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Title : UK Christmas in 1958, HD from 35mm
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.... 0:33 - My GOD! ...... ANOTHER WORLD!! Now you'd be wary of holding a child in That Way; never Mind sitting Them on your knee!
- A year or two older; & the lad would Now have a phone in His hand, providing Him with a 'Window to the World' 🤔🤯 ..... plus God knows what ELSE!!
- IT USED TO BE CALLED
Today for most people in England we have more wealth but materialism and consumerism have, i believe, resulted in a selfish and narcissistic society. And also rejecting Christianity. Times seemed so much simpler prior the 80's, the start of the yuppies and 'me' generation
I grew up in the early 70s, I had books, board games, we went out to play from dusk till dawn and mum didn't know where we were but assumed we were OK. No mobiles, no social media, no body image pressure on kids, innocent TV programmes. There was a fat kid called Tony Stamp who used to pick on us but that was small fry stuff compared to what kids go through today. I'm so glad I grew up without phones and social media 💕
I look back with fond memories and even though I was born in London in 1954 then for me the 70's was thee BEST decade EVER ...BUT, BIG BUT, I've pondered this question for many years and I'm convinced it's finding that happy childhood again of which means children of 2020 WILL look back in 50 years and say GOODNESS, take me back to 2030 or whatever. Laugh if you may but I see it every day from teens to adults saying, oh, back in the day (1990s) and 80s and even the millennium so as much as you might disagree I'm pretty sure that MOSTLY it's a yearning in older years to find happy childhood memories and times. I mean, my Nan in Hampton London was born in 1910 but could the flower power children ever think of going back to Victorian times, back end or further ? No, it's back in the day REGARDLESS of the year TBH :)) Lot's of hostile crap going on in the 60s and 70s globally but I'd go back TONIGHT !! It's a time that i was my happiest, well actually that was 1973 !! Take me there now !! I hear what you're all saying, the good old days but the good old days is the younger years of ANY generation IMHO. Peace, Warmth and Blessings with a huge Dollop of Longevity to ALL here from the 60s and 70s GLOBALLY ✌️🙏 Life is precious so live every day to the fullest ❤️
Think that was a restaurant meal - certainly no ordinary gathering in a domestic home! The national and global population was smaller, travel was limited, there were fewer car owners, fewer motorways, abysmal back to back housing replaced by equally abysmal high-rise blocks of cramped flats, Social Services were nowhere near the standard they are now (!), hearing aids were clumsy boxes worn around the neck if you were lucky enough to get one, spectacles were not free for children ( I know this because my parents had to pay for mine after a preliminary school eye test), plastic was only just becoming available for general and domestic use (remember Tupperware parties?). Let's not get dewy eyed over what we think happened or what the media would have us believe. The 'camera' can and does lie - especially with today's sophisticated editing software. The 50s were the recovery years from WW2, some rationing still existed until 1953, the 60s plunged us into a cold war, some strikes and a deep freeze in 1963. Children were still abused, poverty was rife, schools were disciplined places where corporal punishment still existed and religion was taught as a curriculum subject. Oh yes, and policemen still walked the beat unarmed, usually in twos.
1958 was my first Christmas. Those were the days; whooping cough, poverty, rickets and an early death because medical science was still quite basic. Not to mention smoking everywhere, rampant alcoholism and a diet of lard. Child abuse swept under the carpet, petty crime everywhere and unsafe roads. But we were happy.
Oh my l really wish those days would come back is all me and my sisters had was a selection box l had a puppet we all had games which was second hand but we all sat around xmas night playing our games l was born in the 60s we did not know any different the kids today dont know they are born unless something does not cost more than hundred pounds they dont want to know l blame the parents there again it's a different era now god knows what they would of done if they lived in a back to back house like me happy days
When you hear a 20-30 year old gripe about all the social aspects that "are better now" they're just delusional. All the same negatives that existed in the 50s haven't really changed much. And shopping and travel were FUN back then, not like the nightmare they are today, If you sent something in the mail it arrived, People weren't obsessed with being noticed and cared about how they looked and behaved toward others. And the phones of the day.....a pad and pencil always got you your important messages and people took communication seriously, unlike today. So long as people can TRANSMIT today is all that matters, as if everything you have to say is important.
Some of the comments on here are idiotic. You're coming together to celebrate the birth of a Jewish Middle Eastern baby, and yet banging on about immigrants and how England is no longer English. Dearie me. Exactly WHO is made to feel guilty about celebrating Christmas?!! My (English) children go to school with other
Kids of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds. The majority of the non-Christian parents enter into the spirit of the season.
Such nostalgia! I am afraid my memories are not so good. Parents always rowed; dinner would never had arrived if my Dad hadn’t taken over. One year Mum decided it was all too much (there were only 3 of us!) and decided that we should go to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas dinner! They did do a good meal, but I couldn’t wait to escape and go round to the home of friends, where we had a lovely time. Things might have been simpler, but I much prefer the happy times we share now - myself, my wife, our two children and spouses, who each have two children - our four lovely grandchildren: a great time for the ten of us. Missed it last year, but we managed to have a six-some an Christmas Day and another six-some on Boxing Day. Looking forward to our Easter get-together and to next Christmas.
The best of the year; after collecting money for, “penny for the guy”. We went straight into singing carols, door to door, all the monies we collected was put towards our Christmas Presents... Helping Father Christmas, with our presents on Christmas Day. Oh I am so glad that I lived in this period of History. :-)
I was born in 1958 and life was hard, no indoor toilet or bathroom. But life was
simpler and people were more neighbourly. People these days are too selfish,
and only look after number one. We have lived on the same street for 33 years
now, and only one neighbour has shown any interest in us and gave us help when
we needed it. Everyone else just hide behind closed doors. Just a sign of the
times we now live in.