It has now been over five years since ABC last aired It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.
While It’s The Easter Beagle might not be as well-known as either It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown or A Charlie Brown Christmas, it still doesn’t seem right not to air it. It’s the perfect conclusion to all of Peanuts holiday specials, tying up all the loose ends and building on the lessons of the previous specials. After giving Charlie Brown a hard time about serving popcorn and toast for Thanksgiving, Peppermint Patty discovers that it’s not so easy to prepare for a holiday at the last minute. After getting laughed at about the Great Pumpkin, Linus is proven to be correct about the Easter Beagle. After seeing his nest destroyed a countless number of times, Woodstock finally gets his own birdhouse. Even Lucy is proven right about Easter being the “gift-giving season,” even if the Easter Beagle is just returning to her the same eggs that she previously painted and hid. After not getting any cards on Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown still doesn’t get any eggs on Easter. Some things will never change.
Whether ABC realizes it or not, we all need the Easter Beagle in our lives. He rewards our hope and reminds us to never surrender our faith in whatever it is that we believe in. He brings happiness to all of the people of the world, or at least he tries to. There’s only so many eggs that can be put in one basket. He’s the Easter Beagle and things just aren’t the same without him.