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A WWII Christmas – Teaching about Christmas Past to Reduce Christmas “Presents”

WWII Christmas WTGOver the last few days, Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and I shared posts on Free Homeschool Deals about teaching history to your children.

For a child, one of the best parts of Christmas is the gifts under the tree. But for a mom, one of the worst parts is the “gimmes.” Between commercials, store displays, and visits with friends, even the most sweet-natured child can drive you batty pleading for more, more, more.

There are many ways to combat the gimmes, such as placing a limit on the number of gifts and involving your child in charitable giving. One method is to give kids historical perspective. In today’s post, Teaching about Christmas Past to Reduce Christmas “Presents,” I talk about how Christmas gifts looked different during World War II due to shortages of metal and rubber. You were also likely to find a war bond in your stocking! The article includes printables about wartime gift-giving and a worksheet including toy ads from the December 1943 Lafayette Journal & Courier.

This would be great for both homeschoolers and for public or private school kids on Christmas break.

To read more, here are some articles posted on this blog:

Make It Do – Metal Shortages in World War II

Make It Do – Tire Rationing in World War II (about the rubber shortage)

World War II War Bonds