“Linus’ reading of the story of the Nativity was, quite simply, the dramatic highlight of the season.” Harriet Van Horne in the “New York World Telegram” December 1965
year our family enjoys reading about Christmas traditions and songs—how
they began, what they mean, etc. One of my favorite readings is the
story of how “A Charlie Brown Christmas” came about—and continues to
bless people today. Read my “story behind the Charlie Brown Christmas”
below aloud to your family—then watch the movie (or at least check out
the given links from youtube). Have fun!
December 9, 1965 (nearly fifty years ago!), “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
made its debut on CBS on television screens all over the United States.
Surprising the network executives, this darling Christmas story was an
immediate hit. It seems that its creator, Charles Schulz, battled with
the powers-that-be at the network concerning the show’s religious
content (CBS thought it was too religious) and the kids’ voices (citing
that they should be professional actors, not children). Additionally,
they felt that Vince Guaraldi’s theme music was too modern for kids’
tastes. (The jazz soundtrack has, by the way, become a classic.)
has it that through the years it has been suggested that Linus’ reading
of the Christmas story from Luke be taken out of the movie. However,
forty-five years later, this classic still contains that powerful
passage from Luke, those sweet child voices, and that catchy music*—and
each year the true story of Jesus’ birth and the reason for the
season—is proclaimed via the secular media.
Check out the links below to watch excerpts of this classic Christmas story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVGJgJ5cReg AND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBPcoI4OE9Y&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUQX2B67KL4&feature=related
*Note: Parts of the show were removed to make space for more commercials, but the spiritual and sweet parts remain.