028 – Father of the Century: a PPP Christmas Special

Alan and Shawn call for a Christmas truce on the Beleriand battlefront to enjoy Tolkien’s letters from Father Christmas to his children John, Michael, Christopher, and Priscilla. Not content to write about just toys and reindeer, Tolkien filled his letters with the charming misadventures of a host of North Pole residents, including elves, goblins, and a trickster bear with poor spelling. You’ll never feel good about your parenting skills again.

We found some excellent images of both Lott’s Bricks and Picabrix at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum website here.

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Recommended Reading:

Tolkien, J. R. R. (Baillie Tolkien, ed.) Letters from Father Christmas (Mariner Books, paperback)

Tolkien, J. R. R. Tales from the Perilous Realm (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover)

2 thoughts on “028 – Father of the Century: a PPP Christmas Special

  1. Wonderful episode, guys, I listened to it until now due to the many duties and people around the house.

    I do not have “Father of Christmas” in my collection, in fact, I think nobody in my city knows it, and I have never read it, but for the fragments you read, it seems to be a wonderful book, which I think it would have been so cool to have when my children were little and asked for a story when going to bed.

    As always, I enjoyed listening to you, thanks again ad I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas. 🌲

    • Thank you! The Father Christmas Letters really is a wonderful book, and I look forward to reading it to my children when they are just a little bit older than they are now. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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