So, my dears, I hope you will be happy this Christmas and not quarrel, and will have some good games with your Railway all together. Don’t forget old Father Christmas, when you light your tree.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, Letters from Father Christmas
J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings) was born on this day in 1892 (died 1973)
Most folks these days are familiar with Tolkiens work from the movies and not the books. But the stories of Middle Earth were not his only writings.
Between the years of 1920 and 1942 Tolkien wrote letters to his children from Father Christmas. The stories are told from the point of view of Father Christmas or his elvish secretary. These were published posthumously in 1976 by the Tolkien estate.