BOOK OF THE WEEK: Christmas at War by Caroline Taggart
A seasonal choice by Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, this week:
No turkey. No fruit to make a decent pudding. No money for presents. Your children away from home to keep them safe from bombing; your husband, father and brothers off fighting goodness knows where.
How in the world does one celebrate Christmas? That was the situation facing the people of Britain for six long years during the Second World War.
For some of them, Christmas was an ordinary day: they couldn’t afford merrymaking - and had little to be merry about. Others, particularly those with children, did what little they could.
These first-hand reminiscences tell of making crackers with no crack in them and shouting ‘Bang!’ when they were pulled; of carol-singing in the blackout, torches carefully covered so that no passing bombers could see the light, and of the excitement of receiving a comic, a few nuts and an apple in your Christmas stocking.
Christmas at War (RRP £8.99) is available at Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, for £6.99. There's an extra 20% off with the voucher in this week's Spalding Guardian (on sale now until - December 12).