Thus I am reminded of Charlie Brown's frustrated question, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" Linus' response from Luke chapter 2 is one of those special moments in my life. I clearly remember the next morning (which would have been December 10, 1965) waiting for the school bus on our frozen dirt road, pondering that the TV bosses let Linus quote the Bible straight for at least a minute; so maybe there's hope for this world. I was buoyed also by the alternately wistful and jazzy soundtrack that runs in my head now these fifty years.
In the remaining few clips I suggest that the core of Christmas is this:
God with us.
And not in anger, but in mercy and kindness.