I read this and I burst out laughing. I think it was some time in the mid-90s that my family went through a large-freezer-chest phase. My parents got one, then it died and they got another. Each set of grandparents got one. Aunts and uncles on both side. Our downstairs neighbors. THEIR downstairs neighbors, too. WOW. I remember thinking... what's with the freezers?!
Some weeks before I set out on this journey, my father had summoned a family meeting. "There arrives a time in the life of every family," he had said in his opening words, "when it becomes ready to acquire a large freezer chest."
From "Everything" in Love and Obstacles, by Aleksandar Hemon
I am still confused about it. I think that people at the time were still worried about food shortages and wanted to stock up on essentials, in case something happened. Also, of course, we used to slaughter the family pig once a year, usually around Christmas. I think my grandparents still do. Storage must have been an issue before deep-freezers came into the picture.
Photo via Prof. Grady