Father Christmas

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Bio Info

Titles: Father Christmas and (in our world) Santa Claus

Age: Unknown

Species: Son of Adam

Home: Unknown

Physical Description: He is a huge man with a great white beard and wears a bright red robe with a fur-lined hood

Tools: A sleigh pulled by reindeer and a sack full of presents

First Appearance: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ch. 10 (1950)


Appearances

~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ (1950)

Father Christmas has been kept out of Narnia during all the long years of the White Witch's reign. But when Aslan returns, the Witch's power begins to crumble, and Father Christmas is finally able to enter Narnia. Father Christmas finds the three Pevensies and the Beavers while they are trying to reach the Stone Table. To Peter he gives a sword and a silver shield with a great red lion on it. To Susan he gives a magical bow and a quiver of arrows as well as a magical horn. To Lucy he gives a dagger and a cordial that will heal any injury with a single drop of its juice. He also tells Mr. Beaver that he will return home to find his dam repaired and finished, and that Mrs. Beaver will find a new sewing machine in their home. Then Father Christmas gives them a wonderful breakfast. With a crack of his whip, Father Christmas rides away in his sleigh, crying, "Merry Christmas! Long live the true King!"


About Father Christmas

Though his part is brief, Father Christmas is important in the story for several reasons. From his words, it seems that he had been fighting his own private battle with the White Witch for many years, trying to get into Narnia to bring Christmas and hope amidst her bleak winter. The gifts that Father Christmas gives to the Pevensies are essential as they go on to reclaim Narnia in the name of Aslan. Peter kills Maugrim with his sword, Susan's horn brings the Pevensies back to Narnia in Prince Caspian, and Lucy's cordial saves the lives of many Narnians in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian. Finally, Father Christmas' commitment to Aslan's cause is an indication that the Pevensies are not fighting this battle alone.


Inspiration

Father Christmas in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is drawn from the well-known popular legends of Santa Claus, the magical person who travels every Christmas Eve in a sleigh pulled by reindeer to bring presents to children everywhere. These legends in turn are based on the real life of St. Nicholas, a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop who was very generous to the poor. Some Christian groups object to the concept of Father Christmas because they claim he takes the focus off Christ during the Christmas season. But Lewis' inclusion of a Father Christmas figure who is subservient to Aslan, the Christ-figure in the series, is a classic example of Lewis' belief that all myths ultimately glorify the Creator.


Quotes

  • "I’ve come at last. She has kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last. Aslan is on the move. The Witch’s magic is weakening." (LWW, Ch. 10)
  • "These are your presents, and they are tools not toys. The time to use them is perhaps near at hand. Bear them well." (LWW, Ch. 10)
  • "But battles are ugly when women fight." (LWW, Ch. 10)
  • "Merry Christmas! Long live the true King!" (LWW, Ch. 10)


Portrayals

  • James Cosmo: Disney/Walden The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005

Born: 24 May 1948






  • David Simeon (voice): Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002


  • Bert Parnaby: BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • Michael Deacon (voice): BBC Radio Tales of Narnia
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