Christian Living: What You Didn’t Know About A Charlie Brown Christmas

I had never heard the history behind the Peanuts Christmas Special.

I’m glad I have now.
 
It is embedded into our culture and it’s a joy to pass down to my kids as each Christmas comes and goes.
 
The first broadcast captured almost 50% of the nation’s attention.
 
Everyone loved it.
 
The age old Christmas cartoon has always been a part of my Christmas season. Just like Rudolph and Frosty, it is a classic. A staple.
 
Did You Know?
 
Did you know the Peanuts Christmas Special almost didn’t happen?
The creator, Charles Shultz, stood up for what he believed.
 
He was willing to sacrifice the entire thing, instead of losing what he thought to be the core of his creation.
 
He wasn’t willing to compromise.
 
When CBS bigwigs saw a rough cut of A Charlie Brown Christmas in November 1965, they hated it.
 
USA Today has a full featured look, past to present, of the classic Christmas special.
 
The experts hated it?
 
The Experts Hated It
 
The executive producer, Lee Mendelson remembers: “They said it was slow.”
 
There were other worries, too, and Shultz wasn’t going to budge.
 
The voices were provided by real children.
The music was by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi.
There was no laugh track.
And worst of all, they had a kid with a lisp read straight from the Bible, Luke 2:8-14Luke 2:8-14
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8 There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 9 Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. 11 For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough.” 13 Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, On earth peace, good will toward men.”

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Straight from the Bible!
 
“We told Schulz, ‘Look, you can’t read from the Bible on network television,’ ” Mendelson says.
 
How dare they.
 
“When we finished the show and watched it, Melendez and I looked at each other and I said, ‘We’ve ruined Charlie Brown.’ “ Mendelson remembers
 
Did Charles Shultz give in to the experts?
 
Nope.
 
Shultz’s wife was right when she said “there will always be a market for innocence.”
 
As Sally Lloyd-Jones said about Shultz,
 
“Sometimes your job isn’t just to create something. It’s to fight for it.”
 
I’m glad he did.
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!!!
THANK GOD FOR JESUS
 
 
 

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