This year, A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on national television, just as it had since its first airing on December 9, 1965. What’s interesting to note is that CBS executives and Coca-Cola were not pleased with the first Charlie Brown special that Schulz produced. It was slow and sluggish, and, it was too religious. But Schulz, himself a Christian, believed that the true meaning of Christmas must be told, and who better to do it than The Peanuts cast?
There are several scenes from the production, the most memorable of which is likely Linus’s quoting Luke 2. Linus’s attachment to his blanket is renowned, but look what happens when, during his monologue, he repeats the angel’s words, “Fear not!” Linus drops his “security” to emphasize we have nothing to fear about the coming of Jesus. It may be a coincidence, but Jason Soroski writes, “Looking at it now, it’s pretty clear what Charles Schulz was saying through this, and it’s so simple it’s brilliant.”
“The birth of Jesus separates us from our fears.”
Thousands of Christmas songs play during the season: songs about Santa and reindeer and Christmas trees, songs about love and family, songs about the holiday spirit – the list seems endless. KAMB is pleased to bring you songs exclusively about the Christ of Christmas – not in a militant in-your-face kind of way, but in a way that keeps our focus on the true meaning of Christmas. It’s the time of year when people are more likely to be searching and open to finding purpose and meaning in life. With all the noise and busyness at Christmas, KAMB is here to ensure we don’t miss the message given on that one silent night – Jesus Christ was born to seek and save that which is lost.
We invite you to introduce your friends and family to KAMB’s Christmas Festival of Music and in turn, introduce them to God’s immeasurable gift of His one and only Son, Jesus.
Alter, E. December 9, 2020. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ at 55: Jean Schulz Reveals the Behind-The-Scenes Battle over Linus’s Famous Speech. Yahoo/Entertainment.
Gallagher, D. December 10, 2011. 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’. TheFW.
Soroski, J. December 21, 2015. Just Drop the Blanket. TheGospelCoalition.org.