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Christmas 1943

A Christmas greeting to cinema patrons

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A wartime Father Christmas passes on Christmas greetings on behalf of the cinema's management.

"To every man and women serving at home or abroad serving on the land, air or sea - God Bless them all."

Questions & Activities


  • What meaning of Christmas does this advert offer?
  • Why do you think this trailer was made?
  • Why wouldn't they be having turkey for Christmas?
  • What accent is the voiceover and why?
  • What events happened in 1943 to make Santa think that the war was all but won?


Make your own 30-second video celebrating a family Christmas or other festival.

Provide a new voiceover in a different style for this film.

Create your own Santa 'address to the Nation' with reference to current events.

Find out what the average Scottish Christmas was like in 1943.

Research rationing and the effect it had on wartime Christmases and food preparation.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-043-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0194b
Date 1943
Genre Advert
School Subject English, Expressive Arts, History, Media Studies, Religious and Moral Education
Subject Matter Animation, Christmas, Santa, World War 2, Wartime
Who Lyceum Cinema (sponsor), N.S.S Production (production company)
Where Dumfries
Event Christmas, Advertising
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 1:17
Film Length 1:17