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Cleo Lampos


For 26 years, Cleo Lampos used storytelling, biography and history to reach her classrooms of students in the public schools. Currently, she employs the same techniques to mesmerize senior citizens in community college extension classes. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Master’s Degree in Special Education from St. Xavier University-Chicago, Lampos has written seven books and numerous magazine articles. Living in the Chicago area, she quilts, joins her husband in urban gardening, and enjoys eleven grandchildren.

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A World War II

Holiday Scrapbook


From the moment President Roosevelt announced the Pearl Harbor attack, every corner of the nation experienced change. In little towns all across this great land, families said good-bye to sons and daughters as they went off to a brutal war. Many believed that, with America’s involvement, the war would be over by the next Christmas.

Alas, this was not to be. Many families would not spend the holidays with their deployed loved ones until 1946 or ’47. As the months passed, rationing made typical gift-giving difficult if not impossible. Holiday gifts reverted to the “homemade” sort, department store Santas got a feminine make-over, and in the midst of war, communities pulled together to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.

These are their stories.


Whether you’re a history buff, or crave a bit of nostalgia for “holidays” celebrated with “homemade” gifts and packages sent lovingly to foreign shores, this book is for you.

– 5-Star amazon Customer Review

The Food that Held the World Together


Also by Cleo Lampos

The Food that

Held the World Together

Because of wartime rationing, World War II folks faced fresh challenges to feed their families. The thought of running out of food or not being able to make ends meet led to great effort-many of these citizens had not so long ago survived the hunger of the Great Depression.

Authors Gail Kittleson and Cleo Lampos found answers to these and many other questions while researching The Foods that Held the World Together.