Monday, December 3, 2007

This is what Christmas is all about.

It's officially the Christmas season. My brother asked for snow on his wish list; he got it (or, more accurately, we got it). [EDIT: As of the next day, we're still getting it...]

Yesterday I spent about an hour making a "Christmas songs" playlist for my ipod. It consists of things like Nat King Cole, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, the Muppets, R.E.M., They Might Be Giants, and the Rat Pack. Though wonderful, and perhaps my favorite part of the Christmas season, music isn't the only thing that's special to this season. There's also television specials.

There are a lot of Christmas specials and movies. Just about every show has done something for Christmas, as well as every cast of characters or universe of existence that has been created for the purpose of our own entertainment (up to and including Star Wars, who's Christmas special currently ranks in as the most painful two hours I have ever endured; keep in mind, that's about as long as the actual movies, which thankfully don't feature Carrie Fisher singing or Boba Fett riding a brontosaurus...yeah, not joking).

This, however, ranks in as the best moment of any Christmas special I've ever seen. Yes, seeing Prancer reunited with his fellow reindeer was heart warming (and the squirrel was really cute), and yes, it is touching to see Rudolph and the misfit toys find a place where they belong, and yes, it's nice seeing Ernest get to ride with Santa Claus to deliver the presents or Clark Griswold finally getting the house lit up, but they don't have the true meaning of Christmas.

Peanuts got it right. To date, no show has ever had a moment so poignant, so free of glamor and glitz, so straightforward and so direct about what Christmas is all about. Amongst all the flair and flashy lights that this holiday brings, the simplicity of Linus, by himself, holding his blanket and just reciting Luke, Chapter 2, Verses 8-14 on the stage in front of everyone stands out and reminds us what Christmas is all about.


-->jeff * said...

i'm looking forward to watching it on Christmas eve again.

Matt said...

Well said Linus.