As for me, the only real Christmas program left today is A Charlie Brown Christmas. It still reminds us exactly what Christmas truly means.
There have been many deep discussions on the blogosphere about the hidden meanings in this heart-warming little cartoon. I believe that Charles M. Schulz and the writers simply wanted to remind us of what’s truly important at this time of year – why do we celebrate…how should we celebrate?
We see Snoopy trying to win the contest for best decorations, which he wins because…well, he’s Snoopy. We still call the over-decorated homes in our area “Snoopy’s Dog Houses”. We see Charlie Brown and Linus seeking out the perfect Christmas tree, only to have Charlie Brown’s heart revealed as he chooses the underdog. We see the children getting ready to put on a Christmas play as a frustrated director (Charlie) tries to keep them focused, only to have them break out in spontaneous dancing.
Frustration builds as he seeks to have the perfect Christmas (sound familiar)? Charlie finally loses his patience and yells, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!”
This is where it gets real – Linus knows…and he’s more than ready and willing to share.
“Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please?
And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
This may be the only piece of the Gospel some hear throughout the season and, perhaps, the year. To know that this little, simply drawn piece of animation can have the power to remind us all of what Christmas really means…well, that’s priceless.
Cue “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”.