I didn’t get much of a childhood religious education. Much of what I got came from television: Davey and Goliath, Jot, and of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year’s broadcast just ended.
My brother and I used to mesmerize our parents by reeling off the text of A Charlie Brown Christmas each year as we (putatively) watched it each year. Linus’s rendering of the Lukan birth narrative is so hard-wired in my brain that it takes conscious effort to read it with the proper cadence. But if I don’t mind saying “in the same country-shepherds, abiding” I still reel off that passage.
Having it in my head, as a built-in resource, let me grow in the faith even if I didn’t understand it. There’s a lesson there. (No pun intended.)
Lastly, a thought.
Favorite (and most applicable today) quote: This commercial dog is not going to ruin my Christmas.