“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!”

6 Dec

One of the great things about the Christmas season are the classic Christmas movies that always make their way into today’s modern smorgasborg of channels. It’s funny how, that it’s evident that the more raunchy, the more sexed up, the more provactive our entertainment gets, there’s always these classic movies that bring us back to an age of morality, ethics, and just plain old goodness. Whether you are a Christian or not, you have to agree that movies used to be more moral. The message was clearer: good versus evil, love always prevails, moral values versus immoral values. Now, it’s definitely different. There’s bad versus evil, the reward for the immoral, the glorification of sin, death, and sex. I know its some lofty idea and a far fetched dream to want the age of morality back, but these Christmas movies are great reminders of the goodness Christmas brings – the real meaning of Christmas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. If you haven’t seen it, it is a must! Basically its this inner (somewhat outer) conflict of Charlie Brown. He feels depressed, sad during Christmas – and it’s all because he didn’t understand the true meaning of Christmas. While all his surroundings were getting “commercialized”, Charlie Brown didn’t find the joy of Christmas in the lights, the decorations, the plays, or the music. All the trappings of Christmas never brought him to the true joy of what Christmas is all about. So in exasperration, Charlie Brown says, “DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT?” (almost in an exhausted, last breath of life, tone). Enter Linus. I just love Linus. So in this scene, Linus takes center stage and proceeds to quote from the Bible, the real story of the Birth of Christ. He reminded Charlie Brown that Christmas wasn’t about the gifts, the decorations and all the trappings of Christmas. He was reminded that Christmas wasn’t about how him feeling good or cheerful. The real meaning of Christmas was, and will always be, the most amazing gift ever given: Jesus Christ. It was about the news of the Saviour of the World, Emmanuel, God with us, Councellor, Redeemer, the Lamb of God, the Word made Flesh dwelling among us. After Linus quoted the Bible, he turns to Charlie and says, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown”. Amen.

I wish that during the Christmas Party going on in New York (you know, the big one with all the stars, the floats and ballons), that Linus would just appear out of nowhere, and that everybody would be frozen in silence. I wish he would stand in the center of all the crowds, and while everybody stood in silence, I wish he would share the real Christmas story again. And at the end I wish he would say,”That’s what Christmas is all about, everybody!”

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