Year 8-Day 329: Today, I’m grateful for Peanuts.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is timeless. It wouldn't be Christmas without it. Did you know that Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts used children to create the voices of Charlie Brown and friends? Children's voices gave authenticity to the characters. Perhaps, that is why we still love watching them today. Something feels genuine, even though the characters are animated.
The music from the Christmas special is a favorite for many. I love the heartfelt, passionate speech that Linus gives about the real meaning of Christmas. And what's not to love about Charlie Brown's Christmas tree? It is humble... and priceless.
My Sister-in-Law, Jennifer, is a huge Peanuts fan. I always think of her when I see Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends. She believe one of her Christmas trees is all Charlie Brown ornaments. The Peanuts gang remind us of childlike wonder and awe... and miracles.
Charles Schultz was rejected by Disney, but he didn't give up his love of drawing. I am glad he didn't let someone else's opinion of talent keep him from fulfilling his dreams. There is room in this world for Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown.
We were created in God's image... we were created to create:
"The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born." -Psalm 33:6
From human hands come Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Pigpen and Snoopy. Not exactly planets and stars, but reflective of our Father's creativity. Let Peanuts remind us to keep creating. Keep celebrating. And... be authentic, just like the children giving voice to the animated friends.
Today, I’m grateful for Peanuts.