Read Thom Yorke’s Adorable Letter to Father Christmas

Thom Yorke, singer from Radiohead. (Image:   anyonlinyr  via  Wikimedia Commons  /  CC BY 2.0 )
Thom Yorke, singer from Radiohead. (Image: anyonlinyr via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0 )

You may recall a lovely little book released in 2014 called Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, edited by Shaun Usher.

It’s a fascinating collection of letters, faxes, postcards, telegrams, and memos from ancient times up to the digital age of today.

It contains Leonardo Da Vinci’s job application letter, Gandhi’s letter to try to calm Hitler, the first recorded use of the expression “OMG” in a letter to Winston Churchill, Iggy Pop’s beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, and many more.

There are 125 letters in total celebrating the power of the written word. The selection of letters is entertaining, unusual, and inspiring.

Letters of Note Book. (Image via Letters of Note)

‘Letters of Note’ book. (Image via Letters of Note)

The book — which started as a website — was so well received that it inspired a live performance of letter reading titled Letter’s Live, which took place in London earlier this year in March.

Here are some, but not all, of the names that read some of these entertaining letters to the live audience: Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Stevenson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand, Clarke Peters, Caitlin Moran, Matt Berry, Louise Brealey, Colin Salmon, Ellie Bamber, Tom Hiddleston, Sally Hawkins, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Sir Ben Kingsley, and they had music from Tom Odell, Natalie Clein, and Kelvin Jones.

Watch this preview of Letters Live at Freemasons’ Hall, London:

Letter’s Live is set to take place again next year, March 10-15, 2016. To add to next year’s performance, a bunch of musicians, actors, and writers will write and share their letters to Father Christmas.

One of the letters released early on NME was from Radiohead’s front man Thom Yorke. It’s a charming read with wishes for some snow, along with peace, love, and understanding for his kids. He also reflects on how he has behaved since he wrote his last letter to Santa at the age of nine. And last but not least, he turns back into a kid as he thanks Santa for the zx81 computer he got when he was eleven.

Thom Yorke / Singer, Songwriter, Environmentalist. (Image via )

Thom Yorke / Singer, Songwriter, Environmentalist. (Image: Miguel3212 via Wikimedia Commons / CC0 1.0)

The letter is formatted exactly as he sent it:

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