Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas According to the Peanuts

Linus is right. And though I repeatedly tease my dear wife about watching Christmas shows on TV that we already own on DVD, there is one Christmas show I always look forward to watching on TV: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown. Now, I am sure that ABC plays it out of sheer sentimentality. And that's fine to a point. There's nothing wrong with a little fun this time of the year. Christians are free to enjoy some of the trappings of the holy days, especially in good fun. However, that's not the chief reason I like watching Charlie Brown's Christmas on TV. This is the one place on TV where you can hear the Gospel according to Luke, the second chapter read on air without editing (at least until I heard a portion of the same reading from Luke 2 on Glee this week). And the bonus at the end of the whole show: the thought police at ABC have yet to scrub out the words of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing which include this fantastic line heard loud and clear by all who watch:

Hark! The Herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"

Linus is right. That - Charlie Brown - is what Christmas is all about.

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