I have a distinct childhood memory of eagerly waiting for that magical (melancholy) Christmas movie to come on—A Charlie Brown Christmas.
I must confess that I too readily identify with Lucy. She is sarcastic and cynical. I find myself laughing out loud when she declares, “Look, Charlie, let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.” Poor Charlie. It must be difficult to deal with her.
Then as Schroeder plays a little Beethoven in the background, we get to know other characters such as Linus. I think Linus might be my favorite. He is so sincere and kind. He’s the complete opposite of Lucy in many ways. He declares that Charlie’s tree is worthy. He offers to teach us the true meaning of Christmas upon Charlie’s request.
“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.’”
Maybe I’ll trade a little of my Lucy for a little bit of Linus this Christmas season. I encourage you to do the same.