My very favorite single line ever written with regard to Christmas is from a work of fiction that never explicitly mentions Christmas.

In C.S. Lewis’ closing book of his Narnia series, The Last Battle, Narnia’s last king finds himself thrown through a stable door in the midst of the brutal, apparently losing fight. But instead of a dank, dark, smelly barn, King Tirian finds himself looking at blue sky in an endless, beautiful, grassy countryside, with laughing friends all around him. Then comes the line:

“It seems, then,” said Tirian, smiling himself, “that the stable seen from within and the stable seen from without are two different places.”

One of those friends, Lord Digory, then made the meaning clearer still: “Yes. Its inside is bigger than its outside.”….

Read the rest, here.  — Quin

 

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