Not unsurprising really, but every creek and clang in the house at night was enough to put me into a nervous stuper. Eventually as normality was returned and the house was repopulated with items I found myself at ease at night once again.
Well, until the Christmas of that year, when the thoughts of a child turn their mind to the iminant arrival of Father Christmas. Now no doubt owing to the break in my dreams of Father Christmas didn’t go as they did before, now Father Christmas was a creepy guy who could effortlessly break into the house and leave with no trace, a sinister man who was watching me all the time and certain Christmas song lyrics became very sinister, almost threatening.
So as you may imagine, when I grew out of Father Christmas it was something of a huge weight off my mind. But there are shadows of that old nightmare left, often if a write or tell a festive tale there is something sinister connected to Father Christmas.
Of course my nightmare may also have been influencedoing by a seasonal episode of the Avengers entitled Too Many Christmas Trees which does have a plot involving a Christmas nightmare and a scary Santa.