Christmas from Sculptor’s Daughter by Tove Jansson
Best Christmas Ever / Tove Jansson

Christmas from Sculptor’s Daughter by Tove Jansson

‘The smaller you are, the bigger Christmas is.’ Tove Jansson’s present tense recollections of her childhood Christmases, first collected in her memoir Sculptor’s Daughter, contain the same combination of pragmatism and fantasy that runs through the Moomin stories. But where her trolls feared the coming of the spruce in her story The Fir Tree, young … Continue reading

The Fir Tree – Christmas Comes to Moominvalley
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The Fir Tree – Christmas Comes to Moominvalley

The Moomins aren’t a naturally Christmassy species. They prefer to spend their winters tucked behind an old boiler, or huddled together in their drawing room. You wouldn’t have thought the irascible Hemulens would have much truck with the celebration either, other than to give them something else to get cross about. But in The Fir … Continue reading