Christmas Book Review: Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien


If you are looking for an unusual Christmas read with beautiful pictures then look no further than Tolkien’s ‘Letters from Father Christmas”

Every December J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s received envelopes stamped from the North Pole.  Inside were  personal letters written in flowery, red writing and lots of colourful drawings .  The letters were from Father Christmas and his chief helper Polar Bear.  They told tales of life at the North Pole in the lead up to Christmas.  Sometimes the letters were brief, other times they were long and detailed with stories of exploits and adventures.   Father Christmas tells of the time the man in the moon fell into the garden; the day Polar Bear his hapless but loveable companion put out all the northern lights and turned the sky black and stories of his long running battles with armies of Goblins who try to ruin Christmas.

The book is moving in its detail and the time and effort J.R.R. Tolkien put into ensuring all  of his four children enjoyed the wonder and mystery of Christmas.

The stories are funny and touching and the pictures enchanting in their childishness.  This book will appeal to anyone who still enjoys the magic of Christmas whatever their age.


  1. Carolyn
    December 16, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Looks great Angie – just ordered it – also a book written by someone I’d not heard of before namely Charles Causley who is a poet and also writes for children.

    • December 16, 2014 / 12:32 pm

      I think you’ll enjoy it Carolyn. It will be a nice book to share with the children. I shall investigate Charlse Causley too. xx

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