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C.S. Lewis quotes

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I mentioned yesterday that there was a reason why we were starting our Narnia Christmas theme early, here in November.  This month is when a great writer is remembered.  I grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia and have always loved them.  My kids and I have listened to the radio theatre dramatizations of these books about 100 times, and we have enjoyed the recent movies.  Of course, these books aren’t the only creations of C.S. Lewis.  There are many other wonderful books, essays and poems by him.  A very brief bio:

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as “Jack”, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–1963. He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape LettersThe Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere ChristianityMiracles, and The Problem of Pain.

His works have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularized on stage, TV, radio, and cinema.

Lewis died one week before his 65th birthday. Media coverage of his death was minimal; he died on 22 November 1963—the same day that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the same day another famous author, Aldous Huxley, died. This has led to the date of his death often being overshadowed by that of Kennedy.

Lewis continues to attract a wide readership. In 2008, The Times ranked him eleventh on their list of “the 50 greatest  British writers since 1945”. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis joined some of Britains greatest writers recognized at Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey.  (This whole quote is from wikipedia)

Before I begin my posts about our Narnia Christmas, I wanted to recognize the brilliant author behind the land of Narnia.  You may have heard some of the following quotes and not realized who they were from!  C.S. Lewis quote, on dennasideas.com

C.S. Lewis quote, on dennasideas.comThere’s a site here with lots of C.S. Lewis quotes.  The following are just a few from that site, since I don’t have time to type them all out!! 🙂


And of course I love this one, 

C.S. Lewis quote - hardship

you can find some free printable quotes like this one below, here at Oaxacaborn The scent of a flower - C.S. Lewis // 3 Free C.S. Lewis Quote Printables from Oaxacaborn

Today falls in between the dates when C.S. Lewis was born, and when he passed away, so it seemed a good time to mention him and works, as there have been so many inspired by his writing for more than half a century.

To Narnia and the North!

Guess the Theme Game

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We’ve started a theme around here….a before-and-during Christmas theme.  We don’t usually “do themes” for Christmas, other than Christmas, but I fixated on this idea for awhile and decided to go with it.   (I was told that a theme was ok, as long as it’s not too girly!)  To introduce the kids to my super idea, I made up a little guessing game.  See if you can guess what our theme is…
Narnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comThe items are hidden in the basket and came out one by one….(I did it without the hints, and added those later)

Narnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comI wanted to use a compass, but someone lost it for me, so I went with the spyglass.Narnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comnext…Narnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comNarnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comNarnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comguessed yet?Narnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comand the most obvious for last…Narnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comMy last clue was a chocolate bar called Big Turk…chocolate covered Turkish delight, but it was eaten so quickly that I didn’t get a photo of it!!  And no, I still don’t really like Turkish delight, though some of the kids do.  So did you guess our theme?

I thought my guessing game was a good idea, but of course things don’t usually work as planned….before I even opened the basket one of my dear children blurted out the theme.  And didn’t even really give the other kids a chance to guess, just yelled “Narnia” every time something came out of the basket.  That’s when I was getting them to explain exactly how each item went with the theme.  And yes, the theme is Narnia!!  At the end my dear child explained that I had already given away my idea weeks ago….hmmmm….I had forgotten that part!  Oh well, it was kinda fun anyways….even with the spoilsport!Narnia Guessing Game for kids by dennasideas.comAnd then there were cookies….to go with the theme…of course!  What’s a theme without baking???!!!Chronicles of Narnia cookies by dennasideas.comNarnia cookies by dennasideas.comWords to get through the winter on…..”When Aslan bares his teeth, Winter meets it’s death”….that’s what is engraved on High King Peter’s sword.  So this week we’ll be doing our Narnia theme, I’ve already got a few projects on the go!  Can anyone tell me why this week, of all weeks, is the perfect time for a Narnia theme??? Hmmmm???  There’s a good reason 🙂