Even more so than the original, the Jolly Christmas Postman is packed full of references, not just to the fairy tale characters but to itself. The first delivery is a Christmas card from Goldilocks to the four bears (an even babier bear has arrived), featuring a scene in Santa's workshop. We return to this location at the end when the postman gets lost in the snow and stumbles on FC's secret hideout. This is metafiction for beginners.
The Jolly Christmas Postman is a book of such generosity it's almost impossible to pick a favourite bit – though we're still playing Red Riding Hood's 'Get out of Woods' game, a present from Mr Wolf, in which you must negotiate your way past dozens of fairy tale traps and in-jokes.
When I made Lucas his I started looking for The Jolly Postman book. I had suddenly remembered it from when I was in school and we were pretty much forbidden to touch it because of all the exciting letters hidden in it that inevitably would get destroyed by school children. Anyway, as I was looking it up, The Jolly Christmas Postman appeared in my search results and on an impulse I decided to buy one for Lucas and one for his cousin. We usually give the boys an advent present at the start of December; this gives us a chance to get them something Christmassy and it will get used for the whole of December rather than just for a few days before it is put away again. I thought these would be the perfect advent present.