Visit Northern Ireland War Memorial between now and Friday 20th December to learn all about Christmas in Northern Ireland during the Second World War.
Hear how families coped with wartime shortages and rationing during the festive period to ensure there was food on the table and gifts under the tree.
Learn about the importance of Digging for Victory for winter vegetables and how households had to be imaginative and resourceful in the kitchen.
See how cooks had to improvise when making Christmas cakes and puddings with less dried fruit and sugar, ‘mock marzipan’ and gravy browning added to “disguise the paucity of the fruit”.
Why not take home a wartime recipe for Christmas cake to try yourself.
View our gallery display and our Christmas window to see paper decorations, greeting cards, popular toys and homemade gifts from the 1940s.
On display we have card games, handmade wooden toys, tin-can telephones, Rag Bag dolls and knitted clothing which give a sense of the Make do and Mend attitude required in wartime.
Wartime Christmas display