A Charlie Brown Christmas
Three bright, shiny Christmas bulbs hang from a volunteer red cedar determined to grow in the cement cracks of a loading dock at East Second and A streets in McCook.
The droop of the tree top reminds passers-by of the scrawny, bedraggled Christmas tree decorated by cartoon icon Charlie Brown in a 1965 cartoon, and the true meaning of Christmas, according to fellow cartoon character, Linus Van Pelt:
"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 unto 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 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, good will toward men.'"
Linus picks up his beloved blanket and says to Charlie Brown, "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
Linus concluded, "I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love."