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December 23, 2011

From the Mouths of Babes…

Joe Charlebois

It’s quite easy. Really it can all be summed up in the words of a little boy.


“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 so(re) 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.’


“And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”


- Linus Van Pelt, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965 (TV Special)


A simple recitation from a small boy trying to focus the attention of his classmates on the true perspective and proper reflection of the celebration of Christmas sets an example for all of us this week.


Of course, it all started in a simple town, with two amazing people on an amazing journey, to a simple birthplace. A simple woman and a simple man brought into this world our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


This man – the son of God – has influenced the world like no other. He has spread a message of love and forgiveness that has been adopted by billions of followers since His birth. He has influenced the world through His teachings and wisdom framed by His heavenly Father.


As the years pass, less and less of this holiday pays heed to the “reason for the season,” which is the birth of Jesus.


Even in 1965, Charles M. Schulz was highly encouraged to abandon such a strong anti-commercialistic statement as well the as the direct Biblical references that Linus recites. When pushing back on his direction for the movie, he is quoted as saying: “If we don't do it, who will,” to Director Bill Melendez.


I’m glad that Mr. Schulz stuck with his original intent and kept Linus’ speech. Even Linus, who was never separated from his security blanket, drops it as he “fears not” anymore.


Merry Christmas!


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