This is a really interesting view of how Britain did its best to keep the celebration of Christmas throughout the dark days of World War II. It conjures up a vivid picture of a simpler time, when gifts of a bar of soap, a soft toy made from an unravelled sweater or the humble orange were prized more highly than all the expensive all-singing, all-dancing electronic gizmos of today (and meant a great deal more). The grimness of those days, paricularly by the time the exhausted, shabby population were facing their sixth Christmas, must have been extreme, and yet the spirit of the people survived and this book helps celebrate that. A splendid adition to the library of anyone interested in the Home Front of WWII.
Great book, full of interesting facts and full of pictures. We, in the 21st Century, can only imagine what it must have been like to celebrate Xmas in a bomb shelter and with the privations of Rationing.Ingenuity won out mostly. Recommended.