A Charlie Brown Christmas

The boy was in a play for Christmas at church this morning.

He was Linus, in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and he was so stinking cute, I cried. I’m pretty sure that Hubs might have even gotten a wee bit emotional, too, but I can’t be certain, as I was busy with the camera. (But Navy SEALS seldom admit to having emotions.)

My photography skillz are nearly nonexistent; my photo editing skillz are worse. (I like to get down and put the “z” right there on the end of “skill.”) Hence, this picture isn’t the grandest, but I snapped my camera in between the tears this morning, and this is what I got. All of the kids did a fantastic job; I wanted to squeeze and pinch every single one of them for rocking their performance.

Our friend, McKinley, played Sally, and she was adorable as she said, “Dear Santa Claus, How have you been? Did you have a nice summer? How is your wife? I’ve been extra good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want. Please note the size and color of each, and send as many as possible. If that is too much work, make it easy on yourself. Send cash — tens and twenties would be fine.”

The boy pretty much memorized the longest passage he’s ever had to speak aloud, and I think that it does us all good to reread it, and to really remember why we’re celebrating this month.

“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 unto 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 Savior, 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.’ That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

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