Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Child's Christmas in Wales (1954)

When I was a child, it never snowed for more than four days and four nights in a row. Dylan Thomas, who was born in Swansea, Wales, in 1914, and raised there, is unsure whether it snowed for six days and six nights when he was twelve (1926), or twelve days and twelve nights when he was six (1920).

Looking through Swansea's weather records, I see that neither of the years Thomas mentions in A Child's Christmas in Wales received the snowfalls he is unsure of. The only year that comes close is 1947, when Wales was "buried beneath huge amounts of snow," and Thomas and Caitlin were sponging off the Taylors in Disley.

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