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Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
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Jan 04, 09

bookshelves: comics, children-s
Recommended for: everybody! it oozes with holiday charm

When I was a kid, this book was the best...I wonder what happened to my copy? It's a portrayal of Santa as a regular middle class guy living in a farmhouse in the English countryside. We follow him on Christmas Eve as he tries to take care of all the little things that need doing. So he's feeding the reindeer, making sure there's enough toilet paper, singing christmas carols in the shower, making tea for himself, loading up the sleigh, checking his list, etc. All the while he uses the word "blooming" as an expletive -- as in "blooming wind chill factor!" At the end of the night he settles down to a nice glass of scotch and opens presents from his relatives, who give him socks, I believe. This book is charmingly mundane and so totally English. I love it!

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