History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

17 December, 2011

Christmas at the Hospital

There are very few things sadder than spending Christmas in hospital... making it all the more touching when people make an effort to make it as Christmassy as possible, as nurses and others have done across the decades. 

Nationaal Archief

Christmas at a sanatorium [hospital for tuberculosis patients, as opposed to sanitarium, for mentally ill patients], the Netherlands, 1950. Source

Nationaal Archief

Christmas in a military hospital, Germany, World War One. Source

State Library of New South Wales

Royal Prince Albert Hospital Christmas, Australia, 1944. Source

© IWM (A 6486)

Nurse feeding patient Christmas pudding at a naval hospital in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 1941. Source

Australian War Memorial

Christmas at a hospital in Gaza, 1941. Source

US National Archives

Christmas at the Rosebud Indian Hospital, South Dakota, 1945. Source

State Library of New South Wales

Christmas party at the Royal Prince Albert Hospital, New South Wales, Australia, 1940. Source

State Library of New South Wales

Santa, nurses, and a camel at the Royal South Sydney Hospital, Australia, 1936. Source

National Archives of Norway

Christmas at the Norwegian Hospital in London, WW2. Source

State Library of New South Wales

And, a kiss between Santa and a nurse at the Royal Prince Alfred hospital, Sydney, 1944. Source

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