Hello, again!

'The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to get caught up' was a quote that a high school senior shared at church during senior recognition years ago. If you think about it, it's true. It's a twist on 'the sooner you get things done, the more time you have later to do the things you enjoy!' Well, for many of us, Christmas crunch time is ahead. Will things be different this year? I hope you can take time to relax during this busy time of the year. However you do it, by phone or Zoom, spend time with friends and family and remember what this season is all about.

I think I have shared this before, but I always enjoy watching A Charlie Brown Christmas program. According to IMDB.com: "When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is."

During the making of the animated Christmas classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz had a meeting with Lee Mendelson, the show's producer, and Bill Melendez, its lead animator. The discussion concerned Schulz's insistence about including a New Testament scripture reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. The scripture reading was to be spoken by Peanuts character Linus Van Pelt in response to Charlie Brown's lament, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" Mendelson and Melendez both voiced their concern about the reading, with Melendez telling Schulz, "It's very dangerous for us to start talking about religion now." Schulz answered him by saying, "Bill, if we don't, who will?" In the end, the scripture reading was retained, and the CBS special was the second-most watched show of the week when it debuted on December 9, 1965. - The Archive Attic. I heard you can only catch A Charlie Brown Christmas on Apple TV this year, so here's Linus' King James version scripture reading from Luke 2: 8-14:

That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center