Meaning of Christmas

One of our all time favorite Christmas television specials is “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.  In the show, Charlie Brown, frustrated by everyone seemingly not knowing or paying attention to the true meaning of Christmas shouts out:  “. . . Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”          Linus, dragging his blanket,  then calmly walks onto the stage and says: “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.  Lights please.” (stage lights fade as spotlight highlights Linus)

“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 people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, 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. (stage lights ramp back up)

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