The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe begins with Lucy entering the frozen woods of Narnia. She was not expecting to find a world hidden behind layers of clothes, but when she stumbled across the snow, the lamppost and Mr. Tumnus the faun, Narnia did not seem to be such a bad place. She was on an adventure in an interesting new world.
It is only after she accompanies Mr. Tumnus to his cave that she finds out the real truth of the state of affairs in Narnia. She learns about the reign of the White Witch.
“Why, it is she that has got all Narnia under her thumb. It’s she that makes it always winter. Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!”
Upon hearing this new piece of information, Narnia hardly seems to be the wondrous land that Lucy believed it was a few hours earlier. All of a sudden, it turned out to be a threatening and dark country.
As a Vermonter, I know a little something about winter, and as a Christian, I know a little something about Christmas.
I first of all know that in winter, nothing grows. Essentially, nature is in a holding pattern. There is very little change during winter. All of the leaves have fallen off of the trees, and new ones are not growing. Animals are hibernating, and very few even give birth to offspring during the winter as I understand it.
This isn’t to say that things don’t happen in the winter or that there cannot be happiness in the winter. Lucy and Mr. Tumnus enjoyed each other’s company in the winter. Many people here in Vermont enjoy snowshoeing or snowmobiling.
However, that does not change the way that nature is, and that is the same type of control that the White Witch had over the land of Narnia; while she couldn’t control everything about how people responded to their circumstances, she certainly could chain the world in a holding pattern that it could not escape.
We know however that spring dawns in our world, and we also know that it does come to Narnia. It is not simply nature that brings about the change in Narnia though.
“’This is no thaw,’ said the dwarf, suddenly stopping. ‘This is Spring. What are we to do? Your winter has been destroyed, I tell you! This is Aslan’s doing.’”
The hold that evil had on the world was undone by the coming of Aslan. The holding pattern of winter was broken, and hope had arrived. No longer did the Narnians have to settle for the status quo; something better was on the move.
This is much how it is with our own world. We can spend our lives stuck in a rut of winter. There is no change and no growth. Our sin nature holds us in that place because we cannot break the curse on our own. We can try to put a brave face on it and find temporary happiness in our circumstances. We can have a nice meal with a faun, but the reality is outside, we’re still stuck in that wintery rut.
There is only one who can bring us hope and something better. Jesus Christ came to give us the opportunity to be reconciled to God and not have to be the slaves of sin anymore. We don’t have to be trapped in winter but can feel the warmth and joy of spring. We can grow and mature in ways that simply were not possible before.
 CS Lewis, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 2552-2553, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., Kindle Locations 3598-3599.