Advent Calendar – 14th December

11 days to go!

I saw Sheila come sailing by...

Sheila sailing on a boat

♫  On Christmas day, on Christmas day. I saw Sheila come sailing by on Christmas Day in the morning! ♫ 

Christmas Book of the Day

Letters From Father Christmas

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas.

They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining-room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house!

Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and ‘authenticity’ of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas. (Description from Amazon.co.uk)

This book is available to borrow from the Library via the online request form

Letters From Father Christmas

Christmas Word of the Day

Poinsettia

A small Mexican shrub with large showy scarlet bracts surrounding the small yellow flowers, popular as a houseplant at Christmas.

Poinsettia

Did you know?

Yule Lads

There are 13 Yule Lads in Iceland that leave gifts for children. From December 12th they come down the mountain one by one and have names such as Spoon Licker, Door Sniffer and Meat Hook.

Snow covered mountain