most modern jazz masses, which I love, are direct descendants of this performance.) Among the Peanuts pieces, Guaraldi is perhaps best known for Linus and Lucy, but the music goes far beyond that. I especially like his rendition of Christmas Time is Here. It's cheerful and relaxing with a touch of melancholy, and if we are honest we will admit that the holidays are not all sweetness. The full Christmas narrative in Christianity isn't all sweetness, either; and Guaraldi died in his 40s.
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Remember, Christmas is not just one day. It's a season that lasts through January 5.