December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas From The Llama Butchers!

(Pinned to the top until Christmas Day. Scroll on down for fresh Tasty Bits (TM)).


This past weekend's carols and lessons service at church finally got me into the Christmas spirit. With that in mind, I can't think of any better way of expressing myself than what I said last year.

Although it is generally silly to speak of transcendence and cartoons, I've always felt that there was one very important exception to this rule, namely, Linus' recitation of Luke 2:8-14 in "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Even as a kid, I recognized that there was something very special about the moment when Linus walks out to the front of the stage, the lights go dim around him, everything is hush and he begins to speak in calm, measured tones:

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.

As ridiculous as it may sound, just hearing and reading these words again causes me to start tearing up. And Linus is absolutely right: This is the true meaning of Christmas.

I sometimes used to wonder how it was that in the midst of a rather poorly animated cartoon voiced over by a gang of child actors this moment could have come off as perfectly as it does, suddenly passing beyond the limits of the medium and touching on the greatest of glories. But it occured to me that the answer is really quite simple: Because Charles Schultz believed in what Linus said. I do, too. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

On that note, I wish to express my warmest wishes for the season to all of you who drop by our little piece of silliness, whether you're regular readers or just passing through. I'm sure plenty of you follow different faiths than I do, or may not even have a faith. That's okay. The message of Christmas on earth is not confined to a select group of believers but, as the man says, extends to everyone.

Merry Christmas and God bless you all, every one

Posted by Robert at December 25, 2005 11:59 PM | TrackBack

Well said, Robbo.

Christianity frequently gets attacked these days by those who think they know better, but I have no doubt at all that without it, the world would be a place of darkness. The core of it, that man can be redeemed from his sinfulness, and that there is a means to be forgiven of all that we've done wrong, is to me so necessary for errant mankind that I too, must recognize not only its historical merit, but must kneel and pray that it is, indeed, true.

I believe in it. As a sinful man, (neither the least sinful nor the most), I have to.

Posted by: The Colossus at December 19, 2005 09:46 AM

Same to you and more of it, Llamas!

Posted by: Preston Taylor Holmes at December 19, 2005 11:09 AM

A merry Christmas and a happy and a healthy new year to you and yours, Rob. Thanks for such a great blog.

Posted by: RP at December 20, 2005 10:15 AM

Great show. I think it works in part because it (and the Great Pumpkin) are not slick. I can't imagine these shows as CGI animated dreck.

Anyway Merry Christmas!

Posted by: rbj at December 20, 2005 12:37 PM

My little one makes me read ALL of Luke Chapter 2 several times a day, all throughout the year. Our Bible literally falls open to it. She gets it too, and only 3. Thanks for this great posting.

Posted by: Sister at December 20, 2005 01:41 PM

It isn't ridiculous.

Posted by: Russ at December 20, 2005 04:19 PM

Russ is right, it isn't ridiculous, it's what this season is all about. Thank you for posting this! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Posted by: GroovyVic at December 20, 2005 07:34 PM

Merry Christmas, Llamas!

Posted by: Fausta at December 22, 2005 03:26 PM

And you know what? Right back at you Robbo. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Steve-O, too, of course.

Thank you for your entertainment and for linking me -- for no apparent reason. A Llamalanche is like money in the bank! Well, not exactly money, but I feel all warm and fuzzy when it happens. And that's waaay better than dumb old money.

Woo. I need to lay off the Diet Pepsi after 8 p.m.

Posted by: Margi at December 23, 2005 12:50 AM

I'm off to join my family for the traditional Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. Merry Christmas, llamas, and thanks for brightening up my year. I wish you and yours the very best in 2006. ;-)

Posted by: utron at December 23, 2005 02:39 PM

Happy Holey-Days!!!...

Posted by: LDH at December 24, 2005 02:52 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy Llamadays.

Posted by: tee bee at December 26, 2005 01:55 PM