Saturday, December 21, 2013

Book Blogger Hop December 20th - 26th: Rule 34. That Is All.

Book Blogger Hop

Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: What is your favorite book set around Christmastime?

I may sound like a broken record here, as I almost always reference this book when asked about Christmas-oriented books, but my favorite book set around Christmastime is, and probably always will be, J.R.R. Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas. Picking this book is cheating a little bit, because it isn't set during a Christmastime, but rather during many. And it isn't really about Christmas so much as it is an example of a father's love and affection for his children.

The gist of the book is this: Like many children, Tolkien's offspring wrote letters to Father Christmas (or as the character is better known in the United States, Santa Claus) every year between 1920 and 1942. However, the twist is that Father Christmas wrote back to Tolkien's children, sending them beautiful hand-written and illustrated letters telling the tales of the doings of Father Christmas, the Great Polar Bear, and the red and green elves. And sometimes the evil goblins. Because you can't have a Tolkien story without goblins. It is a magnificent work of Christmas-themed devotion and love, and is my favorite Christmas book.

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  1. That sounds like a great read. I will have to check that one out and see. Thanks for adding to my TBR list. LOL!

    1. @Alysia A: It is a great read, and the illustrations Tolkien made to accompany his letters (which are included in the book) are beautiful.