Charlie Brown Agrees: Christmas Time Is Here

There are many traditions about Christmas that I love - caroling; decorating the house; Christmas morning breakfast with the kids before we touch a present...

But one of the things I look forward to every year is watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.  History says that the executives at CBS did not love the idea.  In fact they were vocal opponents of having the Bible read during the now famous scene with Linus.  Charles Schultz fought to have it left in - which obviously he won.  The iconic comic strip with the kids that never grow old, with no adults to squelch their fun except for a mumbling voice in the background and all the antics of the band of misfits is not the most amazing production ever but it has stood the test of time.  Perhaps one overlooked aspect of the show is that Linus, who notoriously carried his security blanket every where he went, finally let go of the blanket when he read the words "fear not".   I wonder how many of us truly grasp this concept.  

We can not make too much about Schultz's faith based on this show - his Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown episode seems to be more indicative of his belief in God and Christianity - "you will wait all night expecting something to happen and in the end it will let you down".  But, his Christmas special still is aired every year, all around the world, and it still has Luke 2 prominently read for all to hear each Christmas.  

Take a moment again this year - make this part of your holiday tradition.  Watch the show and be amazed at what Christmas is Really all about...