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Nostalgic Christmas Cartoons With a Christian Message

January 2, 08

Over my childhood years, I watched several memorable Christmas cartoon specials. Back in those days, cartoons meant something and often carried a worthwhile message (something derided as ‘trite’ nowadays).

When I look back upon them with my world-wise adult eyes, I realize that many of them have quite shocking plots by the standards of modern-day tolerate-all-beliefs-except-Christianity norms.

So here I present to you the Christmas cartoons from the days of old, when Christmas was still permitted to be a religious celebration for of the birth of Jesus Christ, instead of Commercialmas or Secularmas where all traces Christianity are erased and replaced by Santa, Frosty or Generic Holiday Season Mascot.

Enjoy, and in your face you hypocritical multicultists!

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Peace on Earth (1939)

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It’s Christmas time, and two young squirrels gather at the fireplace to ask their grandpa what the ‘men’ are in the lyric “Peace on Earth, good will to men.”

Grandpa tells them the story of how the last of mankind killed each other off in wars and how the animals rebuilt society using a book full of wisdom as their guide.

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Rather realistically grim and serious by today’s children’s animation standards.

Amazing Thing by Modern Standards of Intolerance: The animal’s versions of Christian Christmas carols (Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Silent Night), and the fact that the inspiration for the post-human animal civilization of complete peace is none other than the Holy Bible.

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Along with Thou shalt not sin, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet, and Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me on the next few pages.

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This one from Isaiah 61:4.

Youtube or Youtube search, with Christian message at 5 mins 30 sec.

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Tom & Jerry – The Night Before Christmas (1941)

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It’s the usual Tom & Jerry mischief, mishaps and jokes with a Christmas theme – candy canes, lights, presents, mistletoe and all. Great fun like all the original 1940 – 1958 era cartoons.

But the true Christmas message comes out towards the end, after Tom manages to lock Jerry out in the freezing cold, and his conscience is strongly pricked to refrains of a Christmas carol.

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Amazing Thing by Modern Standards of Intolerance: The Christmas carol in question is a medley of Silent Night and It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, apart from a snippet from The First Noel at the start, with inclusion of the overtly religious lyrics.

Watch the whole episode at Youtube or Youtube search, with Christian message at 5 mins 12 sec.

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The Small One (1978)

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One of my childhood favourites, a touching story about a young boy in an ancient Middle Eastern town, whose beloved donkey Small One is too old and too small to carry heavy loads.

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His father tells him that Small One cannot keep eating if he can’t carry a load. Thus the boy bravely searches for someone who is willing to buy Small One and give him a good home, calling out his refrain: “Small One, Small One, Small One for sale. One piece of silver, Small One for sale…”

Fun, songs, some suspense and heart-wrenching all culminate in the finale… When all hope seems lost, but someone finally accepts the boy’s offer of one piece of silver, and Small One puts his meagre strength to carrying a pregnant wife on their journey.

Amazing Thing by Modern Standards of Intolerance: See where the young couple are headed, and guess their identities…

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The ending message waters up my eyes now, somehow.

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Youtube part 1, Youtube part 2, and Youtube part 3 with Christian message at 5 mins 21 sec or Youtube search

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The Little Troll Prince (1985)

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Bu, the prince of the mean and nasty Trolls is unfortunately soft and gentle. Things get worse as his suitability to inherit the throne is called into question when he cannot recite passages from the Troll Bible, which teach basic evils such as ‘Do unto others before they do unto you’.

His ‘friends’ convince him to follow them on a scouting mission to the human lands, but it’s merely a ploy to get rid of him.

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But things go awry when it is revealed that that humans bake Trolls as snacks (actually gingerbread men), and their lands are full of horrifically huge monsters such as rabbits – because the Trolls are only a few inches tall! They end up running away, but not before tying Bu to a small pine tree.

The Little Troll Prince is rescued by two human girls, who teach him the true meaning of Christmas – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

For the first time, his frozen Troll heart begins to thaw and beat. The girls give him a parting gift of a tiny Holy Bible that was hanging on the Christmas tree.

