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December 23rd – Twenty-third day of Advent

December 23, 2008

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve…

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“Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in an elderly and strange, spidery handwriting along with a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches.

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The letters were from Father Christmas.

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They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents everywhere; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house.

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Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humor to the stories.”

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The book spans twenty years of the lives of Tolkeins children, and at the bitter sweet end, he addresses only his daughter, just about grown up.

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This is my absolute favorite of all children’s Christmas books.  Our tradition has been to drive two hours north to spend Christmas Eve with my family.  On the way, I would read this book to the children in the back seat.  Alas, we no longer have a mini-van, the children have grown, as well as the family.  We have to caravan with two cars now.  I will be reading this book tomorrow, however, even if it is to the dog in the back seat!  Merry Christmas

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  1. December 24, 2008 2:49 am

    I have NEVER seen this. Ever. And it’s beautiful and amazing and I have to find it!

    I have to tell you one more time (since I will probably only be able to see text from tomorrow on –thank you, dial-up) how I have treasured every moment in this wonderful haven of beauty, joy, cheer and creativity. I am in awe, enchanted and delighted. You ARE Christmas spirit! I hope your Christmas is as lovely as your blog as been and that your new year makes you as happy as reading these have made me. Merry Christmas!

    A very Merry Christmas to you, Jeanie. Thank you for being a cyber friend, visiting, and posting fun things on your blog for me to visit. I am so pleased you enjoyed this advent calender!

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