‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

The Peanuts Gang rallying 'round the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The Peanuts Gang rallying ’round the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Well, well, well. After 24 days of Advent, about 1 zillion cookies, 12 Christmas specials, 6 holiday movies, 4 holiday concerts, 1 Nativity Pageant and countless shopping trips (Oh, who am I kidding? I mostly do it online. Countless shopping clicks, I guess.), Christmas is upon us.  My kids are jumping off the walls and they haven’t even eaten dessert (by popular vote, all of the cookies are being reserved for Santa).

Christmas is about so many things, but when you get down to its fundamental meaning, didn’t Linus say it best?

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“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 good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, 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, good will toward men.’ ”

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

Thanks, Linus.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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