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"Linus knows the meaning of Christmas"

     In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season people are busier than ever decorating and shopping all the while carrying on with life’s daily responsibilities. We see many signs that the Season is upon us, lighted reindeer, Santa Clauses, snowmen, and Christmas trees. The malls are decorated with holly, giant candy canes and Christmas balls. Children can even visit Santa and give him their Christmas wish list for the year. But what is clear to me is that we see and hear fewer and fewer evidences of the true meaning of Christmas. Linus Van Pelt, the Peanuts character from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” reminds us of what Christmas is all about.

Charlie Brown: "I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn’t have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is all about.  Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?"
Linus Van Pelt: "Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about."
Linus Van Pelt: "Lights, please."
Linus Van Pelt: "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, 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 unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 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, good will toward men."
Linus Van Pelt: "That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."