Five great intergenerational ice-breakers for the first month in the new year:
New Year’s celebrations
How did people celebrate New Year during and after the war years in Britain? What traditions did families follow? Does anyone actually know the words to Auld Lang Syne?
New Year’s Resolutions
Everyone has a story about the making (and breaking) of New Year’s resolutions. It’s conversational gold.
Thank you letters
Nowadays, a quick email does the trick, but older people will remember the arguments with their parents (and children) about writing Christmas thank-you letters to Granny, and Aunty, and Great Uncle…..
We can do it all online now, but people used to stay up all night queuing outside shops to grab themselves a January bargain. Who has the best January sales story?
Coughs, colds and sore throats
What’s the most outrageous cold cure anyone has ever heard of? In the 1940s and 50s, a sore throat was often treated with half an onion, wrapped in a sock, and tied around the throat. Socks featured heavily in cold cures back in the day: a popular earache cure was to heat salt over the open fire, pour it into a sock and tie the sock to the affected ear.