It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Published: Friday 4th Dec 2015

Written by: Ginnie James

It’s December the 4th and Christmas really is all around. There was a lovely news item yesterday about a letter to Father Christmas, written back in the late 1930s being discovered up a chimney in a big house being renovated in Powys.

Dear Father XmasPlease bring me some nice toys, and hymn book.Love Christine  Age 5 ½’

As the property owner, Julia Pugh, said it is quite humbling and demonstrates how expectations have certainly changed over the years. Julia had already spoken to Christine a number of times when researching her renovation plans and she was so excited to be able to tell her about the discovery.

My little one is a joy really and isn’t demanding everything advertised on the telly but she is obviously expecting presents of some sort even though she won’t tell us what she really wants. Unfortunately we can’t persuade her to write a letter to Father Christmas like the lovely Christine! The two things we do know is that she wants presents wrapped in Frozen wrapping paper and she wants to build a snowman.

The wrapping paper we can do, the snow however, probably not.

Having a look at the long range forecast, for the moment at least, a white Christmas for Wales is not looking likely. A couple of thunderstorms maybe but otherwise the meteorologists at AcuWeather believe the weather will be relatively warm and sunny with not too much cloud and the temperature not below freezing.

Good news for those coming to the Snowdonia area over the next few weeks which has now been confirmed as being granted Dark Sky Status. With only 10 Dark Sky reserves in the world, Wales is blessed with two of them (Brecon Beacons National Park being the other) so what better place to come and look out for the Christmas Star. You might even spot Santa and his sleigh passing high up in the sky (OK, so it’s probably the International Space Station but it may be Father Christmas up there with his reindeer!)

You never know though, weather forecasts have been known to be wrong on occasion(!) and there is no harm in thinking it might be secretly pleasing, even if not very practical, if a little girl gets her Christmas wish.

So to finish with a lyric from one of my favourite films - “So if you really love Christmas, come on and let it snow”


Ginnie James
Ginnie James



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