Christmas on the Upton Front!
The British spirit prevailed as the wartime rations and air raids didn't cancel Christmas. Visit during November and December and you’ll see the festive preparations being made at Upton in the lead up to a Victory Christmas on the home front, from 26 November - 19 December 2016.
A Victory Christmas in red, white and blue
As we are celebrating our Victory year, you’ll notice most of the decoration will be in red, white and blue. Rooms will be hung with knitted victory bunting, trees filled with peace doves and bells as the sound of joy and celebration rang out over Upton once again.
Look out for early preparations
“Prepare early” was the advice heard over the radio and read in magazines encouraging people to look forward to this happier time of year. Preparation began well in advance, making handmade gifts and cards, saving points coupons and storing food items. It was important for the morale of the British public to continue to celebrate Christmas through the war despite the challenges they faced.
Spot the tell-tale signs around the house, as the community of bank staff were planning for months in advance, with posters up encouraging them to buy war bonds as Christmas presents. New recipes for alternative Christmas favourites were being published by the Ministry of Food, and people were stocking up their rations.
Love and care went into handmade gifts
Evenings were spent making paper streamers to decorate their office desks and dormitories. Or reading the latest magazine with new ideas and guides on how to make homemade gifts. They’d have been secretly making Christmas cards for each other and loved ones back at home or away at war.
Keep Christmas for the Children
During wartime everyone was encouraged to keep the spirit of Christmas alive, especially for the children. To have something fun to focus on and take their minds off the daily life of a war weary country.
This Christmas children are invited take the trail round the house and discover more about a wartime Christmas and how to make it fun.