This Christmas season my family and I have made the time to watch a few of the classic holiday movies and television shows.
We started off with White Christmas, one of my favorites. We took in the top on my list-It's A Wonderful Life. Joellen's cartoon selections have included Christmas episodes from The Smurfs, The Flintstones, Little Bill, and more. We even watched A Charlie Brown Christmas last week, only a few days after I had mentioned it in this column.
While Joellen and I were watching the Peanuts gang and their holiday play preparations my four-year-old daughter had made a few remarks about how their actions were wrong or unkind. At the end of Linus' quotation from Luke I said, "There! Linus knows the real meaning of Christmas!"
"But he doesn't know all of it," Joellen countered.
"Well, he didn't tell the whole story, but I bet he knows it."
She continued to stare at the screen as I could see those cogs turning inside that little head.
"Mommy," she asked, "is there a Christmas movie about the real story of Christmas . . . about baby Jesus and Mary and Joseph?"
What an excellent question. I assured her there had to be and we would have to look for it.
While the classic movies are great, they don't tell the Biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ. I guess that is exactly why people love to hear Linus quote Luke. It's a small snippet of the truth in the midst of a holiday that is based on the Savior yet so often ignores his existence. I'm going to look for such a movie. In the meantime, I encourage all of us to keep Christ in Christmas.