The True Meaning of Christmas

Wednesday, December 11, AD 2013

A Charlie Brown Christmas was first broadcast in 1965 on CBS.  I was 8 years old and I was stunned at the time by the passage of Linus quoting the Gospel of Luke in explaining the true meaning of Christmas.  Apparently CBS executives wanted to cut this passage out, but Charles Schulz, normally a fairly non-confrontational man, was adamant that it remain in.

That was the most important battle Schulz waged and won over this first of the Charlie Brown specials, but there were many others.  The CBS executives wanted a laugh track, they didn’t like using kid voice actors instead of adult voice actors and they thought that the jazz music throughout the show was too unusual for what they perceived as a show for kids.  When the show was finished the executives were horrified and thought they had a major flop on their hands.

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7 Responses to The True Meaning of Christmas

  • I was four years old when the televised versions came out.
    Luke’s passage and Linus proclaiming it brought tears to my eyes….still does.
    Thanks for the reminder.

  • “thought they had a major flop on their hands”

    How many times the ‘experts” have misunderstood and underestimated the people!

  • I too am a child of the 1960’s and I love this Christmas TV Special! Sadly, we will probably never see another “new” Christmas special for kids mention the nativity or Jesus. On a side note, I also love “The Little Drummer Boy”. Has anyone noticed they don’t run this anymore? And it’s the only Rankin Bass Christmas special that touches on Jesus and his birth. I haven’t seen it in years. I even wrote ABC earlier this week, and asked them why they are not running it during their 25 Days of Christmas, and they have not written me back yet.

  • Hooray for Charles Schultz!

  • Bob: “I even wrote ABC earlier this week, and asked them why they are not running it during their 25 Days of Christmas, and they have not written me back yet.”
    Let us all write.

  • That was a really nice post Donald. I always loved the innocence of Charlie Brown.

    It’s a shame they don’t run any Christ-centred Christmas specials this time of year. I remember 20 years back they would at least give us the token The Ten Commandments (ticking the biblical box). But today….nothing.

    This reminds me on abit of a side note- My 6 year old was sitting with me in the shopping centre today and remarked “Why did they cross out Christ” in reference to a Xmas Sale sign. “Don’t they know Christmas is about Christ?”

    She was disgusted.

    I was very proud.

    This is the same girl that stated bluntly, whilst watching the televised Mandela Memorial where a Sheikh gave a prayer tribute, “he’s going to be shocked when he meets Jesus in Heaven and finds out He IS the Son of God”. I nearly burst out laughing. I love the innocent truth from a child.

  • Ez.

    You rightly should be proud of your lul’ girl. The poor Christ….still being abandoned scorned and scourged.

    We can make reparations with our prayers and fasts. Jesus born in poverty make our hearts like unto Thine.

It’s Liberal Tolerance Charlie Brown!

Thursday, December 6, AD 2012

Most liberals prize tolerance, except when they have the opportunity to show some:

A church in Little Rock, Ark., canceled one performance of “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown”  after an atheist organization complained and said students should not be exposed  to a show with Christian themes as part of a school field trip.

Happy Caldwell, pastor of Agape Church, issued a statement on the church’s  website on Wednesday, stating that while he believes the school was within its  constitutional rights to bring students to the production, the church has  nevertheless decided to cancel a Friday showing for students.

“It is not our desire to put hard working, sacrificial teachers and cast  members in harm’s way,” wrote Caldwell. “What we want said is that we love our  city, our schools, parents and families. People are at the heart of the matter  to us.”

He also said Principal Sandra Register of Terry Elementary School took a  “courageous stand” when she decided not to cancel the trip after learning that  someone had complained about it.

The controversy began when a parent became upset at the school’s offer to  take students to the church to watch the play, which is based on the “A Charlie  Brown Christmas” cartoon and contains some Christian themes. Although the field  trip was optional, the woman planned to allow her daughter to attend the  production out of fear she would be singled-out by her classmates. The upset  mother also contacted the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers (ASF), the  organization that complained to the Little Rock School District on her  behalf.

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  • “…filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:29-32

  • That’s the thing… somehow, conservatives seem to always take the high road & do what’s best for themselves, never wanting to ruin someone else’s good time. I homeschool, but I do know that if my kids were in school & they were having Let’s All Celebrate the Gays or Muslims, I’d keep them home that day. I keep them home & teach them everyday becasue I don’t want them exposed to any of that in the first place. I don’t go around forcing everyone else to miss out on the filth they expose their children to by protesting the schools. Some people have way too much time on their hands.

  • Only the dead have seen the end of liberalizm.

  • On a related note, a California management company is telling the residents of a senior’s apartment complex that there can be no Christmas stuff in the common areas.

  • One of the commenters on that thread Paul referred to this as Christophobia. Naw! Plain old hatred of the Cross.

  • Atheist Mom was reluctant to just quietly withdraw her daughter from the field
    trip because she didn’t want to draw classmate’s attention to her. What does she
    think those classmates feel about the girl now?

    I suspect this incident has little to do with the daughter, and everything to do
    with Atheist Mom’s need to feel victimized and somehow morally superior.
    What is the girl learning about her mother from all of this?

  • You aunt seen nothin yet. Wait till you see what Obama has planned for the next four years now that traitorous Americans have made him a socialist tyrant. Will there be anything left worthwhile in America?

  • Robert.
    Yes! What will be left is the “comrade pale.”
    Govt. Cheese, dried milk and a copy of Obumbsteads “my plan.”
    Pick up your pale during the first week of November 2016 at the mosque closest to you.
    And you didn’t think a Third Term was possible?

  • Amen Paul. A Nation that has kicked God out of the window and enthroned Satan and embraced everything evil is under God’s Judgement. Let us remain on our knees for your beloved country and God will bring Good out of the Evil now running amok everywhere

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