On today’s date in 1965, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was first shown on TV. Some fun facts about the famous show: Charlie Brown and the gang started as a comic strip in newspapers, called Peanuts, drawn by Charles Schulz. Schulz hated jazz music, which is the music added to the show, the people in charge of the tv station (CBS) hated it when they first saw it, but half of the people in America watched it when it first went on tv–15 million people, and after the show, people stopped buying aluminum trees (which had been pretty popular before that).
Most people know the story, but the main message is to remember the spirit of Christmas. We get too busy thinking of all the presents we are going to get, but since it’s only 16 days til Christmas–stop and ask yourself–have you thought about how you can make Christmas special for someone else? Presents of course are great, but what else can you do? Maybe send letters to your grandparents? Maybe make cookies for neighbors?
When Charlie Brown picks out the skinny tree, the others make fun of it, but eventually, Linus says that it’s “not a bad little tree, all it needs is a little love.” How can you show God’s love to someone, and make them feel special this Christmas season?
Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (ERV)
Dear Father, thank you for loving me. Forgive me–I am not good at showing love for other people all the time, and I’m selfish. Teach me how to be generous and think of others more. Amen.