GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — It’s hard to imagine a children’s television show more directly responsible for the death of a consumer product line than “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
It’s the story of an awkward and humble boy’s attempts to find the true meaning of Christmas.
It resonated with 1965 television audiences in a way no other children’s programming had before.
It also nearly single-handedly broke the aluminum Christmas tree industry.
But let’s back up a little.
Every good story has a beginning, and this one begins a few decades earlier. Artificial Christmas trees have been in existence in one form or another for nearly 150 years.