Publisher and Publication Date: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2009. First published 1976.
Format: Kindle e-book.
Audience: Tolkien readers. Readers of Christmas stories.
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Letters From Father Christmas is a series of letters written and illustrated by Tolkien to his children. The letters are left for the children in their Christmas stockings beginning in 1920 and ending in 1943. John is the oldest and the recipient of the 1st letter. Priscilla is the last child to receive a letter.
The letters are endearing, personal, creative, and memorable.
I accidently came across this e-book while searching for Tolkien stories. I am so glad.
Several reasons why I love this book.
1. The Christmas letters show the personal side and life of the Tolkien family.
2. The letters include information about life outside their home. For example, World War II. How other children are impacted by the war.
3. The Christmas letters are shown themselves in the original handwriting, in color, and with illustrations. Then, the letters are typed out in a readable format.
4. The creative Tolkien is shown by small stories about Red Elves, the Elf secretary, and dear Polar Bear.
5. I love how they are signed by “Your loving Father Christmas.”
6. I love how Tolkien (the letter writer of course) doesn’t leave out the children as they grow older. Priscilla is the last to be gifted with the letters. In her letters, Father Christmas remembers her brothers with messages to them.
7. The last letter is endearing as it is the last to be written because Priscilla is older. However, Father Christmas will not forget his “old friends.”
This book is a wonderful addition to a Tolkien lover.
It’s also festive with the color illustrations.