"I read an interesting article in which it said that only three hundred thousand less turkeys were available this year than in an ordinary pre-war year. But where, in 1938, only one family in seven had turkey, either from choice or inability to pay for one, today almost everyone wanted bird, and were quite able to pay the price.
People are so afraid of letting anything 'get by them'. Take fruit, for instance. I feel sure the average working-class person hardly ever bothered to buy oranges except at Christmas, but now, as soon as it is rumoured there are oranges or apples on the way, everyone spends hours looking for them. and I know, perfectly well, that before the war thousands and thousands of people never had one salad in the whole course of the year. Whereas now they all seem to want salads." B. Charles.
"11a.m. Norah came in to arrange about the feeding of Smut while we are away at Christmas, and I gave her one of my three-year calendars.
11.30 a.m. Ida came in and brought me a box of chocolates. I gave her a calendar." Herbert Brush.
Our Hidden Lives The Remarkable Diaries of Post-war Britain Simon Garfield