Wednesday, December 15, 2010

That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

So after a month of pure busyness.... I am back and ready to keep up. Today I had a moment of Clarity while watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with my 3 year old son. I realized that the Holidays have become so much about Getting and we have lost the true spirit of the holidays. I was watching the show and thinking to myself "how on earth do I teach my kids what Giving is all about? When do you start teaching it?" I know my kids have more than they could ever need and we have talked a lot about others that don't have and how we can help them and we have even given to them, but do they really "get it" at 3 years old? I was raised in a home where we gave and gave of ourselves to others both in time and "things" and this is the way I want my children raised as well.

I have been so blessed by God with my amazing husband and our 2 beautiful children. I need my kids to know how blessed they are, to see how they can help others, to share their many talents with the world. I look forward to teaching them these things and having them pass their hearts on to others.

I think Linus said all there is to say about the Christmas season and even if you aren't a "believer" you must know that this time of year is a time for Sharing and Giving and not receiving.

Charlie Brown says:

I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn't have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don't know what Christmas is all about.
Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?

Linus Replies:

Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.

Lights, please.

"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 unto 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

You can find this in Luke 2 of your Bible as well.

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