My wife, Annie, and I try to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965) every year, and it was on last night. The 30 minute production including commercials reminds us that our culture has materialized Christmas and has forgotten what it is really about. Of course Schulz epitomizes this problem, when Charlie Brown, who has been frantically trying to keep up with the materialism around him, reaches his wits end, and cries out, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” and then Linus steps up and quotes Luke 2:8-14.
I’m always astonished that it is allowed to stay on the air, given the exclusive claims about Christmas it makes. The show ends with the Peanuts gang singing Charles Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” which has to be one of the more powerful carols in the repertoire, since it preaches so clearly the incarnation of the Son of God in Jesus Christ, the King, and the purpose for which he came: peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.
Anyways, I thought I would draw attention to it this year, and also point out that you may watch it online, probably for a limited time, here. Enjoy!