Posted: 12/12/2014 at 10:58
Christmas past in wartime was still the time all the extended family gathered and let their hair down. We had two years of being woken rushed to the shelter then do all the normal things the next day, woe betide you if late for school even if the bus had to stop half way because of the damage. The Germans seemed to have a Christmas truce, no sirens, hence no loss of sleep we arose ready for the presents and the party we knew was coming. Probably because of the danger we partied harder, the uncertainty of life seems to give a love of what you have and so the Aunts Uncles cousins Grandparents arrived, we had the biggest house and we went on well into the night kids and all. We slept where we fell, breakfast next morning followed by left overs and visits from those who had their own Christmas parties and it was over for another year.
Preparation did start early making the cakes and puddings, the pigs would be killed in September, Geese Ducks and Hens a week before so it was not the extended July to December operation we seem to have now. The expectations now are far higher than we had so I can understand people drawing back from it all. Christmas was not expected to be perfect though it always started with us at morning service, we were not allowed to forget the main reason we were having a Christmas party, it should be a time to relax with people you know and love, they know all your foibles and faults then accept them, just enjoy being together as we did in a very traumatic time, life is too short, well it is for some.