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spotlight: ‘the chuck’ on linus van pelt

The Chuck delivered some Charlie Brown Christmas gold over at his “whateverblog.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (and anything in the Charlie Brown movie series) was a favorite of mine growing up – still is.

It is definitely worth taking a couple minutes read what the Chuck has to say about this Christmas classic:

“Does Anyone Know What Christmas Is All About?”

On December 9, 1965, CBS took a big chance on a Christmas program that they had some serious reservations about.  Coca-Cola was the sponsor of the show.

A Charlie Brown Christmas broke with many of the rules of production and programming of the day.  It had no laugh track and for the character voices, rather than using adults pretending to be children, they used children.

Perhaps most unusual was the use of  Scripture to explain the meaning of Christmas.  The director of the program approached Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts and A Charlie Brown Christmas, to talk him out of quoting the Bible.

Schultz reportedly said “If we don’t do it, who will?”

Here is a clip from A Charlie Brown Christmas.  For me, this is the most memorable part of the whole program.

Did you watch the clip?  Did you notice something unusual? Yeah, Scripture was quoted, it was Luke 2: 8-14, from the King James Version.

But there was something else.  Did you catch it?  Probably not, because it is very subtle.

Click Here to finish reading this great post at the Chuck’s blog.

Thanks for the outstanding post and attention to detail Chuch – well done.

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  1. December 17, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Lee: Thanks for “the spotlight.” I am flattered and honored to have been so designated.

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