At the beginning of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown is in sad shape. It's Christmas, and he knows he should be happy, because the pond is open for skating and he likes getting Christmas cards, but something doesn't feel right, especially after Snoopy has entered a doghouse-decorating contest and his little sister is asking Santa Claus for money in the form of Hamiltons and Jacksons.
The commercialization of Christmas has left our hero searching for answers. For a five-cent co-payment—and the beautiful sound it makes rolling around in the can—neighborhood psychiatrist Lucy suggests some possible diagnoses for Charlie Brown's depression.
If you're not feeling it this holiday season, maybe you need to confront your fears. To that end, here are the six phobias that Lucy suggests as possible causes for Charlie Brown's depression in A Charlie Brown Christmas.