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Letters From Father Christmas

By J. R. R. Tolkien

“To the children of J. R. R. Tolkien, the interest and importance of Father Christmas extended beyond his filling of their stockings on Christmas Eve, for he wrote a letter to them every year.”

– Baillie Tolkien

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Book Summary


Children’s Fiction


Fatherly Love, Imagination, Myths and Legends, Christmas


6 -12 years


Letters from Father Christmas is a collection of 23 charming annual letters from Father Christmas to four children, Jack, Michael, Christopher, and Priscilla, over twenty-three years.

Throughout these letters, the children get a glimpse into Father Christmas’ home in the Noth Pole, enjoy hilarious back-and-forth banter with the North Polar Bear (Father Christmas’ mischievous assistant), and become acquainted with Cave Bears, Red Gnomes, Snow-Elves, and the pesky Goblins who attack his home.

This is an endearing and whimsical family story that incorporates mythology, Christianity, and Tolkien’s personal beliefs; ultimately directing the reader’s heart toward the true meaning of Christmas.

Content Warning:

Illustrative of a father’s deep delight in cultivating creativity in his children, these letters are wonderfully creative and fun to enjoy. They are suitable for all families, whether or not your children believe in Father Christmas.

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