Thursday 28 December 2006

it's good to know that you are home for Christmas...

Without wanting to rake the whole thing over again, I’ve got an update on the story of the Father Christmas letters….

I got into work this morning to find a carefully wrapped parcel on my desk. I opened it up to find a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Letters from Father Christmas” – a collection of the letters and illustrations that Tolkien produced for his children every year from 1920 to 1943.

Inside is an inscription:

To [ST]

With many thanks for keeping the magic alive, from [my colleague], mother of Hannah and Ellie.”

A nice gesture, I thought. I must admit that I was also rather amused to see that one of Tolkien’s hand-drawn illustrations shows Father Christmas in the kitchen rolling some pastry whilst wearing an apron....