Peanuts Creator Fought for Christmas Message — Dec 23, 2013

“There will always be an audience for innocence in this country.” –Charles Schulz

Linus says he knows the meaning of Christmas. He recites from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2 verses 8 through 14 from the Authorized King James Version: “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 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, good will toward men.”
“…That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

by V — (from Dec 24, 2011)

I saw an interesting news item in the newspaper today, “Top 10: What you didn’t know about your favorite Christmas movies”.
What caught my attention was the beloved animation ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ story and the argument Charles Schulz had with the producers.
From the article: “A Charlie Brown Christmas: Linus’ iconic speech about the true meaning of Christmas was almost cut when the animated movie’s producers and creator Charles Schultz clashed over the inclusion of religion.
Schultz (left) wanted the one-minute-long speech left in, but the producers thought it would limit its audience and drive away advertisers.”
But Schultz stood his ground. CBS reluctantly put it on the air, hoping no one would watch it. But it was an instant hit with viewers and reviewers alike.
On Thursday, December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas was seen in more than 15 million homes, capturing nearly half of the possible audience. That week it was number two in the ratings, after Bonanza. It won critical acclaim as well as an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program and a Peabody Award for excellence in programming.


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