My niece turned three on Monday, and on Saturday I went down to Virginia to spend the day with my sister and her family to celebrate my niece’s birthday.
For my niece’s birthday, I gave her some Christmas socks and a recordable storybook of A Charlie Brown Christmas that I picked up at Hallmark a few weeks earlier. My parents had given my niece a similar book for Christmas last year — theirs was of, I think, A Night Before Christmas — and my mom suggested that my niece would like this.
It was a nice idea, and I do have a voice made for radio (so people have told me over the years), and I made the recording of me, reading the book, and I think it turned out well.
I have no idea if my niece liked it or not; she was more interested in clothes for her favorite doll. 🙂
Then, this morning, I saw this image on Facebook, from a webcomic posted last year:
Linus tells the truth about Christmas. It’s not the story that Sparky… err, Charles Schulz would have told, true, but it’s still true — there isn’t an original bone in Christianity’s body, and it has rifled through the pockets of religions hither, thither, and yon over the past two millennia. Linus doen’t cover everything I think he should — he should have tied these various pagan festivals to the winter solstice and why that was astronomically auspicious — but he does make a good start, and hopefully Charlie Brown will educate himself in comparative religion. 🙂
And it’s a very good thing I didn’t see this before I recorded A Charlie Brown Christmas because, yes, you can be absolutely guaranteed that I would have “substituted” this page for the page of the book in which Linus tells the story from the Gospel of St. Luke. I mean, obviously, the words on the page in my niece’s book would have been what Hallmark printed. But the story that came out of the speakers would have been something entirely different. Of course, I’m the person who gave my niece a plush Cthulhu when she was one. It was cute and green and all… 😉
What I especially like about this recaptioned Peanuts page is the attention to detail. The recaptioner used a font that replicates Schulz’s handwriting. Too often I’ve seen recaptioned Peanuts strips that use Comic Sans. Not only does that look wrong because it doesn’t mesh with the artwork, but Comic Sans is a crime against humanity. No, this artist took the time and did it right, and I applaud him for it.
Merry Mithrasmas, Charlie Brown!