A Child’s Christmas In (South) Wales with apologies to Dylan Thomas.

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From our friend and commenter Alys Williams. This is listed a fiction, but it has the ring of at least partial truth to me.[Neo]

A Child’s Christmas In (South) Wales with apologies to Dylan Thomas.
It was December 1967 and I was ten years old. Christmas was on its way and signs of the approaching
festival had appeared. In shop windows the usual displays were enhanced with glittering tinsel, multi
coloured twinkly fairy lights, glass baubles in every imaginable colour, and paper banners emblazoned with
jolly messages to have a Merry Xmas And A Happy New Year. As far as my ten year old self and Christmas
decorations were concerned the more and the gaudier were definitely better. We sang carols in English, and
one or two in Welsh instead of hymns in school assembly in the dreary hall which doubled up as the dining
room and smelled of boiled…

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