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That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

The Christmas season is upon us. Undoubtedly, many of you have already begun your Christmas shopping and are eager to receive the presents placed on your lists. In light of the season, I was feeling a little sappy, and thought we could warm up to some good old Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). Depressed by the commercialism infecting Christmas, Charlie Brown struggled bitterly to find happiness around the holiday season.  Sure he was getting gifts, his friends were excited and singing, and they were all working on their student play, but none of it could make him happy.

After a series of embarrassing events leading to more despair, Linus, with his security blanket in hand, explained to Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas he didn’t realize he needed to hear:

“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 tidings of great joy, which shall be to all my 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, and good will toward men.’ 

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

I know it is sappy, it is cheesy, but sometimes, a cartoon child says things better than anyone else can.  Merry Christmas to everyone from The IUSB Vision, we are happy you stayed with us this semester.  Have a safe and happy holiday.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

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