Christmas for Canadian soldiers overseas was very different from those they had experienced at home. With many goods rationed, gifts were often small, useful items that could be easily shipped through the mail like this handkerchief. For a soldier stationed on the front lines, their only remembrance of the holiday might be a Christmas carol sung with his fellows, an extra ration of food, or a card or package from home, if he celebrated the day at all.
For the soldiers stationed in Great Britain, however, the holiday was usually observed. Soldiers celebrated in barracks, attended church services, and went to canteens and dances. Packages were sent and received and the cooks prepared special Christmas dinners.
For members of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, Christmas trees were put up and barracks decorated. They also held Christmas parties for the bombed-out children of London and distributed handmade toys and candy.