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When he is ‘rescued’ back to the Troll Kingdom, he is accused of betraying his friends to the humans and has to stand trial. Once again, he is called upon to recite the Troll Bible and is stumped – but then begins to read from the Holy Bible unbelievable things like ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’

As he reads aloud more goodness, his Troll features disappear – pointy ears, big nose and tail. The entire court jumps him, but he escapes in the chaos. Finally, he finds a home with two elderly and childness Gnomes – which he himself has transformed into.

Amazing Thing by Modern Standards of Intolerance: The entire plot and everything about it! Also amazingly, I watched it just a few years back on Cartoon Network in Malaysia.

Youtube part 1

Youtube part 2

Youtube part 3 with Christian Christmas message at 8 min 20 sec

Youtube part 4 with the main theme song from start, and Christian message at Bu’s trial at 7 mins 12 sec.

Youtube part 5

Youtube search

Lyrics of main theme song, God Loves All He Made, Even Evil Trolls:

Girls: God loves all He made, even evil trolls
Isn’t it a joyous thing, a miracle we’d say
God knows all the things we do and loves us anyway

Boo: But you don’t understand, a troll will grab your hand
And throw you down an empty well and wait until you land
Then he will jump in too, and pounce on top of you
And grab your hand and pull and tear and shriek to beat the band!

Girls: Still, God loves all He made, even evil trolls
Isn’t it a joyous thing, a miracle we’d say
God knows all the things we do and loves us anyway

Boo: But you don’t get my gist, a troll will bind your wrists
And tie you to a thorny bush to see you squirm and twist
And then when he is done, he’ll kick you just for fun
And both his heads will laugh out loud at all the things he’s done!

Girls: Anyway… God loves all He made, even evil trolls
That’s why He sent His only Son to bless the world anew
Just so we would know it’s really, really true
God loves me and you

Snippet:

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Perhaps best summed up by these excerpts from National Review Online: The Gospel According to Peanuts:

As far back as 1965 — just a few years before Time magazine asked “Is God Dead?” — CBS executives thought a Bible reading might turn off a nation populated with Christians. And during a Christmas special, no less! Ah, the perils of living on an island in the northeast called Manhattan.

Last but not least, the executives did not want to have Linus reciting the story of the birth of Christ from the Gospel of Luke. The network orthodoxy of the time assumed that viewers would not want to sit through passages of the King James Bible.

“They were freaking out about something so overtly religious in a Christmas special,” explained Melendez.

Which is why Charles Schulz was Charles Schulz. He knew that the Luke reading by Linus was the heart and soul of the story.

As Charlie Brown sinks into a state of despair trying to find the true meaning of Christmas, Linus quietly saves the day. He walks to the center of the stage where the Peanuts characters have gathered, and under a narrow spotlight, quotes the second chapter of the Gospel According to Luke, verses 8 through 14:

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 tidings of great joy, which shall 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 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 and goodwill towards men.

“ . . . And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” Linus concluded.

The scene lasted 51 seconds. When Linus finished up, Charlie Brown realized he did not have to let commercialism ruin his Christmas. With a sense of inspiration and purpose, he picked up his fragile tree and walked out of the auditorium, intending to take it home to decorate and show all who cared to see how it would work in the school play.

When CBS executives saw the final product, they were horrified. They believed the special would be a complete flop. CBS programmers were equally pessimistic, informing the production team, “We will, of course, air it next week, but I’m afraid we won’t be ordering any more.”

To the surprise of the executives, 50 percent of the televisions in the United States tuned in to the first broadcast. The cartoon was a critical and commercial hit; it won an Emmy and a Peabody award.

Two Recommended Christmas/New Year Articles

January 2, 08

First, a serious piece by Jerry Bowyer from Townhall. Excerpts:

AD or ADD?

2008 years from what? Most people still know (I hope) what event initiates our calendar. Few people know why. That’s because we have, long ago, stopped paying attention to history.

One of the reasons that it’s so hard to read and understand ancient history books is that they lack a unified chronology. Herodotus, Plutarch, etc., never say ‘this happened in the year X’. Instead they give you a lot of ‘in the tenth year of the reign of emperor such and such’, ‘or in the year of the 50th Olympiad’ etc.

