In spite of empty platitudes and trite sayings, we get — philosophically speaking — to the bottom of Christmas, after all. Are our homes the equivalent of Narnia without Aslan? Always winter and never Christmas? Don’t be the white witch!
The work of Christmas can actually be an integral part of scholé. Can we simplify Christmas? Should we? And what has that to do with our faith? We talk about all this and more in today’s episode.
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Don’t be the white witch!
Today it’s Jadis v. Chesterton – who are YOU going to be?
Inspired by a well-meaning but misguided Facebook meme making the rounds, the sisters discuss what makes Christmastime meaningful and what celebration truly means.
The effort truly is worth it. The extra time, energy, and money to set aside the holiday as special is a crucial part of education, culture, and integrity.
In the home where the white witch reigns, it is always winter and never Christmas. With imagery taken from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Brandy Vencel, Mystie Winckler, and Pam Barnhill set the mood and tone for Christmas this season.
They throw down the gauntlet, in fact: Don’t be the white witch.
Mentioned in “Don’t be the white witch”
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Christmas Spirit: The Joyous Stories, Carols, Feasts, and Traditions of the SeasonJosef Pieper: Leisure : The Basis of Culture: Including the Philosophical ACT (Paperback); 2009 EditionNicomachean Ethics (The New Hackett Aristotle)You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of HabitThe Jesse TreeThe Gift of the Magi (Holiday Classics Illustrated by P.j. Lynch)
- Brandy’s article on the same topic
- Liturgical Year
- Jennifer Dow
- Carrots for Michaelmas Spotify Wintry Music Playlist
- Mystie’s Christmas Prep series
- Saddling the Masterly Inactivity Virtue Horse (more on virtue between two extremes)
- Online Jesse Tree devotions
Nitty Gritty Homeschool Question:
Do you do anything to keep up your children’s skills during Christmas break?
Yes – and no.
Listen to the episode to find the answers.
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This episode is sponsored by The Art of Homeschooling.
It’s the truth: The perfect plan will never be perfectly executed. Homeschool days will go horribly wrong. Our energy will fizzle out and our attention will wane. Our kids dawdle, complain, and bicker. It happens. To work our plan isn’t to fix ourselves, our home, or our children so that such things never happen. No, to work our plan is to have strategies for handling life even when it goes off the rails, because that’s actually when important lessons are learned by all.
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