Fixed Blades

More Christmas in July

Imagine you are being chased by an evil queen who has cast a spell that keeps the entire realm in perpetual ice. Imagine a little more that you are a kid in this world where it is “always winter and never Christmas” . . . and then Santa shows up!

What I just described happens in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Not only does Santa show up, he brings gifts. And these are not just any gifts.

Lucy gets a dagger. Susan gets a bow, quiver, and arrows. Peter gets a sword and a shield. There are a couple other magical fufu gifts but who cares about that: Santa gives a knife to a kid . . . even in the BBC version.

The scene is of the “can you do that” kind of awesomeness. Yes, you can if the story is not bathed in political correctness.

There is however a somber tone that undergirds the whole scene. Santa (actually “Father Christmas”) says, “Battles are ugly affairs.” Consider that this is coming from writer C.S. Lewis who was a Lieutenant in WWI. Also in the story, the children are leaving WWII in Britain when they go to Narnia. Man-boys like Peter were going off to war and later in the franchise Peter does just that.

Santa calls his gifts “tools” which they are. C.S. Lewis believed that even in a fantasy land kids need to be competent. And unlike some other kids stories were weapons are present but not used, the Narnia kids use their weapons to kill animals and even people.

The gift just keeps on giving when you consider that undoubtedly kids have tried to use this scene to get “dangerous” gear for Christmas. Hint: kids if you are reading this, scare your mom by asking for a sword and settle on that gaming system you want.

If you want to entertain yourself with stories of kids and pointy things read the Narnia books or watch the movies. If you watch the movies take note that “Father Christmas” is played by super Celt James Cosmo (Disney version) who was also in Highlander, Braveheart, Sons of Anarchy as an IRA shot-caller, and more recently as Lord Commander Mormont in Game of Thrones.

Discussion

One response to “More Christmas in July

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *