A World War 2 Christmas

Date: 

Sat, 14/12/2019

Time: 

13:00 to 14:30

Cost: 

£5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult)

Contact name: 

David Brooks

Telephone: 

+44 20 8394 1734

Contact email: 

Venue: 

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club
Spring Street
Ewell
KT17 1UF
GB

For many families, the most difficult part of a wartime Christmas would be spending the festive season apart from loved ones. Many men were fighting abroad in the armed forces or were being held as prisoners of war. Women might also be away in the services or carrying out war work. Many children spent Christmas away from home as evacuees. By the end of the war, thousands of families had suffered the death of a family member either in action or from enemy bombing raids.Christmas luxuries were especially hard to come by at a time when even basic foods were scarce. People were forced to find substitutes for key festive ingredients. Gifts were often homemade and practical, and children’s toys were often made from recycled materials. Cards were smaller and printed on flimsy paper.

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