What the lad does remember, oddly, is that the bus set off down a lane to Ravensthorpe ...
But why December 25th?
We are all familiar with the image: falling snow, lighted windows, a curl of smoke from a pretty cottage and a snowman in the front garden.
There wasn't any snow at Bethlehem at the time "The First Christmas" happened. The "bleak midwinter" has been part of a manufactured back-story since the Victorian era. Blame Charles Dickens and folk memories of colder winters in the distant past.
The original and best Christ Mas was most likely in Bethlehem's warmer times. Luke, Gospel writer, explains it thus:-
There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks.
If it had been winter, the sheep would have been brought down from the hills and into a covered overnight refuge. Not only wouldn't there be any room at the inn, all the caves, stables and cattle sheds would be full of animals. there would have been no room there either.
So where does December 25th come from?