Christmas Time is HereWords & Music by Lee Mendelson & Vince Guaraldi
Recorded by Vince Guaraldi, 1965
From the Peanuts Christmas TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas"*
C#m7 C#m7alt AM7 DM7 C#m7 C#m7alt AM7 DM7 Christ - mas time is here, hap - pi - ness and cheer, AM7 F#m Bm Bm7 Fun for all that chil - dren call Bm7/E D9 Dm6 Bm7-5 AM7/9 Their fav' - rite time of year. C#m7 C#m7alt AM7 DM7 C#m7 C#m7alt AM7 DM7 Snow - flakes in the air, car - ols ev' - ry - where, AM7 F#m Bm Bm7 Ol - den times and an - cient rhymes Bm7/E D9 Dm6 Bm7-5 AM7/9 Of love and dreams to share. A AM7 F#m DM7 A AM7 F#m DM7 Sleigh bells in the air; beau - ty ev' - ry - where; A AM7 C#m7-5 F#m Yule - tide by the fire - side D9 Bm7-5 Dm6 E7 And joy - ful mem' - ries there. C#m7 C#m7alt AM7 DM7 C#m7 C#m7alt AM7 DM7 Christ - mas time is here; fam'lies be draw - ing near; AM7 F#m Bm Bm7 Oh, that we could al - ways see Bm7/E D9 Dm6 Bm7-5 AM7/9 Such spi - rit through the year.
An instant classic from the moment of its first airing on December 9, 1965, the animated special won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for excellence in programming. Vince Guaraldi's jazz music track was an off-beat choice for a cartoon, but it was magic. Suggested by frequent visitor Bob A.
A recent e-mail from the lyricist's son confirmed for me that while the music was composed by Guaraldi, the lyrics were the work of Lee Mendelson.