'Charlie Brown Christmas' stamps will brighten October mail

Posted at 12:53 PM, Sep 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-02 14:30:35-04

A new series of stamps inspired by "A Charlie Brown Christmas" will have fans of the classic TV special dancing when they pick up their mail this October.

The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the legacy of that beloved 50-year-old show by releasing a set of 20 stamps featuring images from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The new stamps go on sale Oct. 1 but can be pre-ordered now online.

The stamp designs were based on 10 moments from the show, including when Charlie Brown first saw the unimpressive sapling that would become his Christmas tree, and when Snoopy ice skated. All the designs can be seen here.

This collage shows all 10 stamp designs inspired by "A Charlie Brown Christmas." (Images © 2015 - USPS)


Why release the holiday-themed stamps in October? A release from the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday indicated the date coincides with the debut of Peanuts as a newspaper comic strip on Oct. 2, 1950. The fall release date is also beneficial for the Peanuts brand in general as the feature-length "Peanuts Movie" will hit theaters on Nov. 6.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" first aired on CBS on Dec. 9, 1965 and has been a staple of Christmas TV ever since.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.