postheadericon That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Someone asked me this week what my favorite Christmas show was. Hmm. Now there's a tough question! Christmas movies are some of my favorites! I love "Miracle on 34th Street," "Love Actually," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "The Muppet Christmas Carol," "Elf," and, of course, "A Christmas Story." But I also love those classic TV Christmas specials like Rudolf and Frosty. But of all of those, I think my favorite Christmas program to watch is still "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

It first aired 16 years before I was even born. Heck. My parents were only 8 when it ran on CBS in 1965! But it's a classic. I think what I love about it has a completely sincere and honest message. It doesn't water it down, but puts scripture right in your face. The truth of Christmas rings loud and clear.

The most powerful moment, at least for me, is the monologue that Linus delivers. Most of it actually comes from the book of Luke, but there is something about that little voice that just melts me every time I hear it. And I'm lucky enough to get to hear it plenty! A few years back, my mom gave me one of those talking Hallmark cards for Christmas. It has Linus on the front, and when you open it up, you get to hear his whole speech. I love it! I pull it out of my decorations box every Christmas and I feel the excitement of Christmas morning over this little card. The simplicity of the Christmas story out for the world to see and hear.

I think the other thing that gets me is Linus as a character. He always carries around his blanket. It's definitely his security blanket. He's holding it all the time in Peanuts. But, if you watch the clip of this monologue, he actually drops the blanket starting when he recites Luke 2:10, which says, "Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy." I think that's pretty cool just by itself. But there is so much more!�Without further ado...

Charlie Brown asks, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!" Linus replies...

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 good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all 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, good will toward men.
That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
I'd say that pretty much nails it. Jesus is who lies at the heart of Christmas. He is what Christmas is all about.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
- Luke 2:11

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0 # LauraRing 2010-12-16 08:20
I wholeheartedly agree!
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0 # Ingy 2010-12-16 10:04
This is perfect! I'm amazed the card still you!
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0 # Janet 2010-12-16 10:29
Thanks, Mom :)
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0 # Christine 2015-12-16 13:42
I have the very same card -- given to me by my oldest son a number of years ago, who, sadly, passed away this past June. We keep it with our Christmas decorations and bring it out every year. The sound gave up a couple of years ago, but my son had rigged it up to keep working. It now means more than words can every express to all of us. We love you, Mikey!
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