If you’ve heard of The Nutcracker at all, it’s probably via Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. Centered around the Christmas Eve of one little child, Clara, the ballet takes on a whirlwind of musical and visual delights in another land of candy and toys. The original source material by Hoffmann follows pretty much the same story as […]Read more "Book Review: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann"
Another Wednesday, another notch in the Christmas book countdown. The title may provoke you to roll your eyes and remind you of the Jim Carrey film (which I personally don’t mind), but how many of you have read the original Dr Seuss book? Published in 1957, in makes us think about the money-making, gift-centric nature of […]Read more "Book Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss"
Hans Christian Andersen, master of story tales, contributes a sobering and bittersweet story to the Christmas tale roster in The Little Match Girl. Some of you might be familiar with the story from Disney’s Fantasia, whilst others of you might have heard of the story from the writer’s many famous tales. This christmas time there […]Read more "Book Review: The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen"
What would Christmas have been like if J.R.R. Tolkien was your father? Thanks to Letters from Father Christmas, we have an inkling of how this might have gone. Through the magical letters he used to send to his children during the Christmas season, Tolkien brought Christmas alive. I cannot replicate the drawings found in the […]Read more "Book Review: Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien"