Happy, Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you all had a fabulous time with your friends and family today. I slept in, had my coffee in bed before getting on with our celebration. First, we headed to the theater for the showing of SING! It was an incredible movie, I highly recommend it. Then, we came home and fixed dinner. Nothing special really, just some Tacos for the three of of us. Tho my husband would say differently, as it is one of his most favorite meals. Tomorrow is our big dinner with homemade Pierogies; my childhood family Christmas tradition. Once we finished eating we headed out again for Christmas Eve service at a church we have been newly visiting. It was a nice time of worship and hearing the greatest story of all times.
Back at home, after the service we made some hot beverages and sat down to watch Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Another one of our family’s Christmas traditions. It is one of my favorite Christmas stories, mostly for the character Linus. I know the movie is all about making sure Charlie Brown understands the meaning of Christmas, outside of the commercialism that he is surrounded by. But it is Linus and the unsaid story that reminds me what Christmas brings us. Charlie Brown learns that Jesus is the reason for the season; yet it is Linus that shows us what this means.
Throughout the show, similar to all Charlie Brown episodes, Linus carries his security blanket around wherever he goes. A lot of emphasis is placed in this characters need of protection and comfort from this object; teased by his peers, states that he will continue to bring it with him as an adult by turning into a sport jacket, and uses it as his costume in the Christmas school play.
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.’
While he answers Charlie Brown’s question in what Christmas is all about with what he is saying, he shows us with his actions what this story means. Why is the meaning of Christmas important? Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus every year? Because it is the reminder that we are no longer alone, we no longer have a reason to be in fear. IN FACT! While Linus says the words “Fear not” he purposely drops his security blanket and leaves it on the floor during the remainder of his monologue. He shows us that the meaning of Christmas gives him a reason to release of his security blanket.