Christmas toys and festive joys Yuletide memories from the twentieth century

The East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) has put together a number of recordings from the 1930s and 40s discussing Christmas time.

Covering a variety of topics such as making festive decorations, beautifying Christmas trees, visiting the pantomime and listening eagerly to the King's Christmas broadcast, the recordings offer a glimpse into the past, showing how many traditions have endured decades later.

The recordings also feature memories going as far back as the end of the Boer War and include the First World War, both on the home front and in the military, the Second World War, and nursing up to the start of the National Health Service.