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First Line Fridays 17: Christmas Classics

Only three days to go! Here shopping has been manic (but its mostly been for groceries, I buy most of my actual gifts online), and we have not had any snow. We rarely do anyway, but many parts of the country have, not a drop here. Just the wet stuff.  

I've always loved Christmas, but I'm not likely to finish any of my longer books before the new year, although my recently delivered copy of The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen awaits on the shelf. So I'm not including that book, instead of decided to feature two well known-classics which are often associated with the Christmas season.

One is a Christmas story in a traditional sense, the other is not, and both have been adapted for the small and big screen so that sometimes its easy to forget they were originally books.  

Of course, the above is from the much-loved children's book The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. 

Narnia . . . a land frozen in eternal winter . . . a country waiting to be set free.

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. 

Yup, this is from Dickens 'A Christmas Carol'. Who needs a synopsis for that: everyone knows the story right?  

Happy Friday, and Christmas Blessings from me until next week.


  1. I just saw The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe as a play last weekend! Made me want to pull C. S. Lewis's series out again. So good!!

    Next up on my TBR…
    The music seeped into her soul like fog over the Thames. (from A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White)

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Ohhh, I am down for a Blog Tour of A Song Unheard next month. So watch this space.

      The Narnia play sounds great. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Both of these are beloved to me! Thanks for sharing them and reminding me of the joy they bring! :-) Merry Christmas ~ May God remind you of His love and faithfulness in Jesus Christ this season.

    1. I've never read A Christmas Carol, but I love almost everything by C.S.Lewis, and of Narnia I think I shall never get tired.
      Thanks for visiting and happy Christmas.

  3. A good selection. Not one of my child books. I am featuring A historical mystery. The MC earns her living as a medium.

  4. Merry Christmas!

    Today on my blog I am featuring Desert Duet by Debra Marvin. I’m just beginning chapter 3, so I will leave the first line from that chapter.

    “The new gray fedora, with its crisp, black grosgrain band, would be a stylish, but dismal failure at preventing sunburn.”

    I’m really enjoying this story! Happy Friday. 😊

    1. I've heard of that author. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I love these quotes by C.S. Lewis--The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I will forever love The Chronicles of Narnia. :) And A Christmas Carol is another favorite book of mine. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  6. I love The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! Though it has been a while since I last read it, I can still quote a number of lines from it. :-)

    My first line comes from Deborah Raney’s Circle of Blessings:

    Dakota Territory, 1864

    It was almost closing time, and in all of his seventeen years, James Collingwood could not remember being so bone-weary as he felt tonight.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. I have not read it since I was about 7. Thanks for visiting.

  7. I'd never thought of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a Christmas story, perhaps because it's always winter and never Christmas. Which pretty much describes every winter in New Zealand! (Hey, does this mean Narnia is in New Zealand, somewhere near Middle Earth?)

    I'm sharing from All is Bright by Andrea Grigg over on my blog, a wonderful novella set in Australia ... which means a summer Christmas (FYI, that's normal for me. Not so normal for most of you, or for my Icelandic pastor and his family.)

    I'm currently reading A Sweethaven Christmas by Courtney Walsh, an new favourite author. Here's the first line:

    "Why is that woman staring over here?" Lila shifted in the tall-backed linen-covered chair and nodded towards a blonde woman at the bar.

    I suspect this is going to be more than a Christmas story ...

    Blessings as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour this week!

    1. Its not technically a Christmas story, but its usually shown at Christmastime. Parts of the movies were filmed in New Zealand: but I assure you, we all live in Middle Earth if we take the original definition.

      Thanks for visiting and happy Christmas

  8. The book I’m featuring on my blog is A Match of Sorts by Lucette Nel. Merry Christmas!


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