One of the real highlights of Christmas is the presentation of the animated classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. When Charles Schulz started thinking about creating this television possibility, all the major networks were hesitant. Finally, one network agreed, so the cartoonist proceeded.
Everybody has favorite parts of the classic. We love to see Lucy’s reaction as Snoopy kissed her. We all felt bad for Charlie Brown when the gang turned on him and called him a “blockhead.”
My favorite part of the classic is when a frustrated Charlie Brown steps up and cries out, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Then Linus comes out to center stage, requests the spotlight, wraps his blanket around his head, and begins reciting Luke 2, the story of Jesus’s birth. Linus then says, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Linus got it right! That is what Christmas is really about!
I have always been inspired by the boldness of Charles Schulz to include Charlie Brown’s question and Linus’s answer. I have read that while A Charlie Brown Christmas was being developed, the producers again warned Schulz that including the Luke 2 scene in the special would probably jeopardize its marketability. Some of the experts were convinced that the religious message would definitely cause it to be rejected by the networks.
I love Charles Schulz’s response. Those warnings did not deter him. He had conviction. His answer was a question, “If not us, then who is going to do it?”
We are at a point in history today where we need to stand up and share the real meaning of Christmas. We can’t let commercial enterprises or people committed to secular values keep us from correctly answering Charlie Brown’s question!
In December 2016, a nurse’s aide, Dedra Shannon, at Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas, was told she had to remove a homemade poster featuring Linus, a scrawny tree, and the Biblical recitation of the true meaning of Christmas. She was basically told that Linus could stay but Jesus and the Bible stuff had to go. Dedra Shannon refused to compromise her Christian belief.
When Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, heard about it, he acted. He cited the “Merry Christmas Law of 2013” which prevented this kind of discrimination. Paxton said to leave the poster up.
I love the way Todd Starnes reported the situation: “Ken Paxton decided it was time to jingle somebody’s bells. He dropped a big Yuletide Truth bomb on Killeen Independence School District. His message was that you don’t mess with Texas, and you don’t mess with Christmas, or you might just find your tinsel in a twist!”
I’m glad that Linus, the nurse’s aide, the Attorney General of Texas, and many others have stepped up to correctly answer the question that Charles Schulz asked. May God increase their tribe!
Here are two quiz questions for Christmas: “What is Christmas all about?” and “If not us, then who is going to do it?” What are your answers?
What grade will God give you on your answers to this Christmas quiz?