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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Christmastime is Here...

...is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. I loved the music on “A Charlie Brown Christmas” TV special as a child, and it still captivates me today.

In googling for an audio link to include, I could only find a newer version of the song that has no soul at all. Here’s an amazon.com listing where you can hear about a minute of the Vincent Guaraldi original (instrumental version).

Thankfully the ACLU hasn’t gotten “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and its explicitly Christian message off the television yet:

"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 you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 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, and good will toward men."

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt

Merry Christmas, everyone.

3 Comments:

  • Wow, I hadn't realized there was a government-funded TV channel in the US! How do I find it, and is it anything like the BBC?

    Incidentally, here are the sort of links I was looking for before:

    http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=15897&c=141 - ACLU defends practice of baptism in Virginia Public Parks

    http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=15872&c=142 - ACLU defends a Native American prisoner's freedom of religious expression

    http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=10147&c=142 - ACLU joins with the Reverend Jerry Falwell in overturning archaic rules discriminating against churches

    By Blogger Paul, at 9:30 PM  

  • Hi Paul! I was wondering if you were still around. Good to "see" you again!

    My ACLU remark was a bit tongue-in-cheek...

    I checked those links, thanks; the two that were supportive of Christian religion were both from the state of Virginia, perhaps that says something.

    I will get to your other comments when I can. Am going out of town for awhile.

    BTW, this post wasn't about the ACLU...hope you didn't miss the true heart of it.

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 12:28 AM  

  • Don't worry, I didn't miss your point. And I agree, for you and a billion others that's what Christmas is (or should be) about. And I hope you have a very good one!

    By Blogger Paul, at 1:31 PM  

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