Christmas is nearly upon us (Star Wars caused a temporary holiday blackout in my brain) and, with it, the bombardment of Christmas specials that run non-stop on TV. I grew up with a number of the classic ones from Rankin-Bass, but the gold standard in my book for Christmas specials is A Charlie Brown Christmas. First aired in 1965, the special still remains one of the best things Schulz’s creations were used for outside the funny pages and a moving and inspirational reminder of best of the season.
I don’t really care if you are a Christian or not. I don’t think you have to be to appreciate the sincerity and conviction with which Linus recites the Christmas story from the Book of Luke. It’s a beautiful moment, heartfelt and unapologetic. It’s one of my favorite holiday moments, so I wanted to share it with you all, who make writing this blog so much fun and so much of a gift to me. I wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart. Killing Time is going to go on a brief holiday hiatus. Last year, the loss of my wife was too raw for me to do anything but survive the holidays, but this year I have been reminded of the magic that still lies in this special time of year and I want to spend every minute with the family and friends I love. We’ll be back on 12/26/15 to start reviewing the best of 2015, but until then Happy Holidays!