They were years of change and uncertainty. For Christmas, they were years that made Christmas a whole new thing. They were the years of 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1944.
How could these war years make Christmas different?
That’s the topic of this podcast episode which features the stories and letters of real folks who experienced all that Christmas was about at that time.
What would you do, as a young man or young woman aged 19 or 20, away from home for the first time at Christmas with the knowledge that you might never return?
What would you do if you just didn’t know when you would ever be able to return home for Christmas?
What would you do if you were a parent to one of these young people now spending Christmas in harm’s way? How would you feel not knowing if they could ever spend another Christmas with you?
These were the realities for millions of people during these years.
No wonder Christmas was different during this time. And no wonder Christmas was different thereafter, too.