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Father Christmas and Me

(Christmas #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,699 ratings  ·  291 reviews
It isn't always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.

For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs everyday - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.

But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 12th 2017 by Canongate Books Ltd.
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Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The brave and courageous Amelia Wishart returns for another festive children's adventure, the final part of Matt Haig's imaginative trilogy with the wonderful illustrations of Chris Mould. Amelia is now living in Elfhelm, adopted by her new parents, Father Christmas and Mary Christmas who have got married, although trouble reared its ugly head at the wedding. Amelia is struggling to adjust and fit into her new life where the weather is blisteringly cold and icy. She has to attend Elf school wher ...more
"An impossibility is just a possibility you don't understand yet."

Matt Haig did it again! Another fabulous Christmas story from him! I absolutely loved Father Christmas And Me!
Amelia Wishart lives now in Elfhelm with Father Christmas and Mary, also known as Mother Christmas. You'd think life should be perfect for Amelia but it so not. Problem is Amelia is just too... human. Fitting in in the elves world is harder than you'd think. And being human she's also full of self doubt and constantly ques
Whispering Stories
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Father Christmas and Me, is the third book in a series of Christmas books by Matt Haig, with ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ and ‘The Girl who Saved Christmas’ being the first two.

In this story we get to meet Amelia Wishart, a young girl who feels that she doesn’t belong anywhere after the death of her mother and a father nowhere to be seen. With no-one to look after her, Amelia ended up at Mr. Jeremiah Creeper’s Workhouse. That was until Father Christmas
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

A little over a year ago, I read “A Boy Called Christmas,” and earlier this month I read the second book in this series, “The Girl Who Saved Christmas” which was equally as charming, as fun, and as magical as his first. I knew I would love the third, and so I began “Father Christmas and Me” and it was no surprise to me that it was as charming as the first two.
This begins where the second book leaves off, and Amelia Wishart is now living with her new adoptive parents, Father Christmas a
5 million shining stars to the third book in Matt Haig's Christmas trilogy!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book is filled with:
- magic
- hope
- making the impossible possible
- deadly chocolate
- spickle dancing
- holiday spirit
- misunderstood rabbits
- love
- nostalgia
And an endless amount of other lovely things!
This series is a modern classic, and it reminds me of my own childhood! I can't recommend it enough!!!

P.S. The ending very unexpectedly put tears in my eyes! 🥺🥰🎅🏼🎄📖💕

Gosh I just loved this so much!
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2020
Such a cute series! I loved this third book just as much as the first two.
Bam cooks the books ;-)
The third book in the Father Christmas trilogy by Matt Haig is told by eleven-year-old Amelia Wishart. She and Mary Winter have come to live in Elfhelm after Amelia helped saved Christmas last year.

But not all the elves are happy about having more humans in their midst and Father Vodol is up to his old tricks once again. He is publishing his own newspaper, The Daily Truth, which he is using to spread lies. He wants to about build a wall from sea to sea to keep humans out and plans to LOCK HER U
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Amelia Wishart is now living with her new adoptive parents in Elfhelm, Father Christmas and Mary/Mother Christmas along with her cat, Captain Soot. But, she is not really fitting in, and then has an accident that the evil Father Vodol uses to rally the elves to have humans evicted. Amelia tries to fix things, and then decides to go back to the human world, when the book's real hero, Pippin intercedes. There is a little bit of politics involved, with rabbits, which annoyed some readers, but not m ...more
Oh, how I have loved the three books in this series, culminating in this one. In the first we learn of Father Christmas's origin story, in the second we learn of a girl who helps fight trolls and saves Christmas along with Mother Christmas's origin story. This story focuses on the girl, Amelia Wishart and her awkward relationship with the elves (she's so big! her ears are so round!) and worse. Again we have an attack on Elfhelm, the place at the top of the world where they all live, this time by ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
1.) A Boy Called Christmas ★★★★★
2.) The Girl Who Saved Christmas ★★★★
3.) Father Christmas and Me ★★★★

1.) The Truth Pixie ★★★★
2.) The Truth Pixie Goes to School ★★★.5


"Books are trees that dream."

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


My least favourite in the trilogy, but certainly still wonderful! What a delightful little series!

trigger warnings: near drowning.
"Father Christmas lived at 7 Reindeeer Road, right next to Reindeer Field, on the edge of Elfhelm. His house, like many of the houses in Elfhelm, was made of reinforced gingerbread and -unlike almost all other houses in Elfhelm- it had a front door so large you didn't have to bend forward to walk through it. "

I had to do a bit more effort for this one as Library #1 had put their Christmas books away as they noticed that people tend to borrow them less outside of the Christmas period. But then I
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
”Books are trees that dream.”


I finally figured out what bothered me about The Girl Who Saved Christmas.
It’s Amelia’s narrative. I don’t like it; I think I don’t like her.
I LOVED A Boy Called Christmas; it was Magical and a new adventure. But I feel it should have stopped there. While I enjoyed the next book, the plot became a bit repetitive and there where something I didn’t like, but couldn’t put my finger on it until now.
This book being narrated only by Amelia made me realize that she was my
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exactly what I needed at this time of the year!

