Merry Christmas!

Dear All,

That’s another year gone. As always, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has visited this website, made the Letters of Note and More Letters of Note books possible, and bought tickets to the amazing Letters Live. 2016 looks set to be even busier on all fronts and I’m itching to get started.

In the meantime, here are the most popular Christmas-related letters of note, arranged in no particular order. Also, if you’re looking for last-minute presents, head over to Books of Note for some very biased inspiration.

Merry Christmas!

1. America is like that second kind of Christmas

A cheery letter from John Steinbeck, on Christmas, gluttony and immorality.

2. The Matchbox

A fantastic letter of thanks from Sylvia Townsend Warner, in response to a seemingly mundane Christmas gift.

3. For your first Christmas

60-year-old Walter Page writes a charming letter to his grandson and discusses the things they have in common.

4. North Polar Bear’s leg got broken

One of many letters written by J. R. R Tolkien to his kids, in the voice of Father Christmas.

5. The most extraordinary scene

A soldier writes home to his wife on Christmas Eve and describes the moment British and German troops put down their weapons and greeted eaach other.

6. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

A young girl writes to a NY newspaper with a question about Christmas. The editor’s response is the most reprinted English language editorial in history

7. Your loving Santa Claus

Mark Twain writes to his daughter, as Santa Claus.

See you all soon.