This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Join in this fun, high-interest literature course — where your middle school student learns “the magic of Christmas.” From the Gospels to Colonial American stories, examine Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” G.K. Chesterton’s classics, and more — as you gain a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation.
What is the “magic of Christmas” and why has it captivated even the secular world for so many centuries? We’ll explore the history of the celebration of Christmas, from the Gospel accounts of the Nativity to the banning of Christmas by the Puritans in Colonial America, to the commercialization and secularization of Christmas in modern times. Through it all, we’ll look at the depiction of the Nativity in Literature, Film and Music. We’ll examine A Christmas Carol, we’ll watch scenes from Christmas movies, we’ll read essays and poems on Christmas by G.K. Chesterton, we’ll examine the theology and wonder behind classic and modern Christmas Carols — and we’ll even explore the strange transformation of St. Nicholas into Santa Claus! But our goal through it all will be to have a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation. Note that each student will work on a Final Project that will be a story, poem or other creative work that he or she will present to his or her family during the Christmas season!
The Nativity of Our Lord in the Early Church
St. Nicholas – from Bishop to Santa Claus
Christmas in the Middle Ages – Mummers and More!
The Puritans and the Death of Christmas
Modern Christmas – Songs and Movies
Final Project Highlights
Course Materials: Provided as PDF’s free by the Instructor
Homework: Quizzes and fun assignments. Homework should average about one hour per week.