A Charlie Brown Christmas is an animated TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz.
Thinking the school play requires “the proper mood,” Charlie Brown decides they need a Christmas tree. So Lucy takes over the crowd and dispatches Charlie Brown to get a “big, shiny aluminum tree.” With Linus in tow, Charlie Brown sets off on his quest. But when they get to the tree market, Charlie Brown zeroes in on a small baby tree which, ironically as well as symbolically, is the only real living tree on the lot. Linus displays surprise upon seeing the tree and exclaims, “Gee, do they still make wooden Christmas trees?”
Linus is reluctant about Charlie Brown’s choice of this tree, but Charlie Brown is convinced that decorating it will be just right for the play, and so they return to the school auditorium with the tree and everybody laughs at Charlie Brown, especially Lucy, about his choice. Second guessing himself, Charlie Brown begins to wonder if he really knows what Christmas is about, loudly asking in despair. Linus quietly says he can tell him, and walks to center stage to make his point.
The story touches on the over-commercialism and secularism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.
What is the true meaning of Christmas for you? How can we share the spirit of this season with each other all year long, not just on December 25th? Have you ever needed to be reminded that Christmas is really about giving and not about getting, and ultimately that it’s the celebration of Jesus’ birth? What is the greatest gift you’ve given and what made it so special? Share your Christmas memories…share your story…share your hopes for what Christmas can mean to you and how you will share that joy and love all year through.