Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

FIFTY years ago, A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas was first broad­cast on Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion. Some net­work ex­ec­u­tives thought it would be ig­nored, while oth­ers wor­ried that quot­ing the Bible would of­fend view­ers.

Some wanted its cre­ator Charles Schultz, to omit the Christ­mas story, but Schultz in­sisted it stay in. The pro­gram was an im­me­di­ate suc­cess and has been re­broad­cast ev­ery year since 1965.

When Char­lie Brown, the frus­trated di­rec­tor of the chil­dren's play, is dis­cour­aged by the com­mer­cial spirit of the hol­i­day sea­son, he asks if any­one can tell him the real mean­ing of Christ­mas.

Li­nus re­cites Luke 2:8-14 in­clud­ing the words, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 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".

Then Li­nus says, "That's what Christ­mas is all about, Char­lie Brown."

Dur­ing this sea­son filled with our own doubts and dreams, it is good to pon­der afresh God's great love ex­pressed in the fa­mil­iar story of Joseph, Mary, the Baby Je­sus and the an­gels who an­nounced the Saviour's birth.

That is what Christ­mas is all about: not Fa­ther Christ­mas, or how much money you are go­ing to spend on gifts. DIANNE WIL­SON, Bate­man.

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