In 1963, “Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking” contained 15 vignettes from the Peanuts cast, with a joke or reflection about the season. The stories were originally created as a supplement for Good Housekeeping Magazine.
The second tale, “A Christmas Story,” was created in 1968 for Woman's Day. In this story, Lucy and Linus explain the meaning of Christmas to Snoopy.
Schulz's has long been associated with Christmas, since “A Charlie Brown Christmas” first aired in 1965. These stories, from the same era, represent similar charm.
According to the Charles M. Schulz Museum (www.schulzmuseum.org), the Peanuts comic strip was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide at the time of Schulz's retirement announcement in December 1999.
Schulz and Barks both died in 2000.