Thursday, December 15, 2005

past watchful dragons this Christmas

Every Advent I buy a gift for the Sally Ann or local Christmas Bureau. I like getting gifts that are suitable for older kids, pre-teens and teens, because they are often the ones most neglected and most difficult to find a suitable gift for.

What better gift than a book? And what better book than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, especially this year? It will generate high interest in kids who don't usually read because of the movie tie-in-- I think perhaps even teens will find it cool this year because of the movie, though the book is written at a younger reading level.

I found what was apparently the very last copy at the Willowbrook Toys R Us. Beautiful cover, nice photos from the movie-- inexpensive paperback, an easy gift even if you aren't too flush with cash yourself. If you want to give to younger children, there are a number of junior reader versions and subsidiary books-- activity and coloring books and so on. And so you can take part in getting the Story "past watchful dragons".....;-)

Make the sign of the cross on your gift and say a prayer for the kid who will be opening it Christmas Day before you put it in the Christmas Bureau bin. You will never know who they are or what they think of the gift, but God and the angels will be there when they open it...


5 comments:

kimberley said...

what a great idea. my own neices and nephews could use copies themselves i think! thank you.

xo

elizabeth said...

yes... i agree w. kimberly ... i think using culture to support the spreading of books that hold such great meaning is a super idea... thanks for the post :) i had not thought of this (of course i am so out of the movie loop, i *almost* have an excuse for missing this :) }

Simply Victoria said...

i remember when tltwatw were a part of curiculuum. ~sigh~ there I go again with another 'back in my day..' comment

Peter T Chattaway said...

Just make sure you buy the real Narnia books and not the competing novelizations of the movie that have also been put out ...

MatJenny said...

Sweet idea. I love Christian culture jamming! Last night our choir sang carols and Orthodox Christmas pieces on Government Street. Underwhelming response, but there was one tiny blonde girl who seemingly couldn't get enough of us. Her parents kept such a distance that we started to worry that she was on her own entirely! Later an older couple asked us who we represented and someone said "All Saints of Alaska Orthodox Church". There was a pause and the lady said "That's a long name". Touche!

Anyway, love the book idea for sure.