It’s been done before and it will be done again, God willing. Can anything better be posted to a blog on Christmas Eve than the most famous of all Christmas speeches, one delivered by a fictional, intellectually precocious – if age-appropriately insecure – grade schooler? Linus van Pelt (voiced by the late, inimitable Chris Shea) recites it verbatim in the King James English. I reproduce the speech and its context here:
Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!
Linus: Sure, Charlie Brown. I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please?
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, 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! For behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour. ‘Tis 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.
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
From the mouths of babes, real or not. Merry and Joyful Christmas to all, and to all a good night.