A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 28, 1942

To answer some of the questions our subscribers have been asking about how TIME gathers, verifies, writes and distributes its news.

This will be a strange Christmas for a lot of TIME people.

I suppose the least Christmasy Christmas of all will be George Johnston's in New Guinea. Steamy jungles, evil-smelling swamps and man-high kunai grass are no substitutes for holly wreaths, nor the whine of Jap bullets for jingle bells, as most all the men out there will tell you (you'll find Johnston's story on Christmas with General MacArthur's men in Buna on page 38).

Coldest and snowiest Christmas will be James Aldridge's...

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