British soldier steals a kiss under the mistletoe. From the film Tommy Secures Suitable Fare for this Season, 1917 (IWM 155)

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The stories told here, using material from the Museum's collections, show the need to mark Christmas as a special day, even when the conditions of wartime do their best to prevent this. Click on the links below to find out how people spent Christmas during the First and Second World Wars:

Family
Food
Gifts
Entertainment
Goodwill

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