There is, ancient man would say, no such thing as history. Everywhere there is chaos, except where our emperor/king/sheikh/chief/president-for-life reigns, and when he dies, the clock must be re-set. The King is dead, we shout, long live the king, and the calendar goes back to year one of the new reign.

When a new emperor comes, the clock is reset: It is year one. On it goes until the emperor dies and his reign ends. Then a new emperor and a new calendar.

But what if we had an emperor who will never (again) die? Then each generation will share the same calendar. We won’t date events by ‘the 10th year of the emperor Augustus’ or the 8th year of the reign of President Bush, or the 50th year of the glorious leader Fidel.

We’ll calculate them by the 2008th year of the reign of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. We’ll abbreviate them with AD (anno domini) using the Latin of the alleged city of eternal conquest.

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And a fun satire mocking all the irreligious icons liberals hold dear, by The People’s Cube:

Christmas in History: First Media Reports of Nativity Story

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Other Christmas posts:

Nostalgic Christmas Cartoons With a Christian Message

12 Days of Christmas Spoofs And Christmas Joke Songs

IM IN UR MANGER KILLING UR SAVIOR

Be Thankful For Jesus’ Incredible Self-Control (Christmas Related Post)

12 Days of Christmas Spoofs And Christmas Joke Songs

December 26, 07

Here are various spoof and political versions I’ve come across of that most modifiable of Christmas songs, The 12 Days of Christmas.

The full list of what was received over the 12 days of Christmas follow each link in white (which means it can’t be seen normally). Just highlight the blank area to see the lyrics after watching the vids, or if you don’t mind spoilers.

Due to too many references, I won’t be providing links for all the quotes and issues mentioned – go ahead and search for yourselves.

Enjoy!

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12 Days of Indian Stereotypes

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Twelve cricket ball tamperers
Eleven syllable names
Ten-minute yoga
Nine telemarketers
Eight Bollywood films
Seven-Eleven workers
Six IT graduates
Five Indian games!
Four Hare Krishnas
Three butter chickens
Two nosy inlaws
And a totally insuficient dowry

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12 Days of Liberals (also at here)

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Liberals gave to me…
Twelve senators failing
Eleven percent approval
Ten paychecks burning
Ninety thousand freezing
No more secret ballots
Seven hundred billion in new spending
Six troop funding cuts
Hillary’s Woodstock Museum!
Four bucks a gallon
Al Franken ranting
Two liberal Udalls
And a tax hike for every family!

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12 Days of Huckabee (the Liberal Left’s favourite ‘evangelical’ 2008 U.S. Presidential Candidate)

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On the twelfth day of Christmas Mike Huckabee came clean…
He’s just a Leftie
More social programmes
VP Chuck Norris
Money for power
Stole all the curtains
God’s own endorsement
Crazy fair taxes
One thousand pardons!
College for Hose
Bashed all the Mormons
Loved all the taxes
And didn’t know what NIE was!

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12 Days of Starcraft (also at here)

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, Blizzard gave to me…
Twelve Arbiters
Eleven Science Vessels
Ten Ultralisks
Nine Battlecruisers
Eigth Archons burning
Seven Zerglings swarming
Six Zealots fighting
Five newborn Queens! (disuptable)
Four Hydralisks
Three Marines
Two Terran Wraiths
And a brand new SCV!

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Halolz has The Twelve Days of Team Fortress 2.

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And The Twelve Days of Garfield.

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The Twelve Days of Global Warming:

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The Twelve Days of (totally non-religiously affiliated) Winter:

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It’s Achmed the Dead Terrorist presenting his song, Jingle Bombs! (Bonus: First Achmed skit!)

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It’s Rage Boy singing Infidels, Infidels, In the Holy Land and Sharia Don’t Be Late!

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South presents Jesus and Santa Claus singing everyone’s favourite Christmas songs about… Themselves!

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PS. And see also Twelve Days of Global Warming (by Al Gore)!

IM IN UR MANGER KILLING UR SAVIOR

December 24, 07

For your Merry Christmas lols, a lesson to be learned: Never ask LARPers to act in your Christmas play!

