That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
– – Linus Van Pelt
A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on CBS in 1965. I was at the very formative age of seven years old. Originally, the CBS executives did not want to have Linus reciting the Gospel account of Luke 2: 8-14 telling of the birth of Christ, assuming that viewers would not want to sit through passages of the Bible.
(As a side note, Father James Martin points out that “When Linus recites the Gospel in Charlie Brown Christmas he drops his blanket. With the Word of God he has no need for a security blanket.”)
It was reported on a version of the making of the program that cartoonist Charles Schulz (a Catholic) was adamant about keeping this scene in, remarking that
If we don’t tell
the true meaning of Christmas,