To celebrate National Letter Writing Day (7th December 2015) and to mark the occasion of the launch of the Letters Live dates at Freemason’s Hall in March 2016, we asked some friends of Letters Live to write a letter to (almost) everybody’s old friend, Father Christmas.

We were collectively bowled over to discover a huge mail bag, bulging with some serious treasures, some of which we are delighted to share with you here.

Be sure to check back regularly over the coming days and the lead-up to Christmas, because we will be bringing you some absolute gems!

I am not sure that you can help with my wish

Shami Chakrabarti's letter to Father Christmas.

Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness

A letter from Benedict Cumberbatch to Father Christmas.

Please pass on my very best to your other half

A letter from Thandie Newton to Father Christmas.

I’m not even sure if you’re real anymore

A letter from Russell Brand to Father Christmas.

I won’t ask you to solve the problems of the human race

A letter from Thom Yorke to Father Christmas.

It’s a busy time for you, so I will keep my letter brief.

A letter from Victoria Hislop to Father Christmas.

Buddy, you have GOT to stop the whole list thing…

A letter from Jesus to Father Christmas (as transcribed by James Rhodes).

Mince pie, carrot & Bailey’s in usual spot

A letter from Jarvis Cocker to Father Christmas.

Please could you double your output?

A letter from Yann Martel to Father Christmas.

I truly wish you existed for grown ups

Annie Lennox's letter to Father Christmas.

We might take to the skies together

A letter from Judge Rinder to Father Christmas.

Thanks for the glittery shoes, by the way

A letter from Ellie Bamber to Father Christmas.

I want your letters

A letter from Shaun Usher to Father Christmas.

Give my People clouds

A letter from Lemn Sissay to Father Christmas.

Last time I saw you was in the 70’s

A letter from Nick Moran to Father ChristmasExplicit.

Are you grooming my kids?

A letter from Tim Minchin to Father Christmas.