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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. Shots of Father Christmas giving a Christmas greeting to patrons of the cinema and talking about the hardships during the war. Shots of a family at their Christmas dinner, wearing paper hats, pulling crackers and 'dad' carving the turkey. Picture of Winston Churchill on the wall and a message from Father Christmas to all the troops serving at home and abroad: "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?
  • What does Christmas mean to you?
  • Why do you think this trailer was made?
  • What image of the family is developed in the film?
  • Why wouldn'€™t they be having turkey for Christmas?
  • What does it mean to cook someone'€™s goose?
  • What accent is the voiceover and why?
  • What events happened in 1943 to make Santa think that the war was all but won?


Investigate how to use similar animation techniques.

Make your own 30-second video celebrating the family.

Make your own 30-second video Christmas card.

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 family Christmas was like in 1943.

Research rationing and the effect it had on wartime Christmases. What was the implication for the family?

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
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