Letters To Father Christmas

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Carole Boyd explores the tradition of writing letters to Father Christmas.

Carole Boyd explores the tradition of writing letters to Father Christmas, featuring some by Dickens and Tolkien. From December 2001.

Carole Boyd explores the tradition of writing letters to Father Christmas, featuring some by Dickens and Tolkien. From December 2001.

2001121920161224 (BBC7)
20161225 (BBC7)
20191223 (BBC7)
20191224 (BBC7)
Carole Boyd explores the tradition of writing letters to Father Christmas.

An exploration of the origins of this famous Christmas tradition, with extracts from letters to Santa Claus by J R R Tolkein, Charles Dickens and children.

JRR Tolkien immortalised Christmas letters in Letters from Father Christmas.

Charles Dickens penned a letter to Santa in 1843 telling him about his new work, A Christmas Carol.

Carole Boyd takes us from the beautifully penned sentiments of great writers to some of the most original examples of children's letters and explores the origins and continuing popularity of this favourite Christmas tradition.

Producer: Adele Armstrong

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2001.