If you can find twenty minutes, you can listen to Dylan Thomas’ story “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” read by the author–courtesy of NPR. The written story is also available online.
Thomas grounds the story of this long-ago Christmas in real details–snow and fire brigades and uncles–and yet he tells it as if it were a fairy tale.
The ending: “I said some words to the close and holy darkness, and then I slept.”
Have a wonderful holiday season and good reading. Your blog puts a smile in my heart every time I read it.
I love the story. Thank you for the links.
This is one of my two favorite Christmas stories. I used to read it aloud to my kids and my class. And we had a tape with the author reading it. My other favorite is by Truman Capote called “A Christmas Memory.”
Yikes! I won’t have 20 minutes until after Christmas. Make that New Years. But I will listen to it. Thanks, C.
Debbie, Kathy, Jodi, Darrelyn: I hope your Christmas was merry and bright. Wishing you all a happy new year!