Dylan Thomas, 1950-1955 (depending on how you count)
Crossposted from Mainlining Christmas
I have seen this book on lists of classic Christmas stories for years now, but it just kept falling to the bottom of the to-read list.
It probably could have stayed there.
There's food, and weather, and an amusing story about a fire scare fought with snowballs, and a brief interlude where young boys sing carols outside a creepy house. Whether the narrator is speaking to a general audience or one person was unclear; it seemed to shift without clear demarcation of any sort.
It comes from a piece originally written for radio, and I think it's probably better as spoken narration. It might go nicely over some loose animation as a short atmospheric piece.
It's neither as beautifully written or as personally specific as Capote's A Christmas Memory, but it has a certain charm all the same. It's fine for what it is, it's just a bit thin taken as a piece alone.
3 Stars - A Good Book