This movie has become a Christmas tradition in my house. We don't let a Christmas go by without watching it at least once. I get really excited when I hear the musical intro start to play...."Christmas time is here".....It is a clean movie with a good message that you can watch with your kids.
The movie starts out with Charlie Brown telling Linus he doesn't understand Christmas and why he seems to get a case of the Holiday Blues. The holidays can take a toll on us. I know I have had to battle the blues a time or too so I can relate to Charlie. Lucy advises him to get involved and be the director of the Christmas Play. Charlie Brown soon loses control of the play and is asked to get a Christmas tree. Charlie finds a small, little tree which is not the tree that his friends had in mind. They get angry and poke fun at him for it. Charlie Brown asks if anyone knows what Christmas is all about. Linus steps in.....
Linus Van Pelt: "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:"
[Linus drops his security blanket on purpose]
Linus Van Pelt: "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.'"
[Luke 2:8-14 KJV]
Linus Van Pelt: [Linus picks up his blanket and walks back towards Charlie Brown] That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
I won't tell you how it ends....as I never do ;)...but I will say it ends happy. Too often we get wrapped up in the extra stuff at Christmas. That is not a bad thing, as long as we don't forget the true meaning of Christmas which is what this movie is all about.