The story goes that Charles Schultz himself argued with TV network executives to include jazzy theme music, no laugh track, actual children’s voices reading the dialogue, and a simple scripture message to make “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (first broadcast Dec. 9, 1965) become a touchstone for the past 50 years.
Besides the soundtrack, especially the famous theme music known officially as “Linus and Lucy,” which provides some of the best dance moves ever to be seen on TV, the network hated the idea of a religious message in a Christmas TV special.
“If we don’t do it, who will? We can do it.”
Evidently, Charles Schulz insisted on the iconic segment where Linus recites the true meaning of Christmas from the Gospel of Luke – which features no music, no action, and no comedy, just a child quoting from the Bible.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks 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 you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, tis Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts, praising God and saying,”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
What are some of your family holiday traditions?
Is “A Charlie Brown Christmas” a welcome part of your Christmas?