If you prefer to wish friends, family and strangers a “happy holiday,” rather than using the word Christmas to recognize the birth of Jesus Christ (the only reason you have a day off from work), know that you are wishing them a happy “Holy Day.” “Holy Day” eventually became “holiday.” The mass to celebrate the birth of Christ, known as Christ’s Mass, became Christmas. For all those confused about why Christmas is a holy day, this simple little video, first airing in 1965, explains what Christmas is. Can you imagine an animated segment like this one making it on to the main stream, irreverent, suppress Christianity at all costs, television programming today? Your children and grandchildren will love this Charlie Brown and Linus segment.
In the video, “a little child,” Linus, leads us, and speaks of the Babe in the Manger, the “little child,” The Son of God incarnate, The Word Made Flesh, Christ the Lord. “And a little child shall lead” us.
And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. ~ Isaiah 11:6
Linus VanPelt on the Meaning of Christmas
“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.” ~ Luke 2:8-20
Charlie Brown Reference
Thanks to William Teach at Pirate’s Cove for pointing the way to the video in 2010.