Enjoy the gifts, too. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows,” writes James.
But give yourself the gift of Luke 2. Read verses 1-20. In fact, read all four Gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus Christ and meditate on the truth that He was born to die. Revisit Isaiah 53. “He was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds,” says the ancient prophet.
Snoopy Christmas Good Friday is the reason for Christmas.” Jesus was born to die; it’s that simple. But that’s the timeless, hope-filled message that provides us with an enduring joy that transcends a single day in December. “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” says Linus.
Jesus Christ, the Savior, is the reason for Christmas because Christmas itself is a reminder that from the moment of His birth, Christ had a single, perfect destiny. Through all the pageantry, presents and peppermint, A Charlie Brown Christmas remembers that. If you watch nothing else this year, be sure it’s the special with our striped-shirted friend.
My biggest concern going into The Peanuts Movie was that the filmmakers would stray from the source material in the same way that 2011’s The Smurfs and its 2013 sequel did. That isn’t the case here as The Peanuts Movie is essentially a collection of many of the franchise’s beloved moments and music carefully placed into one film. It is clearly a labor of love and while there are some tweaks to the characters there really isn’t much here that will upset longtime fans. Then again, if you were expecting something entirely original, you might have stumbled into the wrong theater.
The Peanuts Movie doesn’t have the emotional impact that Inside Out does, Snoopy Christmas but it is an entertaining trip down memory lane for those of us who grew up with the characters and a nice introduction for those too young to have enjoyed Peanuts the first time around.