Who could forget the wonderful moment in A Charlie Brown Christmas when Linus recites the Gospel of Luke! (Please see the flashback below where the Obamas left out that part) It’s such a iconic part that it’s often used as a stand-alone video in the movie. In case you don’t remember, we posted the video below but here are the worlds Linus recites:

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 and goodwill towards men.’

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

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THE STORY OF HOW THE PEANUTS CREATOR SNUCK THE GOSPEL INTO HIS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL:

Via NewsBusters:

Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a tradition for millions since it first aired on December 9, 1965. While many love the iconic Vince Guaraldi score, the humor and the animation, one part of the special has always stood out and made it unique: Linus’s recitation of the Gospel of Luke.

In 2015, The Washington Post published a retrospective on A Charlie Brown Christmas. Michael Cavna explained Peanuts creator Charles Schulz’s mission in making the special:

Charles Schulz insisted on one core purpose: A Charlie Brown Christmas had to be about something. Namely, the true meaning of Christmas. Otherwise, Schulz said, “Why bother doing it?”

To Coca-Cola’s credit, Mendelson says, the corporate sponsor never balked at the idea of including New Testament passages. The result — Linus’s reading from the Book of Luke about the meaning of the season — became “the most magical two minutes in all of TV animation,” the producer says.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CojUP5nRidA 

Schulz stood strong, despite efforts to talk him out of quoting from the Bible. On December 5, 2005, USA Today recounted:

[Executive producer Lee] Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez fretted about the insistence by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz that his first-ever TV spinoff end with a reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke by a lisping little boy named Linus.

“We told Schulz, ‘Look, you can’t read from the Bible on network television,’ ” Mendelson says. “When we finished the show and watched it, Melendez and I looked at each other and I said, ‘We’ve ruined Charlie Brown.’ ”

According to a recounting on MentalFloss.com, CBS executives told Schulz: “You can’t read from the Bible on network television.”

According to a recounting on MentalFloss.com, CBS executives told Schulz: “You can’t read from the Bible on network television.”

Mental Floss writer Kara Kovalchik recounted what happened next:

But CBS had made a commitment to their sponsor, so they aired the special as scheduled on December 9, 1965. And, as often happens in the world of entertainment, the original gut reaction of the suits was completely wrong. A Charlie Brown Christmas drew in 15.4 million viewers, placing it second in the ratings that week after Bonanza. A few months later, Charles Schulz and Lee Mendelson found themselves onstage accepting an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.
And so, the Charlie Brown creator persevered and created a Christmas classic that endures 52 years later.

REMEMBER WHEN THE OBAMAS SKIPPED THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS:

President Barack Obama is being accused of ignoring the true meaning of Christmas during a brief appearance on Monday night’s “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown,” an ABC special commemorating the popular holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Both Barack and Michelle Obama briefly spoke about their love for the Christmas show, specifically referencing the famous scene in which character Linus Van Pelt recites Luke 2:8-14 in an effort to communicate the true meaning of Christmas to Charlie Brown.

It was their characterization, though, of what Christmas is really all about that seemingly didn’t sit too well with Christian Post reporter Napp Nazworth, who accused Obama of forgetting that Linus proclaimed that “Jesus is [the] true meaning of Christmas” in his memorable speech.

He pointed out that the Obamas failed to mention Jesus or the biblical narrative presented in the scene.

“We want to wish a happy 50th anniversary to one of our country’s most beloved traditions, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,” President Obama said.

Michelle Obama followed that up by noting that the beloved characters in the holiday special have helped bring people together for a half century to “teach us the true meaning of Christmas.”

“They teach us that tiny trees just need a little love and that on this holiday we celebrate peace on Earth and good will toward all,” President Obama continued, with Michelle Obama adding, “Because — as Linus knows — that’s what Christmas is all about.”

Nazworth pointed out that the president and first lady didn’t note the fact that Christmas is specifically about Jesus’ birthday.

“The Luke passage and Linus speech does mention ‘peace on Earth and good will toward men,’” he wrote. “But that passage is not the answer to the question of the true meaning of Christmas.”

The reporter went on to provide a transcript from the Linus scene in which Charlie Brown says he really doesn’t “know what Christmas is all about” amid frustration over his tiny tree.

That’s when Linus responds by reciting Luke 2:8-14, concluding with, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

 

 


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