Christmas was celebrated with “gladness” in Spalding, at a time where many didn’t feel as if they had much to celebrate.
Although somewhat more sober than the usual festive boisterousness associated with Christmas, it was still joyous and happy.
In many homes there were vacant places at the tables and affectionate thoughts wandered constantly to the “boys in khaki” unable to get away from duty.
But in other homes the soldier lads were present as they were fortunate enough to secure Christmas leave.
Quite a large number of Spalding and district defenders spent Christmas at home, but general disappointment was expressed in the town when it became known that the foreign service section of the Spalding Territorials were to have no Christmas leave.
A number of the home service section, however, were allowed a few days off duty and these of course spent a happy Christmas.
Taken generally, the celebration in Spalding could have almost been said to have been Christmas as usual, for it was made a real home festival as of yore.
At the special meal for the poor and sick in the town, there were extra delicacies and rich fare weighed down the dining tables and fireside merriment was the order of the day.
The Spalding town band heralded Christmas morning with the old favourite carol Christians Awake just as the clock had struck midnight and the church bells rang merry and joyous peals.