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Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays
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The 1987 Denholm Elliot version of A Child's Christmas in Wales.  It's a worthy adaptation of the original, though really nothing can match the old Caedmon recording of Thomas himself reading it.  Listening to that record was my family's Christmas Eve tradition. It started, I think, as a way of winding down and maybe getting us kids to sleep, but it became something we demanded even as we golt older. I still remember long swathes of it, like the recitation of presents useless and useful, like "a little crocheted nosebag, from an aunt, alas, no longer whinnying with us."   Or the reaction when the narrator-as-a-child discovers the neighbor's house is on fire:

"Call the fire brigade," said Jim.
"And the ambulance."
"And Ernie Jenkins, he likes fires."

And Auntie Hannah, who laced her tea with rum, because it was only once a year.

Which I do myself, most Christmases, in loving memory.
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You do have a copy of the Dylan Thomas Child's Christmas? I was going to get a DVD from my cassette before (OK I'm writing the day after Epiphany) I put them away for the winter (also Patrick Stewart Christmas Carol) and would make another for you if you were w/o.

I do! I have both the old cassette and the version on iTunes, which we played in Hawaii while tropical breezes blew in from the balcony. Which was a little odd, but my sister insisted on it....

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