“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

I didn’t get much of a childhood religious education. Much of what I got came from television: Davey and Goliath, Jot, and of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year’s broadcast just ended.

My brother and I used to mesmerize our parents by reeling off the text of A Charlie Brown Christmas each year as we (putatively) watched it each year. Linus’s rendering of the Lukan birth narrative is so hard-wired in my brain that it takes conscious effort to read it with the proper cadence. But if I don’t mind saying “in the same country-shepherds, abiding” I still reel off that passage.

Having it in my head, as a built-in resource, let me grow in the faith even if I didn’t understand it. There’s a lesson there. (No pun intended.)

Lastly, a thought.
Favorite (and most applicable today) quote: This commercial dog is not going to ruin my Christmas.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

1 comment

  1. Funny where life’s lessons come from. Of all the great thinkers in the world to have inspired you, I never would have guessed Linus to be among them! My kids will probably never understand why I always preface the use of play-doh with “…and don’t stick it in the doorknobs!” but it’s sage advice from another great thinker :)

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