A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Quotes

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"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" serves up some surprisingly poignant and often funny quotes about Turkey Day. The "Peanuts" characters, including Lucy, Linus, Patty, Sally, Marcie, and of course, Charlie Brown, maybe youngsters, but they provide plenty of thoughtful wisdom about Thanksgiving traditions like football, turkey and pumpkin pie.

Of course, the words are put into their animated mouths by creator and writer Charles M. Schulz, who was just five days shy of his 51st birthday when the special aired in 1973. It won him the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming. It continued to air every Thanksgiving on CBS until 2000, the year that Schulz died, and then on ABC.

Enhance your Thanksgiving dinner conversation with some of these pithy quotes from the TV special, which is also available on DVD and streaming video.

Thanksgiving History

  • Linus: "In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought 90 of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: 'We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.' "

Expressing Thanks

  • Peppermint Patty: "Are we going to have a prayer? It's Thanksgiving, you know."
  • Marcie: "Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. We should just be thankful for being together."


  • Lucy: "But Charlie Brown, it’s Thanksgiving. One of the greatest traditions we have is the Thanksgiving Day football game and the biggest, most important tradition of all is the kicking off of the football."
  • Lucy: "Isn’t it peculiar, Charlie Brown, how some traditions just slowly fade away."
  • Charlie Brown, after singing 'Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother's House We Go': "Well, there's only one thing wrong with that...My grandmother lives in a condominium."

The Food

  • Charlie Brown: "I can't cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast."
  • Peppermint Patty: "Look at this! Is this what you call a Thanksgiving day dinner? Did we come across town for this? We're supposed to be served a real Thanksgiving dinner!"
  • Peppermint Patty: "What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this? Where's the turkey, Chuck? Don't you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners? Where's the mashed potatoes? Where's the cranberry sauce? Where's the pumpkin pie?"

Uninvited Guests

  • Marcie to Peppermint Patty, after they "crash" Thanksgiving dinner at Charlie Brown's house: "Wait a minute, Sir; did he invite you here to dinner? Or did you invite yourself and us too?"


  • Sally: "Why don't you come along, Linus? We could hold hands under the table."


  • Charlie Brown: "We've got another holiday to worry about. It seems Thanksgiving Day is upon us."