Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dr. Seuss vs. Charles Schultz

I love watching the Christmas cartoons every year. They take me back to my childhood when I first saw them. Two of my favorites are "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." But this year, I've realized that they show two different views about what makes Christmas special.

The Grinch did learn a valuable lesson: Christmas comes without ribbons, tags, packages, boxes, or bags. It doesn't come from a store. "As long as we have hands to clasp," runs the song in the video version. It implies that the spirit of Christmas is the spirit of family and community.

So is that what we are celebrating when we celebrate Christmas? Family? Friends? Communities? Peace? Love? Giving and generosity? All those are wonderful things. But, what if I had no family? or friends? What if my community were torn by strife and hatred? What if I had nothing to give? Where do these good things come from?

I think Charlie Brown learns a deeper message. Linus recites:

And there were in the same country shepherds, keeping watch over their flocks by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shown 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 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 towards men."

(Luke 2:8-14)

Charles Schultz got it right. The Savior and His divine mission is what gives meaning to the holiday season. He is the "true vine," the source of all those good things we enjoy at Christmas. We celebrate Him and His divine mission.

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

Merry Christmas, Everyone!


PJ Productions said...

You also got it right! Thank you for the sweet card and beautiful angel. It is just what our little tree needed.

carizolli said...

Beautifully put. Thanks Kathy (and Linus *teehee*).

I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the uplifting message and reminder about the importance of the Savior in our lives. It is nice that there are still some shows that talk about Christ. (I am glad for family at the holiday season too, though) :)

LeaAnne said...

Beautiful post Kathy.
I like to watch the holiday shows and remember that excitement when I watch my kids watching them.. I love ya pal.

quincy said...

What a great post! Leaanne told me I had to come and check it out! The Peanuts are celebrated in our home everyday! Linus got it right, for sure! Hope you had a great Christmas!
If you want to see our blog, email me at quincybrandt@hotmail.com and I'll add you to the list. I went private after some weird blog-stalking.