I like listening and playing music. I'm thirteen years old.(I will turn fourteen in February.) My dad is a teacher at CIU (Columbia International University.) and my Mom is a nurse practitioner and works night shifts on the weekend.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A New Tradition

Wow, It's been over a month since I've posted. Sorry about that. I've made a couple drafts but none of them actually met my standards.

Recently, my brother, Dad, and I went out to cut down a Christmas tree. We got to the farm and within three minutes had picked out the perfect tree to bring home. My Dad gave me the saw and told me to cut it down and I got down on the ground and started sawing. I was going at the tree pretty well when some older man who obviously worked at the place saw me sawing away at the tree. "Someone go help that young lady cut the tree" he said. I looked up to see what parents would make their daughter cut down a tree when he said, " Oh, that's a boy." Oh, he was talking about me. Come on people. My hair isn't that long. It doesn't even touch my shoulders yet. Well, I decided that I could cut down the tree on my own and told the helpers that I was fine. I had it down about 30 seconds later. My Dad then said, " Lets go pick out a Charlie Brown Christmas tree."

For those of you who haven't seen it, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is one of the best Christmas movies ever made. You have to go see it. Anyways, a Charlie Brown Christmas tree is really small and not very good looking. The fact is that in the movie, it was the only "wooden" Christmas tree and Linas says,"Gosh, Do they still make wooden Christmas trees Charlie Brown?" It's really funny how he says it. So Charlie Brown decides that he's going to take the tree home with him and try and get it a part in the Christmas play that him and his friends are going to put on. Turns out no one likes the Christmas tree he brought home and they all make fun of him when he brings it in. After that you'll have to go see it because it's beside the point.

So, we pick out the skimpiest Christmas tree we can find and cut it down. We bring both of the trees home and put them up. The next night, my Dad had some of his students come over and we had a Christmas party. We all snacked and talked for a while and then my Mom brought out some ornaments for the tree. The students then decorated the tree and socialized for a bit while I disappeared up to the computer to check my email. When I finished I came down to help finish up the tree, and then we watched, what else but A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Sorry, this is sorta off the point but one of my favorite quotes from that movie is when Linas and Charlie Brown are walking and Charlie Brown starts complaining about how he doesn't feel the Christmas spirit. Linas tells him, "Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know that can take a wonderful time like Christmas and complain about it. Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, your the Charlie Browniest." I think that's the coolest thing ever said.

After that we decorated our Charlie Brown Christmas tree. This is the second year we've done this and I really enjoy it. If we do this again next year I can officially call it a tradition but right now it's well on it's way. If it's up to me, we'll keep doing this until I leave for college and I'll keep doing it then and after I leave college. For some reason, A Charlie Brown Christmas, has an extreme impact on the way I look at Christmas and helps me to remember the real reason we celebrate it. It's not to give presents to people or to get the presents. It's to remember that our Savior, Jesus Christ, was born and that this was when he came to earth to begin the process of saving us from our sins. In a couple of months, we will celebrate the day that ends that process and ensures those of us who believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and to give us eternal life with his and our father in heaven, but now it is time to celebrate his birth.

"For behold, I bring you tidings of great joy. For unto you a savior is born. And this will be a sign, the savior is a babe, dressed in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

Merry Christmas Everyone!



Blogger Leticia said...

Merry Christmas, Jack! I love to see the faith expressed so beautifully by a young man! Amen!
By the way, when you were at my blog, did you notice the "What Christmas Movie is Your Christmas Celebration Like" quiz?
I got a result that absolutely thrilled me, "your movie is the Charlie Brown Christmas". I love that movie too, because of Shrouder's reading of the Gospel of Luke. Growing up in the 70's with your folks(before VCR's!) I never missed that movie on TV. It was the only one, besides "The Little Drummer Boy" that kept Christ in Christmas!

7:17 PM  
Blogger sunshine said...

Sadly (I thought at first) we haven't gotten around to finish decorating that Charlie Brown tree yet. But I think that's all just part of the season...waiting.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that was great! Thank you for the reminder Jack.

10:23 AM  
Blogger sunshine said...

How 'bout "it's been almost a YEAR since you posted???" Blog!!

8:11 AM  

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