Merry Christmas from Dylan’s

We’d like to wish all of our friends and volunteers a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your support once again this year.

merry-christmas

It’s been another wonderful year at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace with visitors from all over the World coming to learn more about the self-proclaimed ‘Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive.’ Offering hosted visits, dining experiences and overnight B&B and self catering stays – The 102 year old house that witnessed so much creativity offers something for everyone, let alone being the ultimate experience for any fan of the great Welsh ‘man of words.’

But don’t just take our word for it, take a look at what some of our visitors have said via our tripdavisor page!

We’ll close with this beautiful nostalgia filled video to give you an idea of what Christmas was like for Dylan and family.

Best wishes once more to you and your loved ones and we hope to hear from you in the coming New Year.

Don’t forget to visit our website www.dylanthomasbirthplace.com

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Did you know that the earliest known photograph of a snowman was taken in Swansea?

The first documented man (or woman) to be made from snow dates back to medieval times, with the Book of Hours from 1380 believed to be the first time one of our frosty friends were referred to in print.

But it wasn’t until 1853/54 that the first image of a man carefully assembled from mounds of snow and a few carefully placed lumps of coal was preserved for prosperity right here in South West Wales.

© Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru -Probably the earliest photograph of a snowman taken by Mary Dillwyn

The photo above was taken by Mary Dillwyn of Penlle’r-gaer, said to be the earliest female photographer in Wales, and an early pioneer photography with her brother John Dillwyn Llewelyn.

As you can see from the photograph, snowmen were less decorative in appearance back in the mid 19th century – no arms or legs, and without a carrot for a nose, a pipe to smoke, or a scarf to keep them warm.

A reproduced article from 9th December South Wales Evening Post as reported by Mark Rees

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A naughty child’s Christmas in the Alpines…

Here is a rather unpleasant character from largely Alpine Christmas folklore featuring on a rather terrifying Christmas card from the early 1900s. ‘Greetings from the Krampus.’ As a boy and even into manhood Dylan was fascinated and had a great love of the grisly fairy tales that he had read whilst growing up, often reading them to his own children. One of his favourite reads was ‘Struwwelpeter’ a book of Germanic origin containing many children’s morality tales, that if weren’t adhered to, would often see something most unfortunate happen to the main protagonist in the stories. 

The ‘Krampus’ is a kind of Christmas Devil who takes away children who have misbehaved throughout the year for them to be never seen again. It is typically portrayed as a black, hairy beast with horns,a lolling tongue, cloven hooves, chains, a birch for beating and a sack or basket for trapping the children. 

The character is not commonly known in Britain but still very much exists in Alpine countries where various traditions are maintained. We know that Dylan was a very mischievous boy growing up, perhaps it may have been different if the tales of the Krampus had been more prominent in British folklore?

Take a look at our website www.dylanthomasbirthplace.com for details on how you can create your own unique experiences including tours, overnight stays and dining experiences at the home of Dylan Thomas, Wales’ most renowned writer!

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