Spreading Magic

‘Tis the season to spread a little magic! If you’ve ever read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Father Christmas Letters, you know what a gem they are. Full of beautiful illustrations and humorous stories, the letters Tolkien wrote to his children from Father Christmas spanned 20 years from 1920 to 1942. Those letters inspired me to pick up Santa’s pen when my children were growing up and, years later, to continue the tradition with letters to my neighbor’s children, now ages nine and seven. I often do a little research on the North Pole to put me in the right frame of mind before writing. A photo of colorful fur boots from Lapland caught my eye this year and sparked the story.

Wishing you a wonder-filled holiday and the chance to spread some magic of your own!

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See previous letters here.

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24 thoughts on “Spreading Magic

    • Thanks Shari– Likewise! I continue to enjoy and learn a lot from your blog– keep sharing! I’m eager to get back to my journal after several weeks of other art projects. Happy Holidays!

  1. Jean, these are wonderful. The Professor would be proud.

    Makes me wonder if more people around the world are carrying on Tolkien’s letter tradition. Wouldn’t it be fun to collect them all in a book?

  2. Happy and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Jean. This post was delightful!! Thanks for the great idea (beautifully executed!)

    • Hi Melissa– They are sweet boys; in fact they are now former neighbors since we moved from NY to CT, so I hardly see them anymore. This is a fun way to play a distant part in their lives. All the best to you! — Jean

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  4. Great Story, Jean along with the sketches. I’ll have to read Tolkien’s stories Many magical and creative days with your painting during 2017. Note: I missed a few of your previous blog posts; I had accidentally deleted “following” of your blog.

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