Benedict Cumberbatch Writes A Letter To Father Christmas
Benedict Cumberbatch pokes fun at the fact that he never received the lightsaber he asked for from Santa!
Benedict Cumberbatch is leading the way in celebrities writing letters to St. Nick, marking Letters Live National Writing Day.
The 39-year-old Sherlock star asked Santa for "a little more time for children to be children", mentioning those who may be "hiding in buildings as bombs rain down", as well as joking that he never received the lightsaber he asked for.
Cumberbatch recently starred in Hamlet. Picture | Johan Persson
He's not the only celebrity to write a letter to the big man in red. The letters are part of an event called Letters Live which celebrates the power of words in communication.
His letter read:
Dear Father Christmas,
It’s not for us to turn around and plead for your help with the environment, the migrant crisis, the NHS, education, food banks, human rights, fundamentalism and wars.
Though God knows we need all the help we can get … you are for the children.
Children who need some magic in a world where the borders between innocence and responsibility, playful imagination and cold, adult obstacles are continually shrinking.
And this is what I’d like to ask you to help with. A little more time for those children to be children.
Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness.
Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears. Especially those caring for family members, or suffering illness, hunger or poverty.
Especially those hiding in buildings as bombs rain down, or being handed shaking with fear or cold into a boat to escape environmental disaster or war. Please help to light up their worlds with a moment of joy and hope.
Now we get our own presents, control our own fates, take responsibility for our own actions, and live in the world we have created ... so it’s not for us to turn around and plead for your help with the environment, the migrant crisis, the NHS, education, food banks, human rights, fundamentalism and wars.
Though God knows we need all the help we can get with all these man-made problems and more.
You are for the children. Children who need some magic in a world where the borders between innocence and responsibility, playful imagination and cold, adult obstacles are continually shrinking.
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!"
Other celebrities who have also penned a message to Santa include Annie Lennox, Russell Brand, Thom Yorke and Thandie Newton.
Letters Live is inspired by Shaun Usher's best-selling book, Letters of Note.
Benedict Cumberbatch recently became a father for the first time when his wife, Sophie Hunter, gave birth to their son, Christopher Cumberbatch.
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