A Charlie Brown Christmas

Mom says I was drawing from the time I could hold a crayon in my hand. Like many kids who like to draw I started with copying my favorite cartoon characters…The Peanuts Gang, by Charles Shultz. Recently the Denver Post included an article about the 45th Anniversary showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Here is an excerpt from a bit of history I found on www.mentalfloss.com:

The Blockheads at CBS Hate It (then change their minds) 
When CBS executives previewed A Charlie Brown Christmas, they were vastly underwhelmed. There was just so much wrong with it. There was not enough action. It moved too slow. The voices had been done by real kids, not adult actors. There was no laugh track. And Linus read from the Gospel of Luke in one scene. (“You can’t read from the Bible on network television!” they declared in unison.) At the end of the meeting, Mendelson was told: “Well, you gave it a good shot. Believe me, we’re big Peanuts fans, but maybe it’s better suited to the comic page.”

But CBS had made a commitment to their sponsor, so they aired the special as scheduled on December 9, 1965. And, as often happens in the world of entertainment, the original gut reaction of the suits was completely wrong. A Charlie Brown Christmas drew in 15.4 million viewers, placing it second in the ratings that week after Bonanza. A few months later, Charles Schulz and Lee Mendelson found themselves onstage accepting an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. (See? Christmas really is the season for miracles.)

The Gospel won an Emmy! Christmas really is the season of Miracles! Tonight as we light our candles and sing our Hallelujahs let us remember that God came to us as a baby boy. The unseen, the magnificent creator of all humbled himself to give us his presence in physical form. Why? God is a God of Love and He wants to be in relationship with His beloved children.  Charles Shultz and Lee Mendelson showed great courage in sharing the Gospel on national TV. http://www.hulu.com/watch/198677/a-charlie-brown-christmas

Let us all find our own courage and take a moment this Christmas Eve and in the coming New Year to share the rest of the story!  Glory to God in the highest, Peace and Good will toward all! Love, Julie

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What would you do if you received a letter from God inviting you back to a place of tragedy? This is a fictional story of healing, beauty and love. And a wonderful representation of the Trinity. It’s our current book we are studying at the Wednesday Women’s Bible Study. ~ Nancy Nickoley

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