Reading The Father Christmas Letters Over Again
Fans of The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books and movies are familiar with the name J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien is world-renowned for the story of a simple hobbit and his friends and companions living in middle earth, and his journey to save the world from the clutches of evil, contained in a ring that must be destroyed. The books were turned into one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, and more movies based on those characters are currently in the works. As successful as those writings have been, Tolkien is also known for his collection of The Father Christmas Letters, letters which he composed for his children for over two decades, complete with fun illustrations and graphics.
Tolkien was the proud father of four children, and he did not settle for just reading hobbit stories to them at night or for the holidays. In his letters, penned as Father Christmas, he tells of the adventures of Father Christmas and his clever companions, including the North Polar Bear and his two cubs. The group finds mischief and new friends as they explore caves, fireworks, and other comical situations that only Tolkien could create.
Some may find that Tolkien’s writings are a bit old-fashioned and even formal and stiff for today’s children, but Tolkien writes in a voice that is whimsical and with a narrative that is easy to follow. His writing is never heavy-handed and it comes alive in rich detail that is often missing from today’s stories. His overall theme is one of comic adventure but with a certain sense of sad whimsy in that children will all eventually grow up, and along the way they may lose their sense of adventure and wonder and even their sense of Christmas. This is a narrative to which many parents can relate.
His drawings also add a lovely sense to his writing, as Tolkien was fascinated by myth and legend and characters that are larger than life and very fantastic. Tolkien did not restrict himself to illustrations and artwork taken strictly from real life, but he instead created characters in all his books that were outside the realm of the real world, making them even more fantastic and appealing to children especially.
The Father Christmas Letters can be difficult to find today since the collection was first published a few decades ago. However, the entire collection is considered a classic and a great choice for parents and children to share. You may enjoy reading it yourself or to your children or grandchildren, and it may become a new classic for the entire family.