Think back to a simpler time where there was no TV, Radio, Electricity etc. For a mid-western farm family the workday started early and it was a heavy load gathering all the needed items for the days meals and sundries. With an every watchful eye on the coming winter and having enough supplies on hand. If you did not have enough canned goods or energy sources, chances of your family dying during a harsh winter was certain.
Entertainment consisted of fairs and festivals held in the local community. Very often a family would call upon its own resources. This was not a nightly 6:00 to 11:00 fare. Which means it was something to look forward too.