Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Christmas Story (Dragon Style)

Merry Christmas from myself and my dragon friends!

Everyone celebrates Christmas with slightly different traditions and beliefs. Your favorite part might be the decorating–the filling of your home with the soft glow of Christmas lights and warm scents of a myriad of Christmas goodies. It might be the big gift exchange that your kids (or you!) have with all the cousins. Maybe you simply love to have your family close at this time of year, or maybe you’re aching because they aren’t there. It snows where you live, or it doesn’t, but whatever the weather is like, you love it for being Christmas.

For myself and millions of other people around the world, Christmas commemorates an event from long before good old Saint Nick entered the scene: the birth of Jesus, who came to show humanity the way back to God. You’ve probably heard the story and seen the manger scenes many a time (if not, you can check out the original story here), but did you know there’s another version of the story–one with a dragon in it?

dragon and woman fighting

William Blake’s depiction of the woman being protected from the dragon in Revelation 12. Image taken from Wikimedia Commons.

The dragon version of the Christmas story is found in the book of Revelation at the end of the Bible–a book that isn’t even read by many Christians because of its confusing prophesies and cryptic language. Whether or not you read, understand, or believe it, it is a beautiful book in some parts, including the the twelfth chapter, which is where our story takes place. This story portrays Israel as the woman, Jesus as the male child, and Satan (the Devil) as the dragon.

The story jumps around a little bit in the chapter, but goes something like this: The dragon and his allies cause a great war in Heaven and are ultimately thrown down to the Earth. The dragon tries to kill the child that will one day mean his doom, but fails in his efforts. When God protects the woman and child from his attacks, he wanders off to harass the rest of humanity until the child grows up to destroy him.

That’s a rough paraphrase. Whatever you believe about God, the Devil, and Christmas, you should read the story for yourself here. The symbolism is lovely–and who doesn’t want to read about a dragon on Christmas?

The dragon loses. We win. Enjoy the story, and enjoy the holiday!

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Hiccup and Toothless Are Coming Back!

As far as dragon movies go, the big fuss lately has been over the second installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  I can’t comment on that movie, since I haven’t been to see it yet (Will I? Still not sure–I wasn’t a big fan of the first one, though I love the book).  As Christmas gets closer, there’s another dragon movie that’s stirring up excitement: the sequel to Dreamworks’ popular How to Train Your Dragon. 

I’m usually of the opinion that sequels aren’t great movies, especially sequels to animated films. How to Train Your Dragon was an adorable movie, and I was hoping they wouldn’t ruin it by trying to add on to a good thing. I watched the trailer for the sequel for the first time this morning. The second movie, which will hit theaters in June, has actually piqued my interest. Like most trailers, it says very little about what the movie will actually be about, but it contained nothing that turned me away, and quite a few cute dragons that drew me in.  I’ll probably be watching How to Train Your Dragon 2 when it comes out, and will watch future trailers with interest.

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