Letters From Father Christmas

Father Christmas’ Escapades in The North Pole


Bailee Acreman, Co Editor in Chief

“Letters From Father Christmas” is a collection of letters written by famous author J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of The Ring Series, and The Hobbit, for his children from Santa Claus, with a few from his secretary elf, Ilbereth. Father Christmas is often helped by a clumsy polar bear, who despite his general thoughtlessness is still very charming. There are goblins that try to attack Father Christmas’ house and burrow underground to steal presents. 


The book may have been written for children, but it is enjoyable for any age. Beyond the fun adventures the characters have, there are underlying messages that anyone would appreciate. One of the longer letters explained Santa’s need to deliver food and clothes to children in need, rather than presents, reflecting the impoverishment of many during the Great Depression. It teaches the children to be thankful for what they do have, even if their stockings are not as full as usual. 


There are plenty of funny and whimsical stories within this long book, and it is a great seasonal read. It has a unique format, and reflects the writing style of Tolkein beautifully, showcasing his artistic talents. 

“Here we are again! Bless me, I believe I said that before—but after all you don’t want Christmas to be different each year, do you?”