A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Inspired by Sister Madly’s  post about her (ahem) favorite Christmas Carols, I’ve decided to share what I consider to be the most charming Christmas film ever made – A Child’s Christmas in Wales, based upon the prose poem by Dylan Thomas.

I can’t believe our good fortune that  the entire film is available on youtube.

Anyone who appreciates a child’s perception of the world and the imaginative use of language and reminisces of bygone eras will love this.

I hope you do.

 

 

23 thoughts on “A Child’s Christmas in Wales

  1. As a Welshman, I don’t need to tell you why this ranks highly on my list … But despite that obvious link, it is just charming and brilliant.

    • Ha! Nice. Yes, I agree, it is just charming and brilliant. It became an instant favorite the first time I stumbled across it years ago. I imagine one of your favorite lines must be “….and butterwelsh, for the Welsh.” (spoken as he’s describing the candies)

  2. Im glad you shared this! I’ve never seen it! I shared it with a co-worker! We are watching it today! WP is so awesome in the sharing! Especially yourself you share some very interesting posts! Merry Christmas to you! ⛄️⛄️🎄🎄

  3. This is my absolute all-time favorite Christmas movie! I must say, I had a huge grin on my face when I saw your post; it made me so happy to know that others enjoy it as well. Growing up in Canada, I thought no one except our family knew about this absolute treasure. We’ll be watching it again on Christmas Eve. Thank you!! Cher xo

    • So funny, I have used those exact words “absolute treasure” to express my affection for this film. Very lovely to imagine you and your family watching this on Christmas eve.Thanks for sharing, Cher!

      • Indeed, what a lovely bit of Universal connectednessl! Ah, bless; thank you so much! We shall be watching it in just a few week’s time, and I’ll think about your post as well! One of (although clearly there are too many to count) my favorite scenes shows the postman sliding down the drive and then…..he was gone!! *grin* Cher xo

        • Yes, I find myself anticipating that moment too. And I so love all the ways he finds to describe the snow covered town. But back to the postmen : ) … I also like the two different descriptors of the postmen at the door – “they mittened on them manfully” and “knocked with bare knuckles…huffing and puffing…makings ghosts with their breath”. But again it’s just a trove of wonderful images.

          • Your description of this endearing film is wonderful! I am finding myself extra excited to see it again soon! Dylan Thomas created a plethora of writing which can only be described as, ‘genius’. I am smiling as I write this; thank you again for your wonderful post (and your blog, of course)! Cher xo

  4. Was is the Boar’s Head Carol, or the Gold, Frankenstein, and Murder? :c)

    It’s funny, though- I hadn’t heard of this story before, yet it’s come up several times over the last few days. I thought it was something new. You’ve made me curious.

    • Nothing says holiday cheer like Gold, Frankenstein, and Murder.

      I hope that you’ll watch the film. Would love to hear what you think of it.

  5. I have a recording of Dylan Thomas reading this tale that I can’t pass through the season without listening to once (usually followed by Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore’s radio play of A Christmas Carol). How wonderful to see it adapted for film with one of my favourite actors of all time — a new variation on my tradition begins!

    • Fantastic traditions! Yes, Denholm Elliot is perfect for the part. I’ve heard that recording. Used to have the illustrated book, but lost track of it. Would love spend an evening with a bunch of Dylan (Thomas) fans with lots of egg nog and allsorts and watch it together. Will be posting my own childhood christmas reminisce, it’s very short, but is very much influenced by ACCW. So much charm…

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