Watch teh vidoo heer! Official site at for tax reasons!

Not anywhere near as blasphemous as the video title may sound, it’s just chosen as such as a play on the ‘I’m in ur base killin ur doodz’ meme. Enjoy!

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FRANKINCENSE…

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OF ETERNAL FLAME!!!

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MYRRH…CURIAL ARMOUR OF LIGHTNING DEFENSE!!!

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GOLD…COLOURED…GIFT CARD FROM DIGITAL CITY!!!

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And nerd-denial response here.

But for something more serious, do see Be Thankful For Jesus’ Incredible Self-Control.

Be Thankful For Jesus’ Incredible Self-Control (Christmas Related Post)

December 18, 07

First, read thru the following post:

Hasten Ministries: As It Wasn’t Painful Enough

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All done? If you followed my instructions, you’ll have just read about how Jesus suffered and was mocked while being crucified. And how He even intentionally increased the pain in order to fully take in the sorrow of sin.

This brings me to my point for this post: Do you realize how incredibly great Jesus’ self control, determination and discipline must have been as He allowed Himself to be arrested, tortured, mocked and murdered?

Yes, Jesus ALLOWED all this to be done to Him. Just read the following verses from the Matthew 26:47-54:

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.”

Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.”

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

As Jesus was chained and beaten, as He was spat at and jeered by the Sanhendrin court, as He was being viciously flogged and His flesh torn to shreds, as He dragged the cross beam to Golgotha, as He lay dying on the cross for hours…

Jesus was still God in human form.

With all the limitless power still at His disposal, the same power which long ago created the 3-followed-by-52-zeroes mass of the entire universe in a split second just by His speaking.

With an army of mighty angels awaiting His slightest gesture to smite the sinners who were despising the King of Heaven, the same angels who could kill every firstborn in Egypt, blind every man in Sodom, and confuse the pagan armies into killing themselves.

With every opportunity, up to the very last second before He died, to heal Himself of all His wounds, turn the Romans and Pharisees to ashes, and reign over Jerusalem, Israel and the world as a conquering Messiah… As Simon Zealotes is protrayed as asking Him to in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar:

There must be over fifty thousand
Screaming love and more for you
And everyone of fifty thousand
Would do whatever you asked them to
Keep them yelling their devotion
But add a touch of hate at Rome
You will rise to a greater power
We will win ourselves a home!
You’ll get the power and the glory
For ever and ever and ever!

It didn’t even have to be so dramatic and overawesome. Jesus could simply have refused to let them arrest and crucify Him in the first place, and settle down to a quiet life of marriage – as the plot of the film The Last Temptation of Christ goes.

But He didn’t. Instead, Jesus chose the most noble, unselfish path of all – to be humiliated, and to die for our sins.

The very first original temptation and sin mankind committed, to be like God (see bottom of of this post), is the very right that Jesus willingly surrendered, continuously and conciously kept on surrendering, in order to die for our sins.

In fact, we see a foreshadowing of this in Abraham’s test to sacrifice his son Isaac – Isaac would have been a young man by then, fully capable of resisting and overpowering a hundred-plus year old man. Yet Isaac ended up bound and tied – he must have knowingly let himself be prepared for death.

Like a rose, trampled on the ground… The very act of humility that some religious people think is too lowly for Almighty God to undergo is the very act of incredible honour and majesty that defines a truly Awesome God.

Mercy is not weakness. On the contrary, it takes true strength to show mercy.

A weak and unskilled gunslinger would not dare spare his enemy’s life, but the unbeatable cowboy in the white hat will always give his nemesis one last chance because he is confident he can draw and shoot fast enough o respond to any sudden aggression.

Jesus knew He could beat all the odds, and every temptation thrown at Him – including the very basic, very understandable urge to not let Himself, the ruler of all creation, be killed unjustly for the sake of evil, disgusting people like ourselves.

Thank Him today, that He never once gave in to the urge to do what was immediately just and right… At the cost of what would be eternally loving.

(Alternate snarky ending: Thank Him today, that He did not give in to the urge to cast Summon Angel Slaughterfest.)


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