I grew up in a house full of books, so it’s no surprise that there were books for special events like Christmas. They get packed up each year and stored away ready to come out with the Christmas decorations on the 1st December.
Last year I didn’t spend Christmas at my folks place so I missed the re-read, so when I got “home” and saw them there I just had to sit and have a read of 2 of my Christmas book picks:
The Jolly Christmas Postman
I’ve always loved getting mail, and as a kid Christmas meant lots of mail as cards came in from friends and family around the world – most of whom I didn’t know, but it didn’t matter as it was the envelope and the card itself that held the excitement for me … so it’s not really a surprise that my favourite Christmas book is The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg.
It’s Christmas and the Jolly Postman is delivering letters, and you get to open the envelopes and see what’s being delivered – there are the usual cards and letters as well as other gifts, like Miss R. Hood gets a game ‘Out of the Woods’ and Mr H. Dumpty gets a puzzle from The Royal Barracks. It was fun reading as a kid, and it’s still fun reading as an adult.
Letters from Father Christmas
This is a brilliant collection of illustrations and letters by Father Christmas sent to J.R. R. Tolkien’s children. The edition I have is like The Jolly Christmas Postman, with envelopes you open to get the letters from the man in the red suit, and the letters are fairly amazing they’ve been produced as facsimiles (with transcriptions on the back). The letters tell what he, and the Polar Bear have been up-to. What I like is they stories tend to include some sort of mishap – my favourite is the one where the Polar Bear is taking a bath and leaves the taps running so that the bath overflows and the water drips from the bathroom into the toy workshop below…
So, if you haven’t read either of these keep them in mind for next year (the editions I have are no longer available, but you can get a version of Letters From Father Christmas (minus the envelopes) and a 20th Anniversary Edition of The Jolly Christmas Postman).
If you have a Christmas read you’d recommend let me in the comments below and I’ll put it on my list for Christmas 2013!