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Don't Miss It: 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Airs Tonight

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Each family has their own Christmas traditions, their private ways of ringing in the holidays together.

But what makes this time of year so special are the traditions we all share - like shopping for presents, listening to Christmas carols, and settling in on the couch for a holiday special.

The one special that everyone looks forward to each and every December, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is finally airing tonight, so you can bet people across America are setting their PVRs.

Charlie Brown Christmas
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The special will air on ABC tonight (Thursday, December 20) at 8 p.m. E.T.

In case you missed your chance to watch the special live this year, you can rent or buy a digital copy of it from just about every service under the sun, including Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.

If you need even more Charlie Brown this year, you're in luck, as Christmas is not the only special starring the lovable loser ABC will air.

I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown will air on Friday, December 21, at 8 p.m. E.T. It follows Linus and Lucy's younger brother, ReRun, as he tries to get a dog of his own.

Charlie Brown Christmas
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After Christmas, the Peanuts gang will be back again in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, on Thursday, December 27, featuring a pair of adventures starring Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty.

There's still plenty of time to rent or buy the special before Christmas, but watching it live is something special.

After all, the hour-long film has been airing once a year since it premiered way back in 1965, so for many families it's their oldest Christmas tradition.

Will you be watching the Christmas special tonight?

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