Christmas Time in Whales. In the foreground, we sse a smooth layer of snow with some frozen scrubs peeking through. Father back we see some snow-covered trees beside some somewhat larger trees, mainly evergreens, minus the coat of snow and frost on their limbs. Pinkish clouds move across the sky.

Christmas Time in Wales.
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A Christmas Eve treat for RCI listeners–redux

Editor’s note: Because of a technical glitch, this story was bumped in error from the website on Dec. 24. With great pleasure, we invite you to to listen to David Calderisi share the wonderful prose work by Dylan Thomas: “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Think of it a way to catch up.

Christmas is a time of tradition and traditions. Some fall by the wayside over the years, others stand the test of time.

We see Dylan Thomas from the shoulders up. He wears a suit and his tie is slightly askew. He has pale skin and dark and somewhat curly hair. A slight smile creases his lips.
Dylan Thomas ©

One of those enduring traditions is Dylan Thomas’s lovely prose work “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”

Thomas first read it on the the BBC in 1952. Less than a year later, he was dead at 39.

Paradoxically, the piece is a romanticised version of Christmases past, of a nostalgic and simpler time from the point of view of a young child.

Prior to the demise of our short-wave broadcasts in June, 2012, RCI had a Christmas tradition that always left everyone in a pretty good mood.

One of Canada’s foremost actors, David Calderisi, joined us for a number of years to share his passion for the rythm and meaning of words, both in prose and poetry.

We rekindled that tradition last year.

On this Christmas Eve, we invite you back.

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