A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 27, 1948

On a Christmas Eve many years ago Scrooge promised the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come that he would live in the Past, the Present, and the Future—and not shut out the lessons that they teach.

As for the Past—this Christmas issue of TIME, with its reports on how Americans are moving into the Christmas of 1948, may serve to remind you of some of TIME'S Christmas stories of other years.

As for the Present—to all of you, for all of us, I send my best wishes for a merry, oldfashioned, fun-filled Christmas.

As for the...

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