I’m completely addicted to reading the posts on Letters Live. If you haven’t heard of it, I’m excited for you. (If you like snooping through letters sent by famous celebs and great people throughout history…who doesn’t?)
Letters Live is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive.
Shaun Usher, the professional snooper and total genius behind Letters Live, asked some famous friends to write a letter to the one and only…Father Christmas. Some are hilarious, some are nostalgic and most are completely touching.
Here’s our top ten favourites!
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1. Benedict Cumberbatch longs for more magic for children going through rough times
I feel a little sorry for you. And I guess I’ve done exactly what I said I wouldn’t… Asked you to help with adult problems and solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children. I promise to leave some extra port and mince pies for you! Lots of love Benedict x P.S. Please could I have that lightsaber now
2. Jarvis Cocker doesn’t want a lot for Christmas.
Blind faith, Personal wifi & network coverage “cold-spot” (dunno if this has been invented yet – but it ought to have been), Sheffield Wednesday season ticket, Cashmere underpants, Sexy glasses, Remote-control suitcase
3. Russell Brand hilariously reveals more than most. As usual.
Are you real? And this annual gift giving bonanza that you’ve masterminded – what’s that all about? I’ve got some obvious questions around physics (rotund tum vs narrow chimney, travel time etc)
4. Thandie Newton urges Santa to let Mrs Claus inspire the world with her presence this year.
You wouldn’t be so jolly, energetic and kind without the presence of a woman in your life. She must be FANTASTIC. You must love her to bits.
5. Shaun Usher pours out his belief in the power of the pen.
I spend my days searching for, reading, and then compiling books of “letters of note”, to illustrate that the dying art of letter writing is worth breathing life into. To show that it really is worth the extra effort; that the very act of putting pen to paper, of taking things a little slower, can bring out the best in us and strengthen bonds.
6. Ellie Bamber is just a big kid at heart. In glittery shoes.
I don’t really need much in the way of presents because being adult means you earn your own living and should I ever have the urge to go and buy a Frozen toy, I have the means to do so. That’s quite a nice feeling.
7. Yann Martel longs to press the reset button on our current world.
I appeal to you. Father Christmas, please take this bruised and battered world, wrap it in gift-wrap paper, and return it to us so that we might open it up with the same sense of wonder and delight that children show when they open the gifts you bring them. Make this world once again the beautiful, marvellous present that it is.
8. Matt Haig is full to the brim with Christmas spirit and belief in the miracle that is…you! (Aww.)
we are here, and not as dung-beetles but as HUMANS with the power not only to believe in Father Christmas and to write letters and create ART but also the power to understand the most important thing of all: THAT WE ARE *ALIVE*
9. Annie Lennox gets reflective.
The fact is, I only believed in you until I was about 6 years old, so once it dawned on me that you were the central figure in a collusion between parents and toy manufacturers all over the Western world, there seemed to be little point in writing to you anymore.
10. Thom Yorke asks Santa to prioritise this year.
here it is mostly rain. not even jumper weather yet! but the christmas albums are already being played in the shops. that must be so embarrassing for you.
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