A Welsh Christmas

Santa Claus with children illustration from The Coming of Father Christmas (1894) by Eliza F. Manning. Original from the British Library. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Dulais Rhys, Ph.D., composer, conductor, journalist and native Welshman, presents the iconic holiday story, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales: An Illustrated History and Reading,” at the Apache Junction Public Library, at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Written by Dylan Thomas, this “play for voices” is a sentimental and romantic account of an early 20th century Christmas in Wales, consisting of scenarios, reminiscences, anecdotes, childhood adventures and family incidents full of atmospheric Welsh charm and humor. Thomas didn’t recite poetry, but rather performed it – a standard that many contemporary poets follow today.

Rhys captures the dreamlike quality of Christmases past and may inspire loving memories of your own. Refreshments will be served, and Rhys hints at a five minute mandatory, non-optional, compulsory, Welsh language lesson.

Rhys, who earned his doctorate from the University of Wales, has authored numerous books and articles and orchestrated productions for both television and radio, including for the BBC.

This program is suitable for adults and teens and is sponsored by Friends of the Apache Junction Library.

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales: An Illustrated History and Reading,” begins at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 1177 N. Idaho Rd. For more information, call 480-474-8555.

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