I’ve always associated Christmas with books and reading. A book has always been a favourite gift. When I was a child, a Christmas did not go by without my reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. As an adult, that has been replaced with reading or listening to Stuart MacLean’s short story, “Dave Cooks the Turkey” (audio version available at https://soundcloud.com/cbc-radio-one/vinyl-cafe-dave-cooks-the).
Earlier this year, a friend gave me a book which I can see will become a favourite for this time of year. Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien is a beautiful little book complete with illustrations by the famous author of The Lord of the Rings.
Beginning in 1920 and continuing for over twenty years, Father Christmas wrote a letter to the four Tolkien children. Father Christmas wrote about events at the North Pole and the escapades of the North Polar Bear, Snow-elves, Red Gnomes, Snow-men, Cave-bears, and the Polar Bear’s nephews, Paksu and Valkotukka.
The book reproduces Father Christmas’ shaky handwriting and the pictures he sent in his letters. It’s a visual treat as well as a fun read.
Merry Christmas to all my readers.
Joyeux Noël à tous mes lecteurs.
Wesołych Świąt dla wszystkich moich czytelników.
Vrolijke Kerstmis aan al mijn lezers.