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 unto 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 toward men.
The preceding is from the 2nd chapter of the Gospel of Luke, verses 8 through 14 from the Authorized King James Version.
If it sounds familiar, that is because it was popularized by the animated holiday feature, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” first airing on CBS back in 1965. The story touches on the over commercialization and secularism of Christmas, and served to remind viewers of what the true meaning of Christmas (The birth of Jesus Christ) is all about.
In the TV special, (during the key scene) Charlie Brown asks out loud “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?“, to which Linus replies, “Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.“. Linus then proceeds to center stage where at that moment, the spot light casts the attention upon him as he recite the verses from the Gospel of Luke. A very powerful and moving scene for what was considered then, a simple children’s animated TV special.
Thank you, Charles and Bill for this wonderful Christmas classic and for reminding us all of what the true meaning of Christmas is.
I wish you, your family and loved ones, a joyous and wonderful Christmas.