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Picnic Party (D/DLI 7/427/2(172))
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Have a good look at this photograph (left). This group of people are on a picnic party.

Just like picnics today, they would pack some food and take it with them on a walk. During the walk, they would stop and eat the food.

Try to answer these questions:

  • What are almost all of them wearing, or carrying?
  • Why do you think this might be?
  • How many soldiers in uniform can you see?

So, we know that soldiers and their families still celebrated Christmas and went for picnics, just as they would in England. Let's see what other traditions they took with them.