I read in the Nov. 27 Daily Herald that Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder said, "The intent has always been to be inclusive. The display (at North School Park) is about toys and the fun, playful part of the holidays to stay away from talking about any specific religion."
How can you include the toys but exclude the very reason there is a display? Maybe she needs to watch the 1965 Christmas classic to remember.
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It seems Charlie Brown, like President Mulder, gets caught up in the lights and displays and production of Christmas. Lucy sets him straight. "Look Charlie, let's face it -- we all know Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big Eastern syndicate you know."
Interesting point, but not the one I am trying to make. Please fast-forward to the part where Linus takes center stage.
"'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 to them, "Fear not for behold I bring you tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign onto you. You 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.' That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."
That's what CHRISTMAS is all about, President Mulder.