By: Amy Lutz
In the classic film, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the story opens with Charlie Brown questioning his own feelings of depression over the Yuletide season. The season is meant to bring joy, but all Charlie feels is emptiness. Therefore, he embarks upon a quest to find the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie Brown soon finds out that the reason for the season does not come from sparkly baubles or aluminum Christmas trees, but rather in something much deeper and more meaningful. After his blanket-toting best friend Linus recounts the story of Christ’s birth in Luke 2:8-14, Charlie Brown discovers (in the words of another well-known Christmas figure) that “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” Charlie and his friends had gotten caught up in the commercialization and secularization of the holiday and; therefore, temporarily disregarded the story of the Nativity of our Lord. Don’t get me wrong, I love Santa Claus and Rudolf just as much as the next person, but I too find myself getting a bit caught up in the materialism of the season.
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