“Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about”
The Christmas Story that Linus recited on A Charlie Brown Christmas, is straight from Luke 2:8-14 in the Bible (King James Version).
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace,good will toward men." - Luke 2:8-14
This short film known as " A Charlie Brown Christmas" first aired on December 9, 1965. It's a holiday tradition that started 51 years. Here's some articles that retell the stories behind this story:
" How A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn’t happen." — National Review Online re-published this Lee Habeeb essay from November 25, 2011.
" Good grief: 50 things about 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'" (USA Today, November 30, 2015)
" That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown" by Jonathan Petersen (Bible Gateway blog, December 9, 2015)
" A Charlie Brown Christmas can quote the Bible but not feel like it's preaching: That's the secret to its enduring popularity and beloved status." by Todd VanDerWerff (Vox, Nov 29, 2016