Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Letters from Father ChristmasThis book is a quiet treasure that features a collection of Christmas letters and illustrations that J. R. Tolkien created for his children. How much fun it must have been for them to anticipate the arrival of a Father Christmas letter!

The first letter was posted to the Tolkiens in 1920, and for over 20 years the four Tolkien children were the recipients of an annual letter from ‘Father Christmas’. Each letter describes humorous, adventurous and oftentimes disastrous events that occurred at the North Pole during the year. They all feature the North Polar Bear, who is Chief Assistant to Father Christmas, and many other imaginary characters such as gnomes, snow elves and goblins. The letters are simply delightful with charming, detailed illustrations.

I became enchanted with these letters many years ago and I continue to enjoy annual visits with Father Christmas to this day.

Posted by: Wendy

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    Lauren Bochat said,

    After reading your review of Father Christmas I can’t wait to look at the book myself. It sounds so fun! I would love to start a new family tradition of reading a letter each year to my children at Christmas time.

    Thanks for the review.

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