Christmas during the Great DepressionNovember 27, 2013
I really shouldn't be talking Christmas already, but perhaps I'm doing so because I am not much into the traditional dutch festivity 'Sinterklaas' which is celebrated the 5th of December. I never really celebrated it (except for when I was a kid) besides eating alot of chocolate Saints and pepernoten that comes with the festivity. I will celebrate it this year with my inlaws though - they don't celebrate Christmas but think of Sinterklaas as important perhaps due to the little nieces and nephew! Talking about Sinterklaas by the way; I remembered all of a sudden I still need to write a poem that goes with the gift; not quite my expertise you can say!!!
Last year I wrote a couple of blogposts about Christmas in WWII, which I coincidentally also wrote in november. See, I just cannot wait till Sinterklaas has returned to Spain with his helpers. The posts about Christmas in WWII can be found here: Part 1 and Part 2.
Christmas in the second World War was dire, but the spirits of people were not. The same counts for Christmas in 1930s; grandpa's were scraping together Santa Clause costumes and all the kids loved him. Times were hard but people carried on wishing eachother a Merry Christmas instead of saying: Aren't times hard? Christmas, during the Great Depression, was not about extravagance as we all know it these days; money and jobs were hard to come by and not everyone had a good meal on the table every day. The Great Depression called for creativity, as it would do a decade later. It brings nothing but deep respect for the people and how they coped and made the best of a bad situation.