This piano-based piece has become a Christmas favorite thanks to its use on the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas
, where the Peanuts
characters sing the song. The vocal version runs 2:47, while an instrumental version goes 6:07.
Vince Guaraldi, who composed the tune, also wrote the score for the special, which is the famous Peanuts
theme music (the song is actually called "Linus and Lucy
"). Using jazz in a children's special was very unusual, but it was a brilliant choice, helping the special appeal to both kids and adults.