From: “The Voice of the Angels”, 11th Airborne newspaper, vol. 201
Fewer men at home resulted in fewer men available to dress up and play Santa Claus. Women served as substitute Santas at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and at other department stores throughout the United States.
During WWII Christmas trees were in short supply because of lack of manpower to cut the tress down and a shortage of railroad space to ship the trees to market. Americans rushed to buy American-made Visca artificial trees. The electric lights that were designed in the 1940’s are still in use today.
Travel during the holidays was limited for most families due to the rationing of tires and gasoline. Americans saved up their food ration stamps to provide extra food for a fine holiday meal.
Many ornaments were made with aluminum and tin, a highly rationed item. As a result, families…
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