A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 15, 1961

THIS is the season of lists. Shopping lists, Christmas card lists, guest lists; the annual cycle of anticipation, frustration, desperation and finally gratification, is at hand. TIME celebrates the season with a cover story on the hazards and pleasures of Christmas shopping. Sprinkled throughout are details about what costs most, sells best, or is furthest out, and among these samplings readers may even find a last-minute clue as to what to give a difficult name on their list. But just in case, we have in recent weeks been compiling other lists too. Last...

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