The classic A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first Peanuts animated television special. It became an instant Christmas classic, winning both an Emmy and a Peabody award. Done on a shoestring budget, it became a holiday staple which has been shown every year since its initial release in 1965. It also defined the classic theme song for all Peanuts specials thereafter, when Vince Guaraldi's classic jazz music became the Peanuts theme song.
Charles Shultz, creator of Peanuts, was not a fan of jazz and objected to Guaraldi's song in the original production. Despite Shultz's personal opinion, Guaraldi's song would become synonymous with Peanuts and with Charlie Brown.