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Letters from Father Christmas, Revised Edition

Letters From Father Christmas

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Letters From Father Christmas: J.R.R

From 1920 to 1943, wrote letters from Father Christmas for his four children, recounting his adventures in getting read for Christmas. As traditions between fathers and children go, this is wonderful. As reading goes, it is surprisingly good, considering he never apparently considered them himself for publication. I think this book would be best read to a child around that time of year, and in that situation could easily become something quite magical. For myself, the most remarka

While I honestly cannot recommend the Kindle edition of Letters from Father Christmas as you lose too much of the charm and beauty of the colorful artwork, I do recommend picking up a more recent publication as earlier editions omitted some of the letters and drawings that have been included in more recent editions.

Letters From Father Christmas by J

Title: Letters from Father Christmas
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-710503-7 / 978-0-00-710503-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Letters from Father Christmas 3.7 out of 5 based on ..

As an adult fan of Tolkien's work, Letters from Father Christmas gives one some very interesting insight into the writer's home life. Clearly he was a man who loved his children very much. Many years the mishaps at the North Pole are used to help explain away the reality that the children do not receive everything they have asked for. One particular year, Father Christmas mentions not having as much room in his sleigh for presents because he is carrying food and blankets for those many children who are hungry and cold on Christmas Eve; a very subtle but powerful reminder to his children that they are rich in home and family regardless of how much they receive Father Christmas even mentions one year that he was going to bring them "Hobbits" since he was bringing it to many children, but figured that they would have lots already. The latest letters take place during WWII, which Father Christmas speaks of with great distaste and blames for his dwindling stores. Here is one short letter from that time, which also alludes to the many adventures we've had to this point:

From 1920 to 1943, wrote letters from Father Christmas for his four children, recounting his adventures in getting read for Christmas. As traditions between fathers and children go, this is wonderful. As reading goes, it is surprisingly good, considering he never apparently considered them himself for publication. I think this book would be best read to a child around that time of year, and in that situation could easily become something quite magical. For myself, the most remarkable part are the lovely ink and paint pictures made to go with the letters. It was quite sad to me that Tolkien's youngest child, Priscilla, outgrew the practice in 1943, while the war was still in full swing, as I somehow wanted closure to the troubles referred to in the letters, but that's just me. As I said, Tolkien never intended to publish them.