Christmas time is full of traditions. In my family that includes decorating the entire house like Santa’s Workshop while listening to Anne Murray’s Christmas album (on vinyl, by the way), getting a new ornament each year, hanging the outdoor lights, and enjoying mom’s fabulous fruitcake (no seriously, it’s awesome).
Another tradition for me is watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. It just isn’t Christmas until I’ve sat with a mug of cocoa, the lights on our tree, hearing the soft jazzy music of the special—it just brings out the Christmas spirit.
In the special, Charlie Brown gets depressed about the over-commercialization of the season, which happens to many of us, especially after walking through the mall. After trying to direct the kids’ Christmas play, and hearing all the other children’s wishes for “things” for the holiday, Charlie Brown decides to get a Christmas tree. Instead of getting a pink aluminum Christmas tree as the other children tell him, he picks out a little real wooden tree. The one little red ornament he hangs makes it keel over.
Just when Good ol’ Charlie Brown thinks he can’t stand the stresses of the season, Linus repeats a passage from the Book of Luke about the Angel appearing to the shepherds “bringing tidings of great joy” for all people, that the Savior has been born (which I cannot watch without getting all teared up!). Charlie Brown realizes the real meaning of Christmas, and all the children decorate the little tree, giving it just a little love.
Watching this cute children’s show each year is a perfect reminder to us adults not to get caught up in the stresses of the Christmas season. Instead of getting depressed about not receiving many Christmas cards, or worrying about “things,” we need to be thankful for the reason for the season and the joy of this time of year.
Merry Christmas and God Bless!