It was shown in our Christmas Eve Church service, it earned a 50 share in the Nielsen Ratings on television, it is one of the most watched holiday specials every year but it almost never made it on to your TV. Lee Mendelson worked with Charles Shultz to create a Charlie Brown Christmas.

In 1965, Mendelson executive produced a Christmas special that immortalized Schulz's plucky "Peanuts" gang into holiday icons.

So how could something so beloved now almost not make the cut in the Mid 1960's? The answer might surprise you, please prop up your tiny tree and give a click below.

(via Interview with 'Charlie Brown Christmas' Producer Lee Mendelson - Yahoo! TV Blog.)