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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Reading Recommendations

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 

 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.