I grew up in the 1930s. Those were the hard times of the Great Depression. Of course, I was too young to realize how bad things were; and though people in my community were generally poor, no one was in danger of starvation. My father was a physician, so we were somewhat better off than the average family.
Even in those hard times, Christmas was celebrated with family gatherings and gift-giving. It was and continues to be a wonderful time of the year, and little children’s hearts in every home were thrilled with the joy of the season.
As I remember it, purchased games and toys were not much in evidence in the 30s. Money was not available for non-essentials. There were a few inexpensive or homemade gifts, but for the most part children learned to create their own entertainment. They would take an empty thread spool, a matchstick, and a rubber band, and make a little vehicle capable of moving across a hardwood floor. There were also homemade rubber-guns and other such inventions.
As for me, I would sometimes entertain myself for hours by making elaborate structures with playing cards and wooden blocks.
There were always things to do and fun to be had. What wonderful memories!