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Peanuts V dayI love Peanuts!! I’m excited to share that I am a 2016 Peanuts Brand Ambassador. The post below is one of the many that I’ll be excited to share with my readers this year. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m going to share how you can fall in love with The Peanuts Gang all over again!!! Check out some fun details about Valentine’s Day below and some awesome comic strips. Plus, scroll down and see what you could win in the Giveaway package.

THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, FALL IN LOVE WITH THE PEANUTS GANG—ALL OVER AGAIN!

How do I love thee, Snoopy? Let me count the ways… Whether it’s watching A Charlie Brown Valentine, reading (and re-reading) a favorite Peanuts book, or enjoying some Whitman’s chocolate packaged with a Snoopy plush, every Valentine’s Day millions of fans around the world find a variety of ways to share their love of the Peanuts gang.

Here’s how this love affair began:

My Funny Valentine:

Over the years, Charles Schulz created dozens of Valentine’s Day-themed comic strips. Many of the strips revolve around Charlie Brown’s eagerness to receive valentines…only to be disappointed, every. single. time. In several of the strips, Charlie Brown watches forlornly as Snoopy sits atop his doghouse reading his stacks of valentines—while his own mailbox remains doggedly empty.

Comic Strip 1At other times, Charlie Brown’s stomach is in knots as he focuses on getting a valentine from the Little Red-Haired Girl or giving one to her, but he never quite manages to get up the nerve to approach her.

In real life, the Little Red-Haired Girl was a co-worker of Schulz’ named Donna Johnson Wold. Wold and Schulz eventually became romantically involved and dated for three years, but in 1950 when Schulz proposed to her, she turned him down, saying she was already engaged. Schulz was devastated, but he and Donna remained friends for the rest of his life.

Comic Strip 2

Most recently, the Little Red-Haired Girl took center stage in the critically acclaimed The Peanuts Movie, which debuted in November 2015. The film marks the first time the character, voiced by Francesca Capaldi of Disney’s “Dog with a Blog,” speaks.

Comic Strip 3Other recurring stories of unrequited love include Lucy pestering Schroeder for a valentine and Sally pursuing Linus (in vain) by giving him a valentine.

Sally’s pet name for Linus, “Sweet Babboo,” was inspired by Schulz’ wife, Jeannie Schulz, who called her husband the same thing. Linus apparently feels differently about the pet name than Schulz did—almost every time Sally uses the term of endearment, Linus screams, “I’m not your Sweet Babboo!”

Love is On the Air

There are two primetime TV specials devoted to Valentine’s Day.

The first one, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, is the 13th special based upon the popular comic strip. It originally aired on CBS on January 28, 1975 and now airs every year on ABC. In this special, the whole gang experiences holiday heartbreak:

Lucy tries to get Schroeder to like her. Sally, thinking that Linus gave her a gift, tries to get him something great so that he will love her. Linus tries to tell his teacher, Miss Othmar, that he loves her. Charlie Brown desperately wants to receive a valentine. In the end, everybody is disappointed. Charlie Brown is finally cheered up when he gets a used valentine from Violet the next day, hoping that her pity valentine will start a trend and he will get even more valentines the following year.

After this episode was originally aired, children all over America sent valentines to Charlie Brown out of sympathy.

The second TV special, A Charlie Brown Valentine, is the 40th It was initially broadcast on February 14, 2002 on ABC (where it continues to air now).

In this special, Charlie Brown attempts to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl.

After numerous failed efforts, he finally works up the courage to call her to ask her to the Valentine’s Day dance. But he dials the wrong number and reaches Peppermint Patty instead.

At the party, Charlie Brown tries to dance with the Little Red-Haired Girl, but then realizes she is already dancing with Snoopy. At the end of the day, Charlie Brown is upset that he didn’t get to dance with the Little Red-Haired Girl, and didn’t even receive one valentine. Just then, Snoopy brings Charlie Brown a valentine—but the special ends there, and it is not revealed who the valentine is from!

A Charlie Brown Valentine is one of the first to depict the Little Red-Haired Girl in full view, though she remains unnamed and does not speak.

A Charlie Brown Valentine was the first Peanuts special to be produced after Charles Schulz’ death, as well as the first without Schulz on the production team.

Tokens of Affection—Peanuts Style

Every year, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang can be found on hundreds of different Valentine’s Day gifts, including cards, plush, books, candy and much more.

This year, for the first time, Oriental Trading is offering an array of colorful Peanuts toys, party supplies, and crafts for Valentine’s Day.

Also new are adorable Peanuts Pez and a ready-to-read book, called Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown, from Simon and Schuster. And, returning by popular demand, are Whitman’s chocolates featuring a Snoopy plush, A Charlie Brown Valentine DVDs from Warner Home Entertainment, and holiday cards from Hallmark.

Here’s the package I received:

Fall in Love with the Peanuts Gang this Valentine's Day

Included was:

  • Oriental Trading’s treat box to color
  • Crayons and stickers
  • Snoopy and Woodstock Pez
  • Simon and Schuster’s Happy Valentine’s Day
  • Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Valentine from Warner Home Entertainment
  • Whitman’s chocolates featuring a Snoopy plush
  • Valentine card from Hallmark.

I am excited to offer ONE This N That with Olivia reader a giveaway package of their own including ALL of the above. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below! The winner must be 18+ older and reside in the USA to be eligible. Giveaway winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. This N That with Olivia is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Anna Pry

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

the movie, great for watching on family movie night

Darlene Ysaguirre

Monday 1st of February 2016

I think my girls would love the pez candy.

Mandee

Sunday 31st of January 2016

Snoopy, of course! Well, and the fact that my boys will be happy, happy, happy!

Daniel Scott

Sunday 31st of January 2016

The stickers will be a hit in this house and the Pez dispensers will go to a friend that collects them.

Jenny Q.

Sunday 31st of January 2016

My kids and I would love watching the Peanuts movie. They enjoy having a movie night!

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