Christmas flick #10

15 Dec

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

I’m giving you this one early in the list so you can get in line for a copy of it from the library before the big day…or order it from Amazon if you really want to treat yourself.  This is a much more serious show than the first irreverent two on my Christmas movie list, and it’s on a much smaller scale.  It’s only an hour long, it’s quiet, and it’s based on the beautiful poem by Dylan Thomas.

Denholm Elliott, one of my favorite stars who also appears in another film on this list, plays a grandfather who relates the story of what Christmas was like when he was a child to his grandson one Christmas Eve.  The language is gorgeous and touching and timeless.  A great bedtime movie for kids or just something to help you unwind under the down covers with a mug of cider.

I discovered this film quite by accident on the shelves of my local library one year, and now I watch it all year long…especially when I’m stressed about something and need to put on the brakes.  It always makes me reflect on the beauty of simplicity, the value of simplicity at Christmas, and how beautiful a well-placed word can be.  I hope it will inspire you to adorn your home with beautiful words this Christmas and offer your treasured memories as gifts to those you love.

Not to mention encourage your own hard-working, well-meaning, stressed-out heart.

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One Response to “Christmas flick #10”

  1. chandlerswainreviews December 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Just as a sidebar, if you can find it, I would highly recommend hearing a recording of Dylan Thomas reciting this very poem. I have never heard any audio presentation of a written work filled with such nostalgic evocation of time and place.

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