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Monday, December 25, 2006

"Does anyone know what Christmas is all about?"

I apologize for a lack of posting in the last few weeks. I've been busy with final exams. Yet, during the busy holiday season I did find some time to reflect on what the Christmas season is all about. I did this while watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas", it is in fact quite insightful.

My good friend, Linus answers the question of poor Charlie Brown, who has become concerned without the commercialization of Christmas.

In the film Charlie Brown shouts "Does anyone know what Christmas is all about?!"

The lights fade and a spot comes up on the young man with a red shirt and light blue blanket, Linus. He responds with a quote from the King James Bible.

"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. That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."

While I don't mean to force religion down people's throats, I do want people of all faiths to realize that Christmas is more than decorations, elves, and presents. It is about the birth of Jesus. While all the other stuff is a part of the Christian tradition, it is not all commercial, although it may seem that way at times.

So, I ask that today you (if you celebrate) take a page from Linus and the gang and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.


  • exactly. Christmas isn't about Santa Clause; it's a birthday party.

    By Blogger Lynette, At 11:37 PM  

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