Matt has done it again! I can't even begin to describe how wonderfully the story wrapped up. I am quite sad it's over but I am sure all Matt will write in the future will be amazing as well!
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect way to end this trilogy! And in some metaphorical way it describes what's happening today: populism, division, and general skepticism towards 'outsiders'. But it also shows how important it is to stick together, to maintain the hope, not to focus on differences but on similarities. Well done, Matt Haig! ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read about hope, not fitting in, and understanding how lies can hurt the innocent.
The reader needs to read the second book before reading this book.
It sets up a new series for the Easter Bunny. Hopefully the author goes in that direction.
Lili  Marcus
After being saved by Father Christmas in London, Amelia Wishart and her cat, Captain Soot went to live in Elfhelm with Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. Elfhelm is a place hidden from human world and where elves and fairies and even trolls live. But this place isn't all charming for Amelia. The elves can't seem to accept her and she finds it hard to belong. But aside from that, a darker thing is upon Elfhelm, making hope dwindle. An old elf and Easter Bunny threaten not only Amelia's life ...more
Jessica Bonanni
Sadly I didn't quite feel that same holiday magic as the first two. Amelia Wishart is back but she just kinda bothered me more in this one. There were politics that mirrored real-world circumstances and a familiar villain that I felt a bit bored with and another holiday figure that plays into the plot, which felt like an interesting choice.

I feel like maybe reading this whole trilogy so close together wasn't the best decision for me because now I just feel burnt out on this world. Overall, it i
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good story and nice finish to the teilogy
Matt Haig does it again - perfect Christmas stories - in this third instalment in his wonderful, magical and poignant Christmas series. His writing is just beautiful and this is a festive read for adults as much as kids! My favourite character continues to be the truth Pixie, she makes me laugh and wish there were more people lie truth pixies around. Definitely pick this up after reading the first two in the series!
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this one, but it's no Christmasaurus. Dare I say some of it was a little boring and there were some slightly lazy gimmicks in order to move the narrative along. I appreciate I'm reading the final in the trilogy here and aught to give the first book a go at least, it was just a little slow for me. Children may well love it. ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This whole trilogy is the epitome of winter and holiday mood and I wish more people checked it out. It's adorable and very cozy.


This was a wonderful conclusion to Amelia's story, I loved it.
Sid Nuncius
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Father Christmas And Me is a little slow to get going, but once it does it’s a lovely, exciting Christmas story, full of Matt Haig’s usual humanity and wisdom.

In this instalment, Amelia (a human girl from a cruel workhouse now living with Father Christmas) goes to elf school and generally settles into life at Elfhelm. This opening section seemed a little slow to me, even though it is very imaginative and has important things to say about inclusivity. The pace picks up as the wicked Father Vogol
Charlotte Jones
In my endeavour to read some of the books I’ve been putting off until this time of year, I picked up the third book in Matt Haig’s Christmas series on audiobook. I have read the first and some of the second but didn’t feel like I missed out as a lot of the second book was recapped throughout this one.

It is impossible to avoid the allegories for Trumpism and the state of pre-pandemic America. I think that Haig managed to get themes of fake news and the danger of lies into the story in a way that
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I bought all three books of the Christmas series written by Matt Haig in early December. Sadly, only book 3 arrived in time and book 1 +2 will show up in 2021. Luckily, you can read book 3 without the first two books.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a perfect Christmas book for kids and adults living during this complicated time (and by that I don't mean the pandemic).
Without Trump being mentioned once I had to think of him so many times. There is a newspaper "The Daily Truth" in this book. Rea
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely festive read. Simple enough to read aloud to a child who is just getting into chapter books and entertaining enough for older ones to read and become engrossed in the magic of Christmas. It’s got everything a Christmas story needs: elves, Father Christmas, reindeer, a supporting cast of magical creatures; snow; Christmas songs and festive food.
One to snuggle up with whilst drinking got chocolate on a cold wintry day.
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: december

"..books are just trees that are having a dream."

I loved this series. I can see them becoming frequent holiday rereads. Matt Haig creates a magical world and Chris Mould’s illustrations enhance the festive feel.
The town of Elfhelm is gloriously imagined and detailed.
The tale has classic themes of fitting in and finding home, an epic Christmas vs. Easter showdown, and an endlessly loyal cat.

"'Humans aren't really that different to elves, you know. It's just that when lives are deprived
Charming and lovely. Really enjoyed reading this to my children over Christmas.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 ⭐

ALL the Christmas feels!! I loved this story. This book may have been my favorite of the trilogy. I can see returning to it in the future. We follow Amelia's first years in Elfhelm and all of the trouble she gets into. We also get more hilarious scenes with the truth pixie and an origin story for the Easter bunny. I highly recommend for all ages!
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned, audiobook
Hmh, mixed feelings with this one. I'm not sure at all that this was so much worse than previous ones, but somehow I totally lost interest of reading it any further. It might be, that three children stories consecutively was too much, or it was about the reader, Natascha McElhone. I did not like her whispering style at all.

I might try this one again one day.
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Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny, rive ...more

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