Tuesday, December 7, 2010

That's What Christmas is All About

(8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
(9) 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.
(10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
(11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
(12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
(13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
(14) Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace and goodwill towards men.

Gospel of Luke

It hard to believe that 45 years have passed since I first watched "Charlie Brown's Christmas" -- and I still love it. I think it may be the only Christmas cartoon that quotes from the Bible and says directly, "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

Around Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, transformed by love, the Peanuts gang sings "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". What a euphoric carol calling for Peace on Earth and Mercy Mild. Some things are timeless.

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