Some people love A Christmas Story, and I’m pretty partial to Home Alone (don’t judge me), but I think it’s pretty clear that the greatest contribution American film and television has made to the holiday spirit is A Charlie Brown Christmas. The score, the characters, the tree, it’s the perfect, existential greeting card of the season, and though you may have never imagined you could see it in real life, you can, thanks to the fifth Annual Charlie Brown Christmas show at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Each year the crew and cast–who mimic the gestures and voices of the animated version to a hilarious tee—donate their time and efforts without pay so that all the proceeds after the cost of the production go to the Children’s Aid Society; this year proceeds go to Sandy relief. Saturday and Sunday are the last two days of this family-friendly performance with three 30-minute shows at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm each day. Tickets are only $11, so there’s really no excuse to miss seeing Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang come to life, as a jazz trio performs that incredible, unforgettable score.–V.R.