Today is Group and we have to bring a Christmas-themed reading. For me there is only one choice: A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.
Now I know that Dylan Thomas was a drunk and a bully and that he never quite got over his success or was able to maximise his talent (as they might say in business-speak). But this is such an evocative piece because it reminds me of childhood Christmases spent listening to LPs and laughing as a family at Mrs Prothero and the firemen. “Would you like anything to read?”
I suppose I could also call on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol but that’s been done to death for me. A lesser-known Dickens could work. Any ideas?
And as for poems, there’s TS Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi of course. I should be glad of another death. But what else? And why am I drawing such a blank on this topic? What story or poem stands out for you at Christmas?