Linus, and Saint Luke, Say It All

As an explanation of why we celebrate Christmas each year, the above video is superb and concise.

The words of Linus are of course taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke:

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 sore 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.

When I was a boy the Charlie Brown Christmas Special was my favorite TV Christmas Special.  As a man, I agree.

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  1. Thanks for the memories.

    I noticed the ABC logo on the clip. Then I pondered on the Hate Speech tool fashioned by the liberal maladjusted.
    Could Linus be threatened with hate speech? He could in this day and age.

    Sunday nights after dinner mom would break out the ice cream for her sons.
    We would watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom…then Walt Disney feature. The days of four channel’s on the 19″ color TV. Walt Disney was on the side of Light. The Dark side hadn’t conquered his studio yet. The old days.

  2. This Christmas special is the best. The next best is the Grinch. Charlie Brown’s Christmas has the passage from St. Luke. Grinch has the Polish Christmas Carol and the Whos who celebrate Christmas without any presents.

    Both have great music, Charlie Brown’s Christmas has the unforgettable piano piece with the kids dancing and Grinch has Boris Karloff singing. Unbeatable.

    Next best is Snow Miser and Heat Miser. I have always loved those songs.

  3. Notice how Linus was not worried about offending atheists, agnostics, Islamists, Hindus, or other non-believers? He merely explained what we celebrate without apology – LOVE IT!

  4. This show has been on since 1965. Of course, I was only three and did not start watching it until at least two years later. I am now 52 and have been watching it almost every year; I also have it on DVD. If I live to be 92 I will STILL be watching it.

    As I understand it, Charles Shultz had to fight “tooth and nail” to keep this scene in because even back then it was controversial.

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