Charles Schulz gambled in creating an animated comic strip based on bible verses. Bible is something sacred. It was never done before. But for Schulz bible verses are not just for Church, it’s for everyone. So he put his whole heart and soul into making the Charlie Brown Christmas emphasizing what Christmas is all about.
“Is there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about!” neurotic Charlie Brown exclaimed.
Who else has an answer but his little brother Linus.
Linus is the philosophical one with innate wisdom knows the true meaning. His monologue evokes the best qualities of the religious of Christmas.
On December 9, 1965 Charlie Brown Christmas was aired. In those days, there were only three networks. It was the second most watched show next to Bonanza. An enormous success, popular, long-lasting and the most re-run show every year.
This is the genius of Schulz. It is good today as it was 49 years ago. I must admit this is the first time I’ve seen this clip and I will make sure I will watch it this Christmas.
Linus’ explanation was taken from the Book of Luke Chapter 2 verses 8 to 14 of the King James Version.
8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And this is what Christmas is all about.