A Humble Christmas: A Christmas Sermon
''And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger'' (Luke 2:12).
MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
My favorite Christmas special is A Charlie Brown Christmas. It first aired on December 9, 1965 and was based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz.
A Charlie Brown Christmas was the second-ever Christmas special. (The first was Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.)
It was originally sponsored by Coca-Cola. Have you ever noticed that the last few words of ''Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'' fade out abruptly, cutting out the last few words? That's because at that moment a voice used to say, ''Brought to you by the people in your town who bottle Coca-Cola.''
CBS executives were convinced that it would be a complete flop because of its lack of professional voice actors, its jazz score, and its absence of a laugh track.
CBS executives also pleaded with Schulz to remove the recitation from the Gospel of Luke. But Schulz replied, ''If we don't tell the true meaning of Christmas, who will?''
WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT
A Charlie Brown Christmas begins with Charlie Brown depressed about Christmas. He says to his friend Linus, ''I think there must be something wrong with me. I just don't understand Christmas, I guess. I might be getting presents and sending Christmas cards decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel.''
Surprisingly, Charlie Brown is chosen to be the director of the Christmas play. As they are practicing for the play, Charlie Brown decides they need a Christmas tree. But the sad, little tree he brings back is mocked by all the children.
Charlie Brown asks, ''Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?'' Linus an-swers, ''Sure, Charlie Brown. I can tell you what Christmas is all about.'' And then he recites Luke 2:8-14. [Play video clip.] What is Christ ...
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