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I know people often say we tend to look back through rose-coloured spectacles, but there was definitely something wonderful about Christmas in the 1950s. Maybe it was because the preparations didn’t start months ahead or it wasn’t one big consumer-fest but, whatever the reason, it just seemed a magical time.

We didn’t have a lot of money then. My dad was a plumber and my mum a housewife like most women in the 1950s, but they always made Christmas extra-special for my older brother and myself.  I remember we never decorated the tree until Christmas Eve and the room trimmings were paper chains which came in kit form which we loved making.

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We had an artificial tree which was decorated with coloured baubles and tinsel. It’s hard to believe now that we actually put real candles on it. They were put into candle holders that clipped onto the branches of the tree.

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On Christmas Eve we always left a glass of sherry and a mince pie for Father Christmas and, of course, the next morning, the contents of the glass and the mince pie had disappeared. We didn’t have proper Christmas sacks then and so a white pillow case was left at the foot of the bed. I remember waking up on Christmas morning and seeing the misshapen pillow case and knowing that Father Christmas had been. It would be filled with all sorts of goodies…

Annuals – my favorite was School Friend Annual
An Enid Blyton Famous Five book
A magic colouring book and brush
A dress up doll book
A net of chocolate coins
Games like Snakes and Ladders and Tiddly Winks
A Cadbury’s Selection box
A tangerine

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It’s strange to think that parents today think nothing of spending hundreds of pounds on presents for their children. I often wonder if their children get as much pleasure from these expensive presents as we did from our simpler ones.

Christmas lunch was always turkey with all the trimmings…roast potatoes, parsnips,sprouts, carrots and homemade parsley and thyme stuffing followed by Christmas pudding and custard.

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My dad always insisted on buying a huge 21lb fresh turkey. When I say fresh, I mean fresh. He used to go to a local farm where you actually went into the pen of turkeys and selected the bird you wanted. It was then dispatched by the farmer and handed over complete with feathers and innards! I remember my dad taking me with him one year but it was scary being surrounded by all those gobbling turkeys.

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My poor mum spent ages plucking said turkey but the worst thing was digging her hand inside to take out all the giblets etc. They smelt dreadful but mum boiled them up to make a delicious stock for the gravy.

The Queen’s first Christmas message was broadcast in 1957 and, for many years afterwards, like so many other families, we would gather round the television at 3:00pm to listen to her annual message. Now when I say television, this is what I mean!!

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We were always so full after Christmas lunch that we never wanted much at teatime, maybe some sherry trifle and a slice of Christmas cake, both made by mum.

I have so many happy memories of those magical 1950’s Christmases. Do you have any special memories of Christmas past?

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I LOVE THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO CHRISTMAS…DECORATING THE TREE, WRAPPING THE PRESENTS, ENJOYING ALL MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES AND, OF COURSE, DOING SOME CHRISTMAS READING.  SO THIS YEAR RAKES AND RASCALS IS GETTING INTO THE FESTIVE MOOD.

THERE WILL BE SOME REGULAR FEATURES PLUS SOME SPECIAL SEASONAL ONES. SO JOIN ME AND…

 

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Share my memories of a 1950’s Christmas

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and discover whether my favourite Christmas movies are yours too

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