Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Here’s The World War I Flying Ace Edition

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Everyone has their rituals and and milestones to mark the passage of the year, but for me, the holidays aren’t fully in force until I’ve watched ‘Rudolph, The Red-Nose Reindeer’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’  (My mastery of pop culture required long hours with my babysitter, Maggie Navox, after all.)  This year marked the first time that my kid was old enough to ask why it was so important that we see it on network TV, since we also own the DVD version of the classic ‘Peanuts’ tale (to which the answer was “You’re grounded.  Go to your room.”)  She also asked who the background characters in the iconic dancing scene were (for the record: Shermy, Patty, Violet, 555 95472 and his twin sisters 3 and 4) and why the collections on the bookshelf are called ‘Peanuts,’ anyway.  (I’ve never had a good answer to that one.)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t deal in reality (anybody can do an internet search, after all) but wants your best conspiracy theories, tin-foil hat speculation and epileptic trees on this one, asking:
Why WOULD they call a strip about a friendless boy and his imaginative dog ‘Peanuts?’