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It's a Charlie Brown Christmas in Windsor

  • Patrick James, 3, stands with his Dr. Seuss themed tree at the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove in Windsor on Sunday, December 1, 2013. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

A Windsor woman's disappointment over being told she couldn't decorate a scraggly-looking cedar tree at the Town Green has turned into a beloved community tradition honoring the late Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz.

Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon at the Town Green to resurrect the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove, which in its fifth year has grown to include more than 200 trees.

The 5-foot noble firs pay homage to the scrawny tree that a certain boy settled for in the 1965 animated classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Windsor's Charlie Brown Christmas

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Karen Alves said she started the Windsor tradition in 2009 after town officials informed her she couldn't spruce up the lonely cedar in the Town Green with a red bulb and a string of lights.

"That was it. I went to the Schulzes and told them the story. They loved it," Alves said.

Craig Schulz, son of the late cartoonist, said Sunday at the grove that his father thought Christmas had already become too commercialized nearly 50 years ago when the TV special aired.

He said his father would have loved the Windsor event, which reflects a more pure expression of holiday spirit.

"It's been a tremendous success," Craig Schulz said while his wife, Judy, and a family friend decorated a tree with Peanuts ornaments.

People paid $50 for one of the firs, which are situated in the Town Green atop donated wine barrels. The decorating that took place Sunday reflected the diversity that has become a hallmark of the event.

Church groups, businesses, schools, government agencies and individual families were among those participating Sunday.


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