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Learning Resource

Have Yourself A Merry Wartime Christmas

Our 'Have Yourself a Merry Wartime Christmas' resources were designed to help activity therapists and staff in care homes and folds encourage residents to share memories of Christmas in the past.

It contains extracts from our Oral History Collection and facts about Christmas during the Second World War.

We hope this resource brings festive memories to mind and stimulates enjoyable discussions about Christmas in the past.

Have Yourself A Merry Wartime Christmas

Christmas in the 1940s

This booklet contains extracts from our Oral History Collection and facts about Christmas during the Second World War.

We hope it brings festive memories to mind and stimulates enjoyable discussions about Christmas in the past.

Download Christmas in the 1940s PDF

Have Yourself A Merry Wartime Christmas

The Twelve (Wartime) Days of Christmas

Download this illustrated song sheet and sing along to a specially composed version of 'The Twelve Days (of Wartime) Christmas'.

Watch the music video on our YouTube channel: The Twelve (Wartime) Days of Christmas - NIWM Sing for Christmas

Download The Twelve (Wartime) Days of Christmas PDF

Have Yourself a Merry Wartime Christmas

Make Your Own Christmas Tree Card with Scrap Paper

Paper salvage was encouraged by the government at the outbreak of the Second World War to aid the war effort. As a result, Christmas wrapping paper and decorations were difficult to find in the shops, so often had to be homemade using scraps of paper.

Use this resource to make your own Christmas Tree Card with old Christmas cards and scrap paper.

Download Make Your Own Christmas Tree PDF

Have Yourself A Merry Wartime Christmas

Sweet Treats for a Wartime Christmas

Food rationing was introduced in January 1940 and as a result many Christmas meals were affected by shortages of ingredients. In the months before Christmas, rations were scrimped and saved.

We hope the recipes in this booklet give some idea of what sweet treats families enjoyed in the 1940s.

Download Sweet Treats for a Wartime Christmas PDF

Have Yourself A Merry Wartime Christmas

Wartime Quiz

Test your knowledge of the Second World War with our Wartime Quiz.

Circle the answers and see how many you can get right!

Download Wartime Quiz PDF

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