Linus, his blanket, and the meaning of Christmas
I just came across this article on crosswalk.com about a moment in A Charlie Brown Christmas I had never noticed before:
In that climactic scene when Linus shares “what Christmas is all about,” he drops his security blanket, and I am now convinced that this is intentional. Most telling is the specific moment he drops it: when he utters the words, “fear not” (at :38 seconds).
Looking at it now, it is pretty clear what Charles Schultz was saying, and it’s so simple it’s brilliant.
The birth of Jesus separates us from our fears.
The birth of Jesus frees us from the habits we are unable (or unwilling) to break ourselves.
The birth of Jesus allows us to simply drop the false security we have been grasping so tightly, and learn to trust and cling to Him instead.
You can watch it for yourself here:
I just heard this this year, in 2020, and watched the scene….and agree. And you notice that Linus picks up his blanket afterward….much like we do…but that when we see the Good News…we can then let God use those fears, those weaknesses. Notice where the blanket